Critical Incident Peer Support, THSP
Critical incidents or traumatic events can be overwhelming events that happen unexpectedly. Critical incidents may cause unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with individual’s ability to work safely or function normally. All that is necessary is that the incident, regardless of the type, generates unusually strong feelings in the emergency workers. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is designed to reduce the negative impact of the critical incident. CISM is a multi-faceted, multi-component program offering various intervention strategies appropriate for the type of incident, the nature of the incident, number of employees involved, and other extenuating circumstances.
A CISM Peer Supporter provides crisis intervention serves as needed and must have a strong understanding of CISM intervention strategies. This position requires the CISM Peer Supporter to have training and experience in providing the complete scope of CISM intervention strategies necessary to meet the demands of the incident. This may include crisis intervention assessments, strategic planning for interventions, one-on-one support, group crisis intervention support, and follow-up/referral services. The CISM Peer Supporter must maintain the confidentiality of information obtained in the course of providing CISM services. As a CISM Peer Supporter service provided must be within the level of competence and makes appropriate referrals. Works is sedentary but may require long hours and travel. Work can be at incident camps, on site, school rooms, and office settings.
Position will be supervised by the Incident Commander.
Qualifications/Training Required for Position:
- Mid-level ICS experience – ICS 100 and ICS 700
- Group Crisis Intervention – 14 hours – ICISF
- Individual Crisis Intervention – 13 hours – ICISF; or
- NPS Basic Critical Incident Stress Management – 24 hous