CISM Response Interventions

Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is an immediate and short-term emergency response to mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and behavioral distress. Crisis interventions help to restore an individual’s equilibrium to their biopsychosocial functioning and minimize the potential for long-term trauma or distress.

Crisis interventions are best conducted by trained and credentialed crisis intervention practitioners. Crisis intervention is not intended to provide psychotherapy or similar treatment but offers a short-term intervention to help responders receive social support, stabilization, assistance, and resources for extended care when necessary.

Any person attending a group intervention always has the right to listen only and not participate.  No one is ever required to speak.

The Rhode Island CISM team provides support for the following types of interventions:

1.  Pre-crisis planning \ education \ strategic planning

2.  On-scene support \ organizational consultation

3.  Demobilizations

4.  Crisis Management Briefings (CMB)

5.  Defusings

6.  Debriefings (CISD)

7.  Pastoral \ spiritual care

8.  Responder family support

9.  Individual contacts \ peer support

10. Post-incident education opportunities

11. Follow up and \ or referral for treatment