Critical Incident Stress
represents an integrated and comprehensive
multi-component approach to the provision of
psychological crisis intervention and disaster mental
health (Everly & Mitchell, 2008).Unique stressors exist for
those who choose to assist others, especially in
emergency events. – “the cost of caring”.
CISM integrates the latest
theories and research in psychological stress and
CISM represents a "continuum of care" that addresses
various components of emergency response from a
psychological perspective – from mitigation,
preparedness, response and recovery.
Stabilization of psychological functioning,
of psychological dysfunction or distress,
- Return to
Facilitation to a higher level of care if needed
CISM helps keep the helpers
and doing what they love doing – helping others.
CISM is a
peer driven program with mental
health professionals a “back-up”.
unique to the event is the focus of CISM activities.
CISM is committed to
assisting each CAP volunteer to be psychologically ready
for various psychologically challenging
life events and to return home psychologically safe
after each mission.
physical first aid is to surgery, psychological crisis
intervention is to psychotherapy.”(Everly
& Mitchell, 2008).
Information Request Form
If you have
any questions or comments about the CISM program,
please use the form below. Your comment/question
will be forwarded to the respective National CISM
CAP National Headquarters
105 South Hansell Street
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6332