Current events over the last few years have undoubtedly highlighted the value of CISM trained peer teams. Unfortunately, limited resources and shifting priorities often make their implementation an afterthought until a crisis unfolds. Even then a lack of understanding pertaining to the mission of peer support in a crisis can hinder effectiveness. This will discuss the delivery of services “on the fly” for situations in which there has been limited pre-event peer support response planning. Topics for this offering include:
- Understanding and navigating public safety mindset factors which may perpetuate stigma and create resistance to CISM operations.
- Identifying practical and relatable language to help define peer support parameters and their desired outcomes during crisis events.
- Cobbling together an ad-hoc CISM response to meet your most critical needs.
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