Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy

Serving the Hearts & Minds of Central Oregon's First Responders
 
 

Central Oregon CISM


 Welcome to Central Oregon CISM
Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy provides CISM which is a method of helping first responders and others who have been involved with events that leave them emotionally and/or physically affected by those incidents. CISM is a process that enables peers to help their peers understand problems that might occur after an event. This process also helps people prepare to continue to perform their services or in some cases return to a normal lifestyle. We provide ICISF training for individuals and agencies who are interested in becoming a part of a crisis management team, or for an organization that is dedicated to helping individuals or groups recover from incidents. 
For more information: https://ccism-cert.org

Central Oregon CISM Team is dispatched to major events when requested by agencies and organizations that necessitates that the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team is responsible for mitigating severe stress and enhancing psychological resilience among emergency responders. Jurisdictions may also refer to this team as a Peer Support Team or First Responder Stress Support Team (FRSST). Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is the selection and implementation of the most appropriate crisis intervention tactics to best respond to the needs of the situation at hand. CISM has multiple components that can be used before, during, and after a crisis.

The Central Oregon CISM Team:
1. Assesses and prioritizes the behavioral health needs of first responders to an event
2. Provides peer-led, mental health-informed interventions to mitigate common stress responses and facilitate return to work. Interventions include:
a. Individual psychological first aid or crisis intervention
b. Education regarding normal stress responses and coping strategies for psychological resilience through informational groups such as Rest Information and Transition Services for first responders and Crisis Management Briefings for those with supportive functions and civilians
c. Group interventions to discuss responder experiences and elicit social support, including interactive group processes such as defusing and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
3. Provides referrals to community resources for follow-up or to address the need for higher levels of care
4. We meet quarterly as a team to train and improve our skills. 

We provide peer support and training to agencies/organizations who are beginning or imporving their peer support teams. Peer support personnel are certified first responders with specialized training through ICISF as peer support personnel and experience providing peer counseling and training. CISM teams do provide a “focused” peer support service when delivering a Critical Stress debriefing, defusing, or demobilization, they have historically not been trained to offer “general” peer support services; those support services offered outside of a singularly stressful event.   

Reviews

Amy Hinkle - Operations and Policy Analyst
Oregon Department of Human Services; Child Welfare program

The GRIN and Advanced Group Intervention classes through the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy have been an incredibly valuable experience!  The instructors are very educated and knowledgeable, and they encouraged my input and participation in order to connect the content with my department’s needs.  Not only were the instructors helpful in assuring my understanding of the content, they did so with compassion and humor.  Their on- going connection, follow up, interest and support truly shows the passion they have to provide care for each one of us in all of our communities! 
Because of their training and continued support, I know we have been able to make a positive difference in supporting over 100 ODHS staff wellbeing!


AJ - Deschutes County 911 Dispatch
"I recently attending the Group and Individuals in Crisis Intervention taught by Jim Crowley training put on by COPC.. There is a significant amount of acumulative and immediate trauma that are entertwined while working at 9-1-1. In order to deal effectively, we were given various tools to begin processing what we are exposed to. The training presented by COPC and Jim Crowley focused on some major themes that I can apply while working with peers and critical incident stress events. I also learned that the tools that were presented in the course can interchangeably be utilized by dispatchers while on the phone with members of the public. This course is a perfect fit for first responders looking to learn more about how they can support and empower their peers, and ultimately themselves as well, when it comes to exposure to crisis and trauma."

Dr. Stephanie M. Conn, Licensed Psychologist, First Responder Psychology
"I thoroughly enjoyed taking Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis with Jim and Mike. They have a wealth of experience and know how to share that with adult learners. They are engaging, passionate, and knowledgeable instructors, which makes the course lively and informative. I regularly refer peer team members to them for training, as I trust they will get quality instruction. I also know that they practice what they preach, as I have had the pleasure of working alongside them during critical incident responses."


CISM Certification is for but not limited to:

  • Emergency Responders
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Public Health Personnel
  • Disaster Responders
  • Educator
  • Peer Support Programs
  • Clergy
  • Employee Assistance Professionals
  • CERT team members and others who are interested in demonstrating knowledge in CISM.
  • Organizations who desire to promote and ensure a fundamental and standardized knowledge base among its personnel who respond to crisis and trauma.

For a schedule of CISM trainings, please click here for our calander.


For CISM material, please refer to our resource page.
We provide ICISF training through approved ICISF instructors.

For Individual and group ICISF trainings (GRIN) or other Advanced courses please go to our calander, call Chaplain Joel Stutzman at 541-213-8303, or email him at joel.p.stutzman@gmail.com.


 https://icisf.org For more information about CISM please click on this link: