TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT Critical Incident Stress Management ...
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
Frank E. Shelp, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner
Division of Mental Health
Two Peachtree Street, NW • Suite 23.415 • Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-3142 • 404-657-2273
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM):
Group Crisis Intervention
To: Regional Coordinators
Community Providers of Mental Health and Addictive Diseases Services
From: David A. Sofferin, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Mental Health
Jeannette David, Disaster Preparedness Planner, Division of Mental Health
CC: Department Management Team
Date: October 7, 2009
This announcement contains information about an upcoming training event on Critical Incident Stress
Management (CISM): Group Crisis Intervention.
Title: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Group Crisis Intervention
Background: The recent flooding that occurred in Georgia emphasizes the importance of increasing
Georgia’s capability to handle the complex mental health reactions of first responders and
first receivers to traumatic and overwhelming incidents. Once again, The Department of
Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is continuing to partner with
the Georgia Division of Public Health to offer training in Critical Incident Stress
The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Group Crisis Intervention training is a
two-day course designed to develop and/or further prepare community hospitals and
community health center CISM teams.
Audience: This training is designed for clinical staff. The DBHDD is pleased to make this
training available to those working for Community Providers of Mental Health and
Addictive Diseases Services.
This would include:
• Psychiatrists and Other Physicians
• Social Workers
Others who will be attending are community hospital and community health center staff,
such as Chaplains, Social Workers, and other licensed mental health workers and EAP
staff. EMS providers and public health staff have also been invited to attend.
Presenter: The course will be taught by Jim Nelms, a faculty member of the International Critical
Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), an organization of over 600 CISM trained teams that
are dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress through education,
training and support services. Mr. Nelms is the Director of the Georgia Critical Incident
Stress Management Team. A 23-year veteran of public safety, Mr. Nelms has spent the
last 19 years developing peer support resources and administering crisis support at more
than 300 critical incidents. For more information about ICISF, go to www.icisf.org.
Description: This course consists of two days (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) of lecture, guided, discussions,
exercise scenarios and one-on-one practice of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
and counseling techniques. The training includes a wide range of crisis intervention
services, including pre- and post-incident crisis education, significant support services, on-
scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilizations after large-scale
traumatic incidents, small group defusing and the group intervention known as Critical
Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The course specifically prepares participants to
provide interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing and the CISD. The need for
follow up services and referrals when necessary is also covered. Evidence gathered to
date strongly supports the multi-component crisis intervention strategy discussed in this
Objectives: The objectives of the Group Crisis Intervention course are:
• Define stress, Critical Incident Stress (CIS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• List the 10 basic interventions of CISM
• Define and describe the CISM group process of Demobilization, Defusing and
Location: Please arrive at 8:00am. The training will take place from 8:30am to 5:00pm on each
day. Full attendance at both days of training is required.
Group Crisis Intervention
Training Dates Deadline to Location
November November 10, 2009 Southwestern State Hospital
19 & 20, 2009 400 South Pinetree Blvd
Thomasville, GA 31792
Registration: Please email the Registration Form on Page 4 to Dhoud Samba at
email@example.com by the registration deadline indicated on page 2.
Registrations will only be accepted when submitted via email. For additional
information contact: Dhoud Samba @ (404) 657-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CEUs: CEUs for this course are offered as follows:
Psychologists 4 hrs; EAP personnel 14 hrs; Nurses 16.8 hrs; and Substance Abuse
personnel 14 hrs.
Travel: Through a special arrangement with the Department of Community Health, Division
of Public Health, all travel expenses (meals, mileage and lodging) will be
reimbursed for participants that travel over 50 miles to the training location.
Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements and reservations.
Participants will be given a DHR travel form and a W9 Form at the training. To receive
reimbursement following the training, the completed forms must be mailed or faxed to:
Office of Preparedness
40 Pryor St, 4th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
FAX (404) 463-5395
Contact: For more information, contact Jeannette David, Disaster Preparedness Planner,
Division of Mental Health at (404) 657-2354 or via email: email@example.com
This Training Announcement will be posted on the DBHDD web page. Training
Announcement Updates will be posted routinely to this web page. To download or print
the announcement, go to: www.dbhdd.georgia.gov from the menu on the left, select
Registration Form is on the Next Page.
Department of Community Health
Division of Emergency Preparedness & Response
CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT (CISM)
GROUP CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Date and Location: Southwestern State Hospital, Thomasville GA 31792 - November 19-20, 2009
Address: 400 South Pinetree Blvd - Telephone: 229-227-2824
REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE: November 10, 2009
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HOTEL RESERVATION: All participants are responsible for making their own
TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT: All travel expenses (meals, mileage and lodging) will be
reimbursed for participants that travel over 50 miles to the training location (one way). DCH
Travel Form, W-9 and hotel receipt (if applicable) must be submitted to ASPR Finance POC
for reimbursement. These documents are handed out at the class.
Sign-In Time: 8:00am Class Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm each day
For further information contact Dhoud Samba: 404-657-2556 or email email@example.com