Acute Tramatic Stress Management™
When called upon, emergency responders are responsible for the safety and medical needs of those to whom they respond. However, little or nothing is typically done to manage the acute traumatic stress factors for both the responder and those responded to. We now have proven techniques to address those emergent psychological needs!
Much has been written about crisis intervention — "psychological first-aid" introduced in the aftermath of a tragedy. In recent years, effective interventions have been developed for "demobilizing," "defusing," and "debriefing" people after disengagement from a crisis following a traumatic experience.
Notwithstanding, there is little information offering practical strategies to help emergency responders and those responded to during a traumatic event. This is a time when individuals are perhaps most suggestible and vulnerable to traumatic stress — a tremendous opportunity for intervention. Traumatic stress disables people, causes disease, precipitates mental disorders, leads to substance abuse, and destroys relationships and families.
Acute Traumatic Stress Management (ATSM) fills this ‘gap’ by teaching four specific areas that are in great need of attention:
1) Traumatic stress management for the responder during the event
2) Traumatic stress management for the person responded to, during the event
3) Mitigating the long term effects of acute traumatic stress
4) Proper death/serious injury notification training
CISM Perspectives was one of the first board-certified consulting services to offer this groundbreaking program from its inception in 2001. ATSM was used extensively at World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Please contact us to discuss bringing this invaluable training to your emergency responders!