The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 7, 2014

Crisis intervention training May 19-20

HERMITAGE — “Group Crisis Intervention” is the topic of this year’s training seminar in Hermitage for chaplains, clergy, first responders, and mental health professionals.

The two-day course will be held May 19-20 at Hermitage Fire Station 3. The class is sponsored by the Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department, Hermitage Police Department, EMMCO West, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hermitage.

When firefighters, police officers, emergency medical service personnel, and other emergency responders respond to scenes that are really bad, they sometimes need psychological, emotional and spiritual care that goes beyond one-on-one counselling. Since 1983, that care has been provided via Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), created to enable emergency service personnel (and others) to return to their daily routine more quickly and with less likelihood of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Group Crisis Intervention introduces the fundamentals of CISM and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions: demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

For more information and a registration form, visit (look for the Chaplains tab) or call St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 724-342-2310.

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