Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

A Critical Incident has been defined as "Any situation faced by human service personnel that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or later...All that is necessary is that the incident, regardless of type, trauma, violence, threat of violence, etc., generates unusually strong feelings in the human service workers."

It has been found to be cost-effective and necessary for productivity and morale to have such planning, and debriefing means in place not only for emergency services, fire and police organizations, hospitals and disaster relief services, but for any organizations providing human services, such as schools and public transportation.

We live in a world now where trauma, terror, violence and natural disaster are more common occurrences.

While the roots of CISM are found in the emergency services going back to the late 1970s, CISM is now becoming the "standard of care" and a vital part of Human Resource Management in many organizations, communities and schools outside the field of emergency services.

The psychological numbing and disorientation that can occur can be not only short range but long range, dysfunctional not only for the individual but for the work unit and organization. Understanding the hidden wounds and "hidden healing" can be vital.

The goals in the Debriefing process are to mitigate the impact of the incident and to accelerate the recovery process. This debriefing has been found to greatly relieve the stress of a critical Incident in normal, emotionally healthy people who have experienced traumatic events.

Has your organization has addressed yet the need for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), either in planning or by developing a Debriefing (CISD) Team and protocol for going into action upon call?

Dr. Baute is able to furnish Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and to provide, when appropriate ongoing stress management training and counseling in the work place for groups, teams and for individuals.

He has developed handouts to educate about stress which can help both to mitigate the impact of the incident and accelerate the recovery process. He has also studied various models and techniques of CIS Debriefing and coached organizations and leaders in stress management techniques as well as individuals and groups over many years. Dr. Baute also does screening for people who need additional assistance. Because he is also a pastoral counselor, he can bring a unique perspective to his work applying psychology to the work place.

It is of considerable help to have a person who is both psychologist and pastoral counselor as part of this team and planning. Let him know if he can be of assistance in this. His office is in Lexington, Kentucky, and he is available for consultation in Central Kentucky.

Paschal Baute
telephone (859) 293-5302
cell phone (859) 576-6512

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