ND Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team

Providing Care for the Care Providers

Downloadable CISM Brochure



CISM educational / refresher training opportunity

CISM - "The Psychology of Disaster: Managing Behavioral Issues in Disasters and Providing Crisis Support".
Date: 7/30/2015

The seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. to complete registration forms.

Location: Bismarck; North Dakota State Capitol Room 210 (2nd Floor Judicial Wing)

If you have previously attended a complete CISM training and are currently a State CISM Team member, mileage will be reimbursed by the Division of EMS and Trauma upon submission of travel reimbursement forms and completion of appropriate forms agreeing to another three year commitment to serve on the State Team.

Registration is available on the ND Division of Emergency Services website:
DES Registration

This Critical Incident Stress Management Video Conference Seminar, featuring Dr. Jeffery Mitchell is provided by The Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. 

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Emergency, Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. After serving as a firefighter /paramedic he developed a comprehensive, systematic, integrated and multi-component crisis intervention program called "Critical Incident Stress Management." He has authored over 250 articles and 10 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychological Reports: Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. He has been honored by the Austrian Red Cross with the Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention. Dr. Mitchell is board certified in traumatic stress and credentialed as a Diplomat and a Member of the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has been approved as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. The United Nations has appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in discussion. 

The Seminar will be held at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck in Room 210 onJuly 30, 2015. The seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. to complete registration forms. Please bring your FEMA Student ID number. If you do not have a Student ID number (FEMA SID) please go towww.cdp.dhs.gov/femasid to apply. Plan to have an early lunch or bring a sack lunch with you.

Questions may be directed to Brenda Vossler or Larry Regorrah. 


The State CISM Team
he ND Critical Incident Stress Management Team is composed of emergency service personnel and mental health professionals that volunteer their time, energy and resources. Team members receive special training and make a commitment to serve on the ND CISM Team.

Debriefing, Defusing and Proactive Services
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel - including law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance attendants and others - are subjected to stress-inducing events as part of their normal day-to-day activity. At times, an extraordinary event occurs that produces unusually high levels of stress. High stress levels can also be a result of an accumulation of continued events. These stressful situations may lead to unhealthy habits or possibly even leaving the EMS field. The North Dakota Department of Health (DoH) established a critical incident stress management (CISM) system in order to provide assistance in developing healthy stress-coping mechanisms and to assist in the retention of EMS personnel.

Who We Serve
All Emergency Services / Responders including:  Ambulance services, Quick Response Units, Dispatching Agencies, Fire / Rescue, Law Enforcement.

System Activation
North Dakota's CISM system can be activated by calling State Radio at 701.328.9921 seven days a week, 24 hours a day (page 6501) or by contacting the DEMST office (701.328.2388 or 866.382.3367) during regular business hours. Upon request, the State CISM Coordinator will contact a CISM regional coordinator who will assemble a local team of CISM responders available for assistance at a mutually agreed upon time and place. The number of CISM responders will be directly related to the number of EMS personnel expected to participate in the CISM debriefing.

Upon calling to request a CISM debriefing the State CISM Coordinator will need some basic information:

  1. Contact information
  2. Event
  3. Time / date of event
  4. Participants (EMS, law enforcement, fire, etc and number of each)
  5. Possible preferred date of debriefing

DEMST in cooperation with the Division of Emergency Services (DES) provides proactive training sessions to the North Dakota EMS community that teach healthy stress-coping practices and give an overview of the critical incident stress debriefing process, as well as trainings for new CISM team members as funding allows.

There is no charge for the CISM service.

For more information or for copies of the CISM brochure, contact DEMST

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