The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program, which operates under the auspices of the Division of Programs and Community Services, was formed to provide assistance and support to New Jersey Department of Corrections employees and their families during critical incidents. The program seeks to stabilize negative impact as a result of a tragic event.
A critical incident is an event that causes unusually strong reactions that have the potential to interfere with an employee's ability to function at the time the event occurs or at a later time.
Examples of traumatic incidents include line-of-duty deaths, serious injuries, personal assaults, and threats of violence. During the course of their careers, NJDOC employees may experience such critical events as:
It is normal for a person to experience symptoms of stress because of an unexpected abnormal situation. However, what is traumatic for one person may not be traumatic for another; individuals will vary in their responses to a critical event.
Decisions involving the appropriateness of providing Critical Incident Stress Management services must be made in accordance with established department policies and procedures.
Once the CISM coordinator decides to hold a debriefing, the team leader will be contacted to provide a team of trained debriefers as soon as arrangements can be made. Typically, it is not held less than 24 hours after the event.
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The dictionary defines peer as "one who has equal standing with another." Support is defined as "to help keep from failing during stress." It is important to note that CISM is a peer support team not a counseling service.