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Articles of the Week: 11/26/12

Compassion - Employment  10/26/12    JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY

Provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) interventions in catastrophic situations and emergencies in coordination with Compassion's Crisis….

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Vacancy: Stress Counsellor, New York    October 2012   JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organizational Setting and Reporting The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The post is located in the Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU), within the Field Support Service. This post reports to the Chief of CISMU. Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in psychology, psychiatry, psychoeducational studies and/or special education. A valid certification to practice at national level in clinical psychology, psychiatry, psychoeducation, and/ or special education is required. Additional certification in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, family counselling, critical incident stress management, and or cross-cultural communication is desirable. http://unjobs.org/vacancies/1351099207382


The Effectiveness of Psychological First Aid as a Disaster Intervention Tool: Research Analysis of Peer-Reviewed Literature From 1990-2010. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Oct;6(3):247-252.  

Fox JH, Burkle FM Jr, Bass J, Pia FA, Epstein JL, Markenson D.Source Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Chapter, Albany (Dr Fox); Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge. Massachusetts; Department of International Health (Dr Burkle) and Department of Mental Health (Dr Bass), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland; American Red Cross First Aid and Safety and Preparedness, Disaster Health Sub-Council (Drs Fox, Burkle, Pia, and Bass and Mr Epstein) and Advisory Council (Dr Markenson). Dr Fox is a psychologist in private practice, Albany, New York. Dr Pia is an independent consultant in New York, New York. Abstract Objective:  The Advisory Council of the American Red Cross Disaster Services requested that an independent study determine whether first-aid providers without professional mental health training, when confronted with people who have experienced a traumatic event, offer a "safe, effective and feasible intervention." Methods:  Standard databases were searched by an expert panel from 1990 to September 2010 using the keyword phrase "psychological first aid." Documents were included if the process was referred to as care provided to victims, first responders, or volunteers and excluded if it was not associated with a disaster or mass casualty event, or was used after individual nondisaster traumas such as rape and murder. This search yielded 58 citations. Results:  It was determined that adequate scientific evidence for psychological first aid is lacking but widely supported by expert opinion and rational conjecture. No controlled studies were found. There is insufficient evidence supporting a treatment standard or a treatment guideline. Conclusion:  Sufficient evidence for psychological first aid is widely supported by available objective observations and expert opinion and best fits the category of "evidence informed" but without proof of effectiveness. An intervention provided by volunteers without professional mental health training for people who have experienced a traumatic event offers an acceptable option. Further outcome research is recommended. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23077267


Job: Consultant - Peer Helper Program Training Co-Facilitator, UNDP, Kenya  

11/8/12    (UN)  Kenya  JOB OPENING/OPPORTUNITY The Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU)-Somalia works to provide psychosocial support to UN personnel working inside Somalia and for Somalia offices in Nairobi. One of the objectives of CISMU is to establish Critical Incident ...



Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Efforts

To all ICISF CISM Teams and CISM Trained Individuals

Our partners at Green Cross have contacted ICISF to advise that they are beginning to send out the assessment materials for Pre-Deployment to areas impacted by the recent storms in the Northeast.

For those individuals and/or teams that may want to participate in a potential response, please review the information below provided by Green Cross.

Please let me know if you able to respond.

We are beginning to send out the assessment materials for the Pre-Deployment. These materials help us determine if you are eligible to deploy. These materials are found here

Once you are on the website, there are a few steps listed on the link there for you. After you have completed the steps, these are the following things I need from you:

1. Proof of FEMA ICS 100 Course 2. Self-Assessment Scores 3. Self-Assessment Form
Another thing I would like, which is not mentioned on this list, is a 1"X 1" square photo of you. This is just to create an ID card that you will be using while deployed. Please also include a brief description of your background.
You can Fax these documents to us, e-mail them or express mail them, whichever one works best for you. We would like these to be done as soon as possible; preferably by the end of the day, or over the weekend.

Also, any donations to help fund the deployment are more than appreciated. If you would like to make a donation please follow this link to our website.

To donate, please select the donate option within the PayPal module, and follow the steps given.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, thank you.

Dr. Dan Casey, CT       
Director GCAT        
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Jessica Arensman     
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Article of the Week 11/05/12

Debriefing after a Crisis                August 2007  

What is the best way to resolve moral distress? Don’t suffer in silence.

Employees may benefit from brief interventions, called debriefing or critical incident stress debriefing (CISD), when exposed to a traumatic event.



Article of the Week 10/22/12

The Verdict Is In: CISM Endorsed By The U.N.

Controversy has abounded since the mid 90’s over the efficacy of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).  Intended as multi-component staff support program, CISM has been extended well beyond the purpose for which it was designed, as a support for emergency support workers in times of crisis and war.



Article of the Week: 10/01/12

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) – Commandant Instruction 1754.3A USCG United States Coast Guard

An In depth definition of Critical Incident Stress Management in the US Coast Gaurd