Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

CISM is a specialized package of crisis intervention techniques used to alleviate reactions to traumatic experiences. CISM represents a description of a comprehensive, integrated, and multi-component crisis intervention program.

This program is aimed at debriefing the community after a “critical incident” to ensure that the community is cared for and being connected to services if needed.

  • Gryphon Place is the “hub” for three separate CISM teams: community, first responders, and schools. Different teams respond to different incidents as appropriate.
  • CISM is available to the community as an “in-kind” service and is geared towards the immediate response to a crisis.
  • Critical Incident Stress Management is not a solution to trauma, but a way for those who have been traumatized to get the support they need.


Types of Intervention 

The type of interventions/debriefings recommended vary based on circumstances which include the group, individuals involved, the setting, the incident itself, and more. Gryphon Place is prepared to provide any of the following interventions:

Crisis Management Briefing (CMB): This is intervention is informational. It’s purpose is to inform large groups about a any event that will have or has had a great impact on those individuals. A CMB can happen before, during, or after the incident.

Defusing: The purpose of this debriefing is to help individuals/groups cope with the impact of an incident.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD): A CISD is an interactive group that allows members to debrief with one another. It promotes recovery in order to allow individuals get back to their day-to-day activities as soon as possible.


To set up a CISM debriefing please email Nichole, at