Samaritan Center To Offer Free Critical Incident Stress Management Training

The Samaritan Center at Good Samaritan will be offering free Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training to local residents of Knox, Daviess, Pike and Martin Counties. CISM is a form of psychological “first aid” that includes interventions like stress management education, stress resistance and crisis mitigation to help individuals cope after a traumatic event.

Individuals who are CISM certified respond to traumatic events to ‘debrief’ those who were involved. The debriefing allows those affected by trauma to talk about their experience, feelings and receive closure after the trauma, ultimately lessening the impact of the crisis on the person.

“We have a growing need for CISM trained professionals in our communities,” said Kristi Scherer, Director of Inpatient Operations with the Samaritan Center. “Very few people are trained in our area to help those involved in a traumatic event. Our goal is to have multiple CISM certified individuals in our surrounding counties so we can help more people recover faster from a crisis.”

The training lasts three days on November 17, 18 and 19 in Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan. There are no qualifications needed before the training, except good listening skills, empathy and a desire to help others in difficult times. In addition, it is recommended that participants have good personal coping skills and relationship boundaries. Thanks to Good Samaritan’s Foundation, this class is free to all participants.

The trainers for the course will be Kimble Richardson, MS, LMHC, LCSW, LCAC and Lindi Holt, PH.D, NCEE, NRP, who are both approved trainers with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and have more than 50 years of crisis prevention experience between them. Richardson does a vast amount of public and professional speaking on a wide variety of behavioral health topics. He also holds an appointment by the governor to the Behavioral Health and Human Services licensure board and currently is the board vice president and administrative law judge. Dr. Holt currently serves as an EMS Educator for the Community Health Network. Professionally, she has served on the State of Indiana EMS Education Committee, the EMS Working Group, and as a member, and current treasurer, of the National Association of EMS Educator’s and is a regular presenter at state and national conferences.

Certified CISM trainee and counselor at the Samaritan Center, Dan Sievers, LCSW, knows the importance of debriefing after a traumatic event. “I have been called in numerous times to debrief groups after a traumatic incident has occurred,” said Sievers. “To be able to help others cope and heal after something tragic is very rewarding. There are processes in place that help CISM trained individuals lessen the impact of a crisis and help them understand that they are having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.”

Those interested in completing the three-day training can fill out an application and agreement at any Samaritan Center office. Only 40 participants will be accepted, so space is limited. Applicants are encouraged to call Kristi Scherer or Dan Sievers with any questions at 812-885-3292.

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