Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

The Daytona Beach CISM Team was established to provide a form of crisis intervention specifically designed to help the city of Daytona Beach employees and its community cope with the psychological stresses inherent in their professions.

Operational since 1988, the Daytona Beach CISM team provides critical incident stress management intervention for particularly stressful events such as multiple casualty incidents, the death of a child, the death of a co-worker, traumatic incidents involving critical media coverage, failure of rescue efforts following prolonged intervention and other events that are unusually emotionally stressful.

Two on-duty team coordinators receive and screen requests for services. When the need for a formal CISM intervention is determined, the team coordinator contacts one or more team members as needed for the requested intervention. A CISM team member specializing in mental health provider will be present for all debriefings, line of duty death, and may be included on other incidents as perceived appropriate by the on-duty team coordinator or on-site team leader by request. Debriefings will generally last two to three hours. Travel time may vary considerably.

Team Members
The Daytona Beach CISM Team consists of approximately 25-40 active team members who rotate to interventions on the basis of intervention needs and availability. Other factors considered in assigning a team member include the type of service organization the individual represents and not being familiar with the individuals involved. Confidentiality of services is stressed. The volume of interventions varies from month to month.

Team Meetings
Other team member responsibilities include attending monthly CISM team meetings. Members are required to attend at least four team meetings annually. The purpose of these meetings includes:
  • Providing continuing education programs
  • Discussing the dynamics that occurred in the prior month’s interventions
  • Providing an opportunity for members to get to know each other before working together during an intervention increasing team cohesion
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, the addressing of problems and brainstorming
  • Addressing CISM business, current events and funding issues
  • Debriefing the CISM team members who conducted a debriefing when necessary

Committees & Task Groups
Members serve on committees and special task groups. They are also assigned to present continuing education programs to the CISM team as requested. Education regarding critical incident stress is the first step in efficient utilization of the CISM process.

Prospective Team Members
Prospective team members are asked to complete an Application Form and a Memo of Understanding. They are requested to make a two-year commitment of service with the team. Two, two-day training sessions (ICISF approved group crisis intervention and the ICISF approved Individual Crisis intervention and Peer Support courses) are provided for team members and perspective team members. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory within one year of team membership. Selection of new team members usually occurs within six months of course completion. Applications must be submitted prior interview and selection

If you have further questions regarding membership on the Daytona Beach CISM team, please contact Carrie Courtney at (386) 671-5418 or Larry Stoney at (386) 679-5921.