A five-day Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) programme will take place at Carlow’s Institute of Technology from 19-23 November.

The aim of the CISM programme is to provide an awareness of workplace critical incident stress and to develop key competencies, skills and knowledge in the field of managing and responding appropriately to critical/traumatic incidents across a wide and diverse range of workplaces.

The programme addresses the important issue of protecting the psychological health and safety of workers in occupational groups likely to be exposed to critical incidents during the course of their work, in compliance with national policy.

The CISM module can be delivered ‘in-house’ for organisations that wish to implement a psychosocial CISM peer support system for their staff fulfilling the national policy – Work Positive CI (which was developed by the Health and Safety Authority, State Claims Agency and CISM Network Ireland).

 Programme Details

  • The history of CISM
  • Legal imperatives on employers
  • Psychosocial risk assessment
  • Research context for variety of occupational groups
  • Key CISM interventions and core components

 International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) individual and group support interventions:

  • Psychological crisis intervention
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Common psychological and behavioural crisis reactions
  • Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
  • SAFER-Revised model
  • Suicide intervention
  • Large and small group crisis interventions
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

The CISM programme will be assessed through a combination of take-home assignments and in-class practical walk-through exercises. It is accredited by the Institute of Technology Carlow. In addition, certification will be provided by ICISF on completion of the peer and group intervention exercises. An additional course will be held in January 2019.

For further information phone 059-9175286; e-mail: or click here to apply online