A five-day Critical Incident Stress Management course, which will take place on 13-17 May at Carlow’s Institute of Technology, aims to provide an awareness of workplace critical incident stress and to develop key competencies, skills and knowledge in managing and responding appropriately to critical/traumatic incidents across a wide and diverse range of occupational contexts.

The course programme, which incorporates ICISF Individual and Group Crisis Interventions, will address 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 wishing to implement a psycho-social CISM Peer Support system for their staff, to fulfill the national policy (Work PositiveCI – Health and Safety Authority, State Claims Agency & 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 and psychological crisis intervention • Evidence-based practice • Common psychological and behavioural crisis reactions • Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms • SAFER-Revised model • Suicide intervention • Large group crisis interventions • Small group crisis interventions • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Additional courses will be offered during the week of 2 September and 2 December 2019. Times: 9:30-12:30pm and 1:30-5pm. CISM (academic modules): two days ICISF (practical intervention): Programme Fee: €800.

The programme, which will be assessed through a combination of take-home assignments and in-class practical walk-through exercises, 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. Applicants’ prior learning (either formal or informal) may be considered as part of the entry requirements for the programme. A significant knowledge of CISM in the workplace is recommended.

For further information contact the Extended Campus Office, IT Carlow, on 059-9175286; email: or apply here online.