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Education briefs for Oct. 27

October 27, 2010
Marshall Independent

Critical Incident Stress Management Team created

The SW/WC Service Cooperative is leading the efforts towards the creation of a regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team to serve school districts in the 18 counties in southwest and west central Minnesota. A "School Crisis Response" training has been scheduled for Jan. 20-21, 2011, for a team of 35 people representative of the region.

A small planning team comprised of school staff throughout the region met in June and September of this year to discuss the development of a CISM Team. These discussions were based off a feasibility study done by the SW/WC Service Cooperative relative to this service. The group discussed how difficult and critical situations may occur in the lives of students and school staff. Highly traumatic events can occur on or off school grounds and involve both students and staff. When not acknowledged or effectively addressed, these incidents can continue to erode the performance of student and staff. Response to a specific situation should be crisis intervention provided by an organized, trained team. These interventions can reduce stress, keep matters from getting worse, facilitate returning to a more normal routine, and provide access to a more intensive or higher level of care.

A CISM Team provides immediate assistance to local schools in times of crisis or traumatic events. The team works with crisis teams and the crisis plan already in place by school districts, but team members are specially trained by standards set forth by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to respond to school crisis. Dan Casey, a certified ICISF trainer from Clear Lake will conduct the two-day training in January.

At this time, there is still room on the 35-member team. Those interested have been primarily school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors. Anyone who is interested in this effort is asked to contact Shelly Maes at the SW/WC Service Cooperative at 507-537-2282 or



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