The care and feeding of critical incident stress management.Int J Emerg Ment Health. 2004 Winter; 6(1):1-3.IJ
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is under attack by some major academic and training institutions. Despite its acceptance internationally, CISM is viewed by some as "dangerous and damaging." The author's recent experience in a number of mental health training workshops on primary care of September 11-related dysfunction is reviewed, along with arguments in support of the CISM model of crisis intervention. A proposal for greater efforts at empirical foundations is offered.