Sunday, 17 June 2018

 All urgent requests for Tidewater CISM services please call:



Please do not contact team members directly as our dispatch center monitors team requests for reporting purposes.

Not in Tidewater?  Here's a list of other CISM teams in Virginia on the Virginia EMS website.

Be prepared for when the pieces just don't fit after a "bad" call ....

For general Tidewater CISM Team information, questions or requests for stress management education please call:

(757) 963-0632 (weekdays) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team services are confidential and free to the emergency services community. The team provides stress defusings, debriefings, one-on-one sessions, demobilizations, family support, community briefings and educational programs based on the models and methods developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Any fire, EMS, law enforcement, dispatcher, ED staff member or any other public safety responder in the Tidewater EMS region can call for the CISM team. An on-call team member will respond back to the caller, discuss the situation and determine if and which type of CISM service is needed.

Videos: CISM Team members talking about what the "Team" can do for you

Are you experiencing stress reactions?

Find out more from the Virginia Office of EMS Website CISM page.

Would you like to help others in their time of crisis? Are you interested in joining the regional CISM Team or obtaining CISM training?


The first step is: Complete 2-day basic Group Crisis Intervention CISM training (or 3-day combined Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention).

* Visit the Virginia CISM Website for course listings in Virginia.

* Find other free training provided by K-Love. Look for GRP or GRIN classes to meet the basic CISM requirement.

* Obtain training at locations throughout the country from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

* Call our office (757) 963-0632 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will place you on a list to contact when future training becomes available in the Tidewater area.


The second step is: Complete a CISM team application.

Download, complete and submit the pdf CISM Application rev 12-5-17 (130 KB)


The third step isSuccessfully complete a CISM team interview.

That's about it. The Tidewater CISM team is entirely volunteer, with members from the mental health field and from the emergency services (law enforcement, EMS, fire and public safety communications) field. Team members must be willing to assist with defusings, debriefings and one-on-one sessions. Members should also be willing to provide general stress and CISM education to the emergency services community.


Link to Team Member Page

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