California Peer Support Association

California Peer Support Association
The California Peer Support Association, a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion, and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.
To create a network of peer supporters in law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service professions.
To increase and strengthen the number of peer support programs throughout California.
To provide a basis for the development and maintenance of state-wide standards and procedures.
To create awareness and support for peer support programs.
Future Training Workshops (for more information visit the CPSA website californiapeersupport. org)
The 2009 conference will be held September 14 - 16 in Ventura at the: Sheraton 4 Points, 1050 Schooner Dr. 93001. Phone 805-658-1212.
Conference cost $245 members , $300 non-members
Basic Peer Support Certification Training
Space is limited
$80. 00 members/ $125. 00 non-members
This is a 16 hour, 2 day class
Topics that will be presented are:
*Introduction to Peer Support * Setting up your program * Listening Skills * Confidentiality * Critical Incident Stress Management * Role of the Mental Health Professional * Grief, Bereavement, & Loss * Depression * Marriage & Family Issues * Addictions * Suicide * Closed AA Meetings for Police & Fire
Individuals can expect to take away from this class an understanding of peer support concepts, information and sample department instructions; the need for confidentiality and effective peer support team member selection; the importance of critical incident stress management program and the essential components; time will be spent practicing active listening skills; we will address the need to work closely with a mental health professional who understands the personality traits of an emergency responder and the trauma they deal with each day; how to best respond to issues of substance abuse, grief, marriage and family conflicts, alcoholism/ addictions, and suicide.
California Peer Support Association is based in La Mesa, CA, USA
COMMONLY USED CRISIS INTERVENTION TACTICS
Peer Support is being there for co-workers day in and day out, listening to fellow employees as they deal with the day to day stressors that are thrown at all of us. Some of the more common stressors are cancer, divorce, loss of a loved one, financial worries, teenager struggles, childhood disease and unexpected tragedies.
However, the stressors that could have the most impact on an emergency responder are those call s that for one reason or another stay with us our entire lives. Because of this, peer supporters receive the most training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and how to help a coworker deal with the special types of stressors that first responders know all too well. Because each situation is different and no two people will respond exactly alike, even when they respond to the same call, CPSA has a whole tool box full of options available. The options we have help us to utilize the one that is best suited for the situation, the individual, and what is going on in that individual s life that may determine their reactions to this call.
PRE-CRISIS PREPARATION CPSA knows that a person automatically responds to a crisis situation in the manner in which they have been trained to respond. There is not time to think about how to respond. That s why you train often and use realistic scenarios. In stress management work CPSA wants to educate you and train you how to deal with stress before your critical incident. That s why CPSA provides information on eating nutritional meals, getting a full night s sleep, meditation, massage therapy, physical exercise, etc., all as a healthy means to reduce stress rather than the alternatives of alcohol, drugs, partying, and other means of suppressing emotions.
DEMOBILIZATION This technique is used directly after an incident. It allows employees to relax and recognize that this was a potentially emotionally and/ or stress-filled call. Remind your co-workers about healthy stress reduction techniques. This technique works well with a large group of people directly after a critical event.
DEFUSING Defusing works very well after a critical incident when a small group of employees are involved. It is usually done within 12 hours of the incident and allows for some discussion among the group about the incident. Defusing provides stress reduction suggestions and reminders and may provide a healthy closure of the incident for most people.
CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS DEBRIEFING - This is always done after the incident occurs, usually within one to ten days. CIS Debriefing is only done with small groups of co-workers who actually were involved with the call. This kind of debriefing is a seven step process that allows all individuals to express confidentially, their role during the call, their thoughts, reactions, and how they have been affected since the incident. Each individual is given the opportunity to give final thoughts and statements. The debriefing ends with some reminders on healthy ways to deal with stress. All involved individuals are encouraged to participate, as something they have to say may help another co-worker get a clearer picture of the events. Whether or not they actually participate is left up to them.
INDIVIDUAL CRISIS INTERVENTION This technique may be done directly after an incident or even 20 years later, at whatever time an individual needs to talk about a critical incident that impacted their lives. Talking actually releases some of the stress and/ or emotions built up from responding to that call. Individual intervention may be the best choice of intervention to help someone who is still having intrusive thoughts long after an event, or the only person with lasting effects from a more recent event.
PASTORAL CRISIS INTERVENTION - Most peer support teams work closely with a chaplain or someone who brings a spiritual element to the peer support team. Often times when people have responded to a critical incident that has some lasting effects on them, they struggle to put things back in perspective and to make things right in their world. It can often be beneficial to have an individual talk with a spiritual person to help define their world and where God may fit in that world. This is a very helpful technique for many people.
FOLLOW-UP REFERRAL - A small percentage of first responders may benefit from talking to a mental health professional to help them work through the effects of a critical incident.
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CPSA believes that it is just as important to maintain good mental health as it is to maintain good physical health. Critical Incident Stress management and the use of peer support is one tool you have to maintain good mental health. Just because a critical incident happened, it should never be assumed that all involved individuals are going to need debriefings , mental health assistance, or be at risk for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The reality is most people will have traumatic events happen in their life and have no long term, adverse effects whatsoever. However, if an individual is having an emotional reaction to an incident, it has been proven that among emergency service personnel, peer support assistance is highly effective. If you, or someone in your Department needs to talk to a peer supporter and you do not have peer support in your area, contact CPSA and we will arrange for an experienced peer supporter to contact you. If a member(s) of your Department has had a traumatic incident and you feel personnel needs some type of help, contact CPSA and we will assist you and your Department.
Peer Support Training & Critical Incident Stress ManagementPeer Support/CISM
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P.O. Box 163La MesaCA91944USA
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