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Critical Incident Peer Support (CIPS)
Purpose: To train Law Enforcement personnel, Corrections Specialists and other helping professions in the area of critical incident stress due to vicarious trauma exposure received when responding, investigating or providing advocacy related to heinous crimes.
Scope: CIPS is a five day course taught by MTT. CIPS is a peer based program that prepares our First Responders for responses to catastrophic incidents.Mental Health operates in intervention whereas this course is designed to impact prevention. Most soldiers do not seek help until their situation has become overwhelming. CIPS trains the dynamics of critical incident stress, neuroscience of trauma and the brain, recognition of types, signs and symptoms of stress, implementation of a peer support program, functions of the peer supporter, psychological effects and causative impacts of critical incidents, communications skills, major crisis issues, crisis interventions and referrals to ensure the preservation of health, welfare, safety and confidentiality. CIPS is a compliment to mental health support.