Civil Air Patrol

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Welcome to Montana Wing Critical Incident Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Officer

Maj Laura Furniss

laura.furniss@mtwg.cap.gov

The CAP Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Resiliency Program is designed to provide three primary functions:

  1. Provide all CAP members in crisis, a mechanism for them to receive crisis interventions from a team of current and competent CISM and Resiliency Team peer supporters;
  2. Provide the opportunity for suicide awareness training for all CAP members; and
  3. Provide resiliency education and coping skills that CISM members can use to proactively educate all CAP members to create healthy and high-functioning members.

This program is one of importance and significance for Montana, especially suicide awareness training as Montana currently ranks #1 in the nation in terms of suicide.  CISM team members can also support members, both inside and outside of CAP, during times of personal tragedy, loss, and grief, as well as teach members valuable resiliency-building skills and tools.

Please contact Maj Laura Furniss, Montana Wing Critical Incident Stress Officer (CISO), with any needs, questions, or concerns.

MTWG CISM Team

Maj Laura Furniss, RMR and MTWG CISO

Lt Col Karen Semple

Maj Dave Furniss

Capt Kim Carlson

SM Heidi Brainerd

Becoming a CISM Peer Team Member

Interested CISM team members are trained in the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s (ICISF) Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention, as well as in Psychological First Aid (PFA).

Members can find additional CISM information and resources at https://www.capmembers.com/emergency_services/critical_incident_stress_management__cism/

Any members interested in becoming CISM team member peer counselors should contact Maj. Laura Furniss at laura.furniss@mtwg.cap.gov or at 406-579-8624.

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