CISM Team Member Roles
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Guides the debriefings

Ensures professionalism at debriefings

Maintains communications with the coordinator(s)

Identifies ongoing training topics and team needs

Conducts or directs after care as necessary
Makes referrals


Mobilizes team members for response to an incident

Is liaison with department and other agencies

Responsible for administrative matters

Identifies debriefing locations

Coordinates team selection process

Attend regional or state meetings as applicable

Maintain records of team activities



May perform the introductory phase of the debriefing byestablishing confidentiality, rules for debriefing and introduction
of facilitator.

Assist coordinator(s) as assigned

Assist and take active roll with defusings and debriefings.

Attends team debriefing

Request mental health assistance when the members training and resources are exceeded

Assist in providing follow up services

Remain informed and follow written protocols and proceduresand guidelines of local and international organizations associated with CISM

Team members should be familiar with the laws which apply to their own professional jurisdiction.

Team members must respect the right of refusal to participate in an intervention
Function only within the limits of their training.

Attend minimum of one meeting per year.

Attend in-service trainings.

Team members shall be sensitive people who keep confidential the material shared in the debriefing sessions.  They must be well
adjusted, empathetic, respected by peers, credible and non-judgmental.  Team members will be approved by the mental health professional.  Team members will be evaluated on a continuing basis by the mental health professional for their
effectiveness and their own well being.

Team members must be in good standing with the Indianapolis Fire Department. Participants should be advised by Team Member not to discuss anything which would jeopardize an investigation, cause them to be disciplined or which would cause them to admit a deliberate violation of any laws, policies or regulations.