By CJ Caufield, CTR, CCISM, BCETS
It is a provocative idea to separate, by discipline, responders to specific events. Sometimes, it seems like a better idea than others.
In Mississippi, the CISM world developed unusually relative to the rest of most statewide programs with which I am familiar. In 2004, we started a program to develop regionally some CISM responders for needs in the area of first responders specifically. We targeted peers, mental health professionals, and chaplains explicitly for the coursework and training. As a result of funding that was made available by a grant through the Mississippi Department of Health, we were able to provide training to over 600 individuals throughout the state. We piloted the GRIN course due to some time constraints for potential participants here. It was an exciting time for us.