Critical Incident (Campus Crisis) Response Services
A critical incident is "An event that overwhelms a person's usual coping mechanisms"(Mitchell, 1999).
Examples of critical incidents on a college campus include:
- Death of a student or faculty member
- Sexual assaults
- Alcohol or other drug overdoses
- Car accidents
- Hate crimes
- Acts of violence
- National or local tragedies
Responding quickly and in an appropriate manner can make the difference between healing and long-term psychological distress.
Our staff will consult with you to assess your needs and determine what services would best benefit your situation.
The Critical Incident Response Team
All members of our Critical Incident Response Team are trained at the Basic Group Crisis Intervention Level or higher in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). (Standards developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.)
The team consists of the clinical staff from the GVSU University Counseling Center, PSS staff, students, and faculty.
Types of Critical Incident Response
Note: all services are provided free of charge to the GVSU community and are designed to respect the confidentiality of those involved.
A Crisis Happened, Now What?
The GVSU Critical Incident Response Team is ready to assist you, your staff, your residence hall, you department or your fraternity, sorority, or other student organization. Whether it is one-to-one crisis counseling or small group interventions, our team will consult with you to help plan what is best for your students and staff. For more information about our services contact the GVSU University Counseling Center at (616) 331-3266 or [email protected].
If you or Someone you Know has Experienced a Traumatic or Stressful Event:
It is very common, in fact quite normal, for people to experience aftershocks when they have been exposed to a traumatic event. Even though the event itself may be over, many people experience some strong emotional or physical reactions afterwards.
How to Reduce the Impact of Crisis-Related Stress in Yourself or Others:
- Within the first 24 hours, periods of strenuous physical exercise alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions.
- Keep busy and structure your time.
- Keep your schedule as normal as possible.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Eat well-balanced and healthy meals (even if you don't feel like it).
- Spend time with people who are supportive to you and talk to them.
- Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others.
- Don't make major life changes or decisions.
- Keep a journal; write your way through those sleepless nights.
- Consider your reactions to be normal.
- Avoid alcohol, drug or caffeine use.
- Do things that feel good to you and are good for you.
- Reach out - people do care.
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