This training programme runs over five days and is followed, about six months later, by a further two days training. In addition Peer Supporters are expected to attend one day annual refresher training sessions. The Peer Supporter/Stress Awareness Trainer curriculum includes modules on Critical Incident Stress Management in the Irish Ambulance Service

• Stress in general, work stress.

• Practical techniques for stress management

• Critical incident stress

• Stress in ambulance and emergency services

• Introduction to the Stress Awareness Trainer’s Pack

• Presentation Skills

• The role of the Peer Supporter in the CISM System.

• Basic helping and support skills

• Trauma, Loss and Bereavement

• Post-incident interventions

• Continuing Care – fostering social support

• Monitoring Recovery

• Ethical Issues

• Secondary Traumatisation, Burnout & Support for Peer Supporter

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