Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team

The UW-Whitewater and Community Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team is prepared to assist your organization, company, school, or community group in response to traumatic incidents.  In the past we have done debriefings with Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, hospitals, schools and others.  

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a structured process conducted for the people who have experienced a traumatic event. Research has shown that the benefits of such a debriefing include:

  • a quicker return to normal functioning
  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • greater productivity
  • fewer days lost to illness
  • increased morale in groups
  • prevention of accidents

The goals of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing are:

  • to return individuals to their pre-crisis level of functioning
  • to help participants identify and manage their normal reactions to the incident
  • to stabilize the situation and reduce any continued negative impact of the incident

The UW Whitewater and Community Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team is the combined effort of University and members of the larger Whitewater community. The team offers its services to all groups, covering Rock, Walworth and Jefferson counties, at no charge.

What is the CISD process?

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a process which helps people return to their precrisis level functioning as soon as possible. The process typically takes place between 48 and 72 hours after the tragic incident and involves anyone affected by the incident.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a two or three hour group process, which is facilitated by trained members of the team. Participants are people who witness are affected by the critical incident, and group size is typically between five and 20 people. If more interested, separate debriefing sessions could be offered.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is not psychotherapy, long-term therapy, or immediate crisis intervention. However, members of the CISD team can provide referrals to the sources.

What Kinds of Events or Incidents Require Debriefing?

Debriefing can be helpful after any sudden or unusual event which causes stress and which can overwhelm the usually effective coping skills of people. In our communities such incidents might include accidents, natural disasters, fires, industrial accidents, crimes of violence, personal injury or major illness or death of a peer colleague.

Who Utilizes Critical Incident Stress Debriefing?

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing can be beneficial for anyone who has been affected by the tragic incident. This can include people who have been part of incident as well for witnesses to the incident or friends and family members of those involved is particularly helpful for groups of people who commonly interact together such classes, clubs, teams or groups of the publisher, workplace, school, or activity.

Who Makes Up the UW Whitewater and Community CISD Team?

The UW Whitewater and Community CISD Team is composed of mental health professionals, emergency services personnel, clergy, UW Whitewater students and staff, and people from local education and industry. All team members have been trained to conduct a briefing sessions on campus and within the community.

Although wide variety of people can serve on the team, a typical debriefing would involve a team of 4 to 6 people and would include a mental health professional and other team members who can relate to the participants.

For Further Information

For further information or to arrange a debriefing, contact:

Matt Mallin by e-mail at or by phone at (262) 472-1305

Jason Burt by e-mail at or by phone 262-472-6967

Kim Simes by e-mail or by phone 608-576-8527

Todd Lindert by e-mail or by phone 920-210-0000

Outside of normal business hours, contact the Whitewater Police Dispatch Center at (262) 473-0555. Members of the team are also available to provide informational presentations to community groups, clubs and businesses.