Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team
Have you ever experienced the sudden death of a co-worker?
Has there ever been a tragedy involving someone at your child’s school?
Do you remember how it felt when repeated bomb threats caused evacuations at Baltimore JCC buildings?
Incidents like these can leave anyone feeling anxious and stressed. The Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team (JCCIRT) can help work through the disruption and unsettling feelings that can arise.
JCCIRT members are professionally trained and certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. to provide critical incident stress debriefings to small groups following a crisis or major occurrence, including community disasters, natural disasters, riots, robberies, vandalism or violent crime. Shortly after an incident occurs, team members are dispatched to begin the debriefing process with groups of individuals who may have been traumatized by the event. They are not first responders, but rather their purpose is to allow people to process what occurred, provide education about stress responses, and offer information and referral to additional community resources, as needed.
Made up of more than 20 professionals representing agencies across The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore System, the Team will focus on the greater Baltimore Jewish community, but may also serve others in the broader community as well.
For more information, contact Karen Nettler, Director of Community Connections for Jewish Community Services at 410-843-7409 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Land Hecht, Senior Manager, Community Engagement at 410 843-7456 (email@example.com)