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ESHI hosts CISM Network workshop at Grangegorman

Posted: 10 August, 2015

ESHI – the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute at DIT – will host a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network workshop on the DIT campus at Grangegorman this week.

The workshop is entitled “Self Care for Peer Support  Providers and their Teams” and the keynote speaker will be Professor Jeffrey Mitchell.  Professor Mitchell is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, and is co-founder of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

CISM Ireland provides a forum for the promotion and exchange of best practice information on critical incident stress management and information on standards, availability and provision of training for CISM.  The Network, which is based in NUI Maynooth, is run by an inter-agency National Steering Committee (NSC) comprising a wide range of representatives from the north and south of Ireland, including statutory, voluntary, emergency, military, and other agencies. This Network is the first of its kind in Ireland and is the leading group to advise, work with, and support the emergency services (and others) in implementing CISM in Ireland.

Dr. Noreen Layden, Head of ESHI, said DIT is delighted to be able to host the workshop and to welcome over 100 CISM delegates to the new Grangegorman campus.  She will take the opportunity to show delegates around the campus.  “We can’t show them around the first new building on the campus yet as the Greenway Hub is still under construction but will be completed by the end of the year and it can be seen clearly from the campus grounds.  It will become a fantastic new location for ESHI and its community of more than 90 researchers who are working with professionals in a range of areas to generate responses to public health issues”. 

Dr. Layden explains that ESHI is a  national translational research platform, uniquely based on collaboration between Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Dublin City Council (DCC), building national and regional capacity and capability.  “It is an all-island initiative, involving strategic partnerships with the University of Ulster (UU), Dublin City University (DCU), the Institute of Public Health (IPH) and other stakeholders. It is uniquely positioned to facilitate an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach, Building upon existing education and research expertise, in addition to collaborations and strategic partnerships with multi-sector stakeholders, researchers at ESHI develop evidence-based interventions addressing environmental health problems.”

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