Hats off to the Graduates
On April 7, 23 Oberstown staff members from across a range of roles were conferred on campus by Carlow IT as part of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support initiative.
CISM will now become an onsite service, providing additional support to staff involved in a workplace critical incident. A team of trained peer supporters will provide a confidential, easily accessible and highly responsive ‘psychological first aid’ service for fellow staff who are experiencing emotional distress arising from a difficult event at work.
“We’re extremely proud of our staff who are among the first in the country to become peer support workers, and who will act as mentors and emotional support to their colleagues when needed," Director of Oberstown, Pat Bergin said. CISM is accredited by the Institute of Technology Carlow and last week's graduation makes Oberstown the first organisation in Ireland to send a team through the programme.
CISM means that staff at Oberstown now know that if they have any difficult issues in their line of work, they can talk to a dedicated colleague who they trust, and who has an understanding of the challenges they face.