The FINANCIAL — Last week, the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Georgia hosted a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Course at the Mission’s headquarters in the country’s capital of Tbilisi.
The course, which was being hosted by Georgia for the third time, gathered 18 participants from the EU’s seven Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Missions from Georgia and Ukraine, as well as other countries.
According to the EUMM, personnel from CSDP Missions are always at risk of exposure to a number of high stress situations, including of being involved in or witnessing a critical incident, with the attendant risk of long-term effects.
The EUMM places high priority on supporting the development and maintenance of stress management capability in the future, both for EUMM staff and for other CSDP Missions.
CSDP Missions, including the EUMM, that already have staff trained in CISM, have established ‘peer support volunteer teams’ – an important outcome of this training, according to the EU Neighbours portal.
The EUMM was started in September 2008 following the EU-brokered Six-Point Agreement, which ended the August war between Russia and Georgia. It contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties. The mission provides civilian monitoring of parties’ actions, including full compliance with the Six-Point Agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia. It also informs European policy in support of a durable political solution for Georgia.