Letter from SE™ CSS Project Manager, Kianna Pierson

by | Jul 7, 2023 | POINT OF VIEW

Dear Global SE Community,


This May, SEI held two Crisis Stabilization and Safety: Peer Support Trainings in Westminster, Co, and Saskatoon, SK, Canada. 

SEI was invited by a regional health authority in Saskatoon to deliver CSS. This particular training brought together mental health professionals and community responders from a number of First Nation Communities across Saskatchewan. Building on the success of the 2022 CSS pilots with the Pueblo of Pojoaque in New Mexico, CSS facilitators Del Laverdure, SEP, JD and Julie Clarke, SEP, RT delivered CSS with a focus on including Indigenous history, storytelling and community collaboration. (Click here to read the original report on the 2022 CSS Pilots) 

In Westminster, CO, CSS Facilitators Beth Cole, SEP and Courtney VanMarter presented to a group of mental health professionals, peer supporters, and first responders who traveled from across the US and from as far away as Australia to attend the training. Participants learned the basics of the nervous systems response to trauma and spent time practicing new CSS tools for stabilization, resilience and somatic debriefing.  

By providing tools and skills to stabilize the nervous system, CSS improves outcomes for the responder, their team, the survivors, and the community they serve. Rooted in the science of neurobiology and decades of crisis response application, it’s a critical framework for communities navigating natural disasters, mass casualty events, the recent pandemic, or other catastrophes. Both trainings focused on equipping participants with actionable strategies to use somatically informed crisis intervention skills in the field, as well as skills to support themselves and their peers when responding to crisis situations.  


We have two more CSS: Peer Support trainings happening this year 

Chicago, IL August 3-6, 2023 

Silver Spring, MD August 5-8, 2023 


We hope to see you at a training soon! 

Warm Regards,

Kianna Pierson

Project Manager