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Critical Incident Debriefing

Critical Incident Debriefing is a phasic intervention implemented immediately following a major incident such as war zone trauma, civilian disaster, terrorist incident or natural disaster. The aim of immediate implementation of CID after such an event is to specifically prevent, limit or alleviate the onset of
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following exposure to such an incident.

However, CID is not limited to HM Forces or the Emergency Services just as PTSD is not suffered exclusively by them.

Anyone can be a victim of violent crime and without specialist help could experience PTSD at a later date.

Staff in all night filling stations, off licences sub post offices and late night stores are particularly vulnerable. Employees are frequently being threatened and attacked with guns knives and machetes.
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The staff, or, victim really believes that his or her life is in danger at the time of the attack.

That is sufficient to warrant help by a qualified De-Briefer otherwise the long-term consequences could be quite severe.

Psychological Debriefing or Critical Incident Debriefing (the terms are used interchangeably) is ideally carried out two to three days after an incident, but within one month. Anecdotal evidence suggests however that a debrief such as this can be beneficial even many years after an event.

The intention is to allow people the opportunity to talk, express their feelings, discuss any concerns arising from the incident and most essentially to prevent them from ‘bottling up’ their feelings and emotions.

It is when this ‘bottling up’ of feelings happens that psychological distress becomes a concern. The debriefing process could be described as: "a group meeting to review the impressions and reactions that survivors, bereaved or helpers experience during or following critical incidents, accidents or disasters”. The meeting aims at reducing unnecessary psychological after-effects. Debriefing can also be successfully used on individuals.

The debriefer needs to be properly trained and experienced. In general, cost prevents most organisations from maintaining their own teams so these are generally sourced through outside agencies.

For advice on Traumatic Incidents / Critical Incident Debriefing
Telephone Dave Goodfellow on 01423 322325.

For more information on PTSD Click Here
or on CID Click Here also, Trauma 999

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