By Barbie Humble
If you aren’t going out into the field to do a formal critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) you can still use this approach with patients in your office. It can be used with anyone who has just had a recent exposure to a traumatic event.
Why We Use CISDs
CISDs are used after a traumatic event to prevent post traumatic stress and PTSD symptoms and increasing the mechanisms of psychological and emotion resilience. In the work place Critical Incident Stress Debriefings are used to off-set risk, mitigate fall out and enhance recovery and sustainability in the event of an acute or short term natural work place stoppage. Human Resource directors use debriefings with staff members to support their employees but also for liability reasons. CISDs are frequently used within professions where employees are exposed to acute trauma such as law enforcement, firefighters and military personnel.