Critical Incident Debriefing
Understanding and Dealing with Trauma. A handbook for practitioners, trainees and all those working in the field of trauma and stress.
In a world where violence, accidents and disasters are on the increase, more and more people are becoming involved in traumatic incidents which may leave them stressed and unable to cope. In severe cases they may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and require treatment. The technique of Critical Incident Debriefing has been devised to help the victims of trauma, enabling them to work through the experience and come to terms with it.
This practical book described how our understanding of stress, post-traumatic stress and PTSD have deepened and looks at the treatment techniques developed to help. It provides a detailed discussion of defusing techniques developed in the USA and Norway and the models of Critical Incident Debriefing. A major section covers the revised three-stage model step by step, with illustrations of its practical use.
All professionals whose work involves helping those who have had traumatic experiences will find the book invaluable, and it will be especially useful to those in the emergency services, as well as aid agencies, Victim Support and counselling organisations.
Frank Parkinson was a clergyman and army chaplain for over 30 years. He trained as a Relate counsellor and specialised in post-traumatic stress. He runs courses in counselling skills, defusing and Critical Incident Debriefing, and works regularly with members of the emergency services.