The team may observe, watch for acute reactions, provide support, and be available to help resting personnel deal with stress reactions.
These are short, informational sessions with units as they enter or leave the scene of an incident or disaster response of long duration.
The occurrence of a defusing within a few hours of a critical incident is primarily informational and educational.
This group meeting usually occurs 24-72 hours after an incident. It is a confidential, non-evaluative discussion of involvement, thoughts and reactions resulting from the incident.
It's best to request on scene support and/or defusing as soon as possible.
Debriefings may be requested after the incident or when the need arises. Family support may also be arranged.
Educational sessions will be arranged to fit the needs and times of the requesting agency.
Referral to an available mental health professional trained in CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS is always available. Family or specific counseling needs can be assessed.
Family members and significant others who might be impacted by an event can benefit from this debriefing.
Training sessions and precautionary education for emergency service workers, officers, spouses and family members are available.
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.