What is Critical Incident Debriefing (CID)?

Critical Incident Debriefing (CID) is a type of psychological processing intervention which is used in the aftermath of a significant traumatic event. It is common for those that are exposed to the traumatic event to experience an acute stress reaction. This can leave them with high levels of anxiety, sleep disturbances and intrusive thoughts or memories.

CID can help to reduce distress and prevent long-term symptoms of trauma from developing.

What does it involve?

Debriefing is a structured tool which give people the opportunity to talk through what has happened and normalise any feelings and thoughts that individuals may be having as a result of the traumatic event . A single session is delivered in a group setting and normally lasts between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group.

It is also used to screen individuals for more significant mental health problems and signpost them to relevant follow up services if necessary.

It is not a form of psychotherapy and the session is best provided 24-72 hours after the incident has occured.

How can I access this service?

Please call us on 07392117593 and provide us with details of the event and how many staff are involved. We can travel across the UK and be on site within 7 hours.


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