It would be important to know what you meant by ‘debriefing’.  There is no evidence to support Psychological Debriefing (PD) or Critical Incident Debriefing (CSID), for the victims of Trauma.


The Dudley Borough Crisis Support Team, which I am a member of have now been trained to use the Trauma Support Model , which is an evidence bases pathway that is support continuum for victims of trauma from the point of incident.  It is in effect a supportive way of assessing and identifying those people involved who may be at risk of going on to develop PTSD.


I’ve outlined the Model attached:


It is not a rigid model.  It should be applied reflexively, and with competence. Trauma support session 2 is a short review using an evidence based Trauma Screening Questionaire that seeks to identify the degree of Acute Stress symptoms and therefore the risk of developing PTSD. 


The rational is the evidence that most (65 -75%) of those who have experienced a traumatic event recover (some even grow from the experience), without any further treatment.  However some (25 -35%) will remain symptomatic for up to 3 years or longer an may develop secondary problems.  It is this last group that Trauma Focussed psychological treatments such as CBT can be directed to if the screening process is administered.


The training was initially provided by Suzanna Rose, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, but latterly by Gerry Jackson who is a consultant and counselor in stress management.  Gerry also trained a team within the Mental Health Acute Unit comprising Band 6 and 7 Psychiatric Nurses to provide staff support to staff who experience trauma in the work place.


Often staff involved in caring in traumatic circumstances find value in informally ‘defusing’ following incidents it has been found that such non structured responses to critical incidents lead to break time conversations being dominated by the incident for one or two days and were individually negative about performance and critical about the system.  Formal processes of ‘defusing’ and support have been found to promote the opposite.


I am happy to continue the conversation outside of the forum is required to clarify.                     


Mark Stobert

Chaplaincy Team Leader


Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust, 

Russells Hall Hospital,

Dudley West Midlands,

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From: Annabel Barber [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 19 August 2008 10:23
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Debriefing


I wondered if anyone could give me details of training courses in debriefing. I’d also be interested to know what training other chaplains have received to equip them to cope with major incidents?

Many thanks


Revd Annabel Barber
Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
Phone 01472 875475 extn (75)7239
Chaplaincy office direct line: 01472 875204
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