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Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

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What is a Critical Incident?

A "critical incident" is any event that causes an unusually intense stress reaction.  The distress people experience after a critical incident limits their ability to cope, impairs their ability to adjust, and negatively impacts the work environment.  Examples of traumatic events that produce such reactions include:

  • A coworker’s or student’s death or serious illness
  • Suicide
  • Events with excessive media interest
  • Events that are prolonged and end with a negative outcome
  • Significantly powerful, overwhelming distressing event
  • Violent or threatening incident in the work setting
  • Natural disaster


CISD is designed to help people deal with their trauma one incident at a time, by allowing them to talk about the incident when it happens without judgment or criticism. The program is peer-driven and the people giving the treatment may come from all walks of life, but most are first responders or work in the mental health field. All interventions are strictly confidential, the only caveat to this is if the person doing the intervention determines that the person being helped is a danger to themself or to others. The emphasis is always on keeping people safe and returning them quickly to more normal levels of functioning. -wikipedia

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing:

Is a process that prevents or limits the development of post-traumatic stress in people exposed to critical incidents.  Professionally conducted debriefings help people cope with, and recover from an incident's aftereffects.  CISD enables participants to understand that they are not alone in their reactions to a distressing event, and provides them with an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a controlled, safe environment.  Optimally, CISD occurs within 24 to 72 hours of an incident.

Critical Incident Debriefing Services:

A company or organization may arrange directly for CISD services.