Critical incident stress debriefing

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10th - 11th June 2024, 9.00am - 2.00pm
Counsellors and trainees


To gain skills, confidence and practice in facilitating critical incident debriefings (CIDs). 


  • to clarify the nature and purpose of CIDs
  • to review and practice existing models of CID
  • to understand the role and tasks of the CID facilitator
  • to learn and practice the skills of facilitating CIDs

Day 1: Critical incidents and the process of debriefing 

09:00 - 10:30 


  • introducing the facilitator and the group; outline of the day, expectations and outcomes
  • the process of debriefing
  • the practice of ‘talking through’ and the therapeutic benefits of debriefing
  • understanding critical incidents
  • defining critical incidents, what makes an incident ‘critical’? The psychological impact of a critical incident 

10:30 - 12:00 

Trauma and post-trauma

  • unpacking these important concepts and understanding their implications and relevance to CID
  • debriefing critical incidents
  • introducing existing models of CIDs, comparing and understanding the components of a CID

12:30 Lunch break 

13:00 - 14:00 

Skills practice and experiential learning

  • practice session, trying out models of debriefing using scenarios from experience

Day 2: Facilitating critical incident debriefings – theory and practice

09:00 - 10:30 

The competent facilitator

  • the qualities and skills of the competent facilitator
  • containment
  • the role of the facilitator and the challenges of facilitating emotional conversations 

10:30 - 12:00 

Facilitating critical incident debriefings

  • prompt cards - a tool for the facilitator
  • facilitating critical incident debriefing
  • ground rules, time-frames, and keeping ‘on task’

12:30 Lunch break
13:00 - 14:00 

Skills practice and experiential learning

  • working with scenarios and prompt cards: practice session - facilitating CIDs
    ‘debriefing’ the day
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Hosted by Dr Sarah Simpson

We are psychotherapists with extensive experience as clinicians and trainers with a track record as champions for good communication skills in care professions. We have a reputation for engaging, energising and motivating staff, while modelling and stimulating self-reflective thinking and self-management.

Hosted by Dr Sarah Simpson