Critical incident stress debriefing

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16th - 17th September 2024, 9.00am - 2.00pm
Counsellors and trainees

This training provides an in-depth understanding of trauma and the debriefing process with the opportunity for experiential work to develop skills of facilitation.


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 

Trauma and post-trauma 10:30 - 12:00 

  • 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 

Skills practice and experiential learning 13:00 - 14:00 

  • 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