On Demand Workshops

Critical Incident Group Debriefing

$129.00
4

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Critical incidents are situations that occur outside of our normal frame of reference and challenge us to understand and cope with what has happened. Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of people experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident. This group debriefing process provides a place for participants to talk and share experiences, and for the facilitator to teach and provide information about the impact of critical incidents. While participants of this workshop will learn how to facilitate a group debriefing, they will also learn how to discern when CIGD is appropriate for a group and when it might not be a suitable intervention.

Trainer: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how people respond differently to the same event
  • Describe a framework for facilitating a group debriefing
  • Know the benefits and potential problems with group debriefing
  • Identify when critical incident group debriefing is appropriate
  • Apply principles learned to their own environment

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Definitions and Overview
  • Role of Group Debriefing
  • Possible Reactions to a Critical Incident
  • Response Variables
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Group Debriefing History
  • Group Debriefing Models
  • Benefits and Problems with Group Debriefing
  • Preparing for a Group Debriefing
  • CIGD Phases
  • Considerations About the Process
  • Tips for Facilitators
  • Co-Facilitating

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, managers, human resource professionals, and anyone seeking a better understanding of how to facilitate a group debriefing after a tragic event.

Trainer: John Koop Harder

MSW, RSW

John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences. Read blogs written by John here.

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