Critical Incident Group Debriefing (1 day)

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 participants 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 or when it might not be a suitable intervention.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • 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

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, demonstration of CIGD process, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussion

Target Audience

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