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Debriefing Critical Incidents, Creating Healing Spaces (Webinar)

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Debriefing Critical Incidents, Creating Healing Spaces (Webinar)

October 13 - October 14

Thursday, October 13-Friday, October 14, 2022, 8:30am-12:00pm (PT)

Hosted by Wayne Scott, MA, LCSW. Critical Incidents are events or crises, outside the range of usual experience, that have such a significant stressful impact on a team or work unit that they overwhelm employees’ ability to cope and return to their baseline experiences. The impact can be devastating. Unaddressed, critical incidents disrupt individual functioning and devastate team morale, which leads to poor outcomes for clients.


Historical ideas about critical incident debriefing emphasized cognitively-based, protocol-driven models. New research on interpersonal neurobiology suggests that these carefully structured procedures can inadvertently create dynamics that re-traumatize and interfere with long-term integration, recovery, and healing.


This two, half-day introductory webinar introduces an innovative, research-based model of critical incident debriefing. The model promotes the creation of healing spaces grounded in trust-building, physical and emotional self-regulation, and increased awareness of physiological responses to extreme stress. These interventions help people to move from the isolation and silence of the trauma into a healing community. It is critical that agencies provide this specialized support soon after the critical incident.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a special emphasis on what it means to deliver critical incident debriefing virtually. Participants should have attended at least one continuing education event on trauma-informed practices. 6 CEUs are available.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Grasp the impact of a critical incident on the body, brain, and nervous system of all employees, as well as on team functioning and the group dynamic;
  • Describe a research-based model, grounded in interpersonal neurobiology, for engaging employees in a healing community after a critical incident;
  • Clarify the role and skills of the facilitator in leading an effective, human-centered debriefing, with special emphasis on debriefing within virtual environments; and
  • Utilize body-centered activities to help employees adapt in the aftermath.

*Cost: $175-$200. Registration and more information here.

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