Our expert says:
Debriefing is trash. CISD< Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. was a very ehavily promoted and sold form of simplistic counselling, and people were falsely told that it must be done as soon as posible and was of great value. Several pieces of good quality research has shown not only that it is of no identifiable value whatever, but that people who receive it are often worse off than with no such immediate simplistic intervention !
It is useful for anyone who has been through a shocking event to be able to talk about it IF and WHEN they wish to, with a sympathetic friend or family member, who will listen rather than offer specific advice. ALl normal people are stressed and shocked by such suddent unexpected bad events, and are really shaken for a couple of weeks, and then most of us recover. If specific psychological symptoms arise and persist beyond the first couple of weeks, then seeing an experienced counsellor may help. So the counsellor was probably correct in saying that immeduiate counselling is not urgently necessary, and indeed might not be best and most helpful
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