Debriefing is a process used to assist people in dealing with a distressing or traumatic event. It is a form of crisis intervention and, as such, usually occurs soon after the traumatic event. It commonly involves helping participants to form a clear picture of the event, discussing the dominant thoughts and feelings that they are experiencing, and providing education about coping designed to strengthen their coping. The primary aims of a debriefing are to stabilize the person, lessen any stress signs, and aid recovery. Debriefings may also serve as a platform for identifying and referring those in need of more intensive support to people who can assist them.

The term debriefing has been used to describe a broad range of processes. As a result, there is ...

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