Debriefing is a Critical Incident Stress Management technique designed to assist employees who are coping with psychological and emotional trauma that occurred within the workplace.

Now used around the world, debriefings provide a safe, secure environment for staff to process emotions associated with the event, and provide a supportive atmosphere to voice concerns and ask questions. In certain professions, it’s an important tool for reducing compassion fatigue and career burnout.


On-site services when staff need it most.

Reduce the impact of an upsetting event through IGI on-site debriefing services. Lead by skilled facilitators, it’s designed to mitigate emotional trauma, provide resources, and promote normalization of the work environment.

Debriefing sessions are 2 to 3 hours in length for groups up to 15.

International Grief Institute

Certified Debriefing

Learn to provide debriefing services in any setting.

Based on the principles of Critical Incident Stress Management, the cutting-edge certification offers practical knowledge and a solid foundation for understanding trauma-related stress, best practices for mitigating the effects of emotional trauma, and training to facilitate both group and one-on-one debriefing.

IGI provides on-site certification for groups and individuals. 

History of Debriefing
Debriefing is an organized, confidential group discussion for those who mutually experience a traumatic event. Originating in the military years earlier, the first psychological debriefing model was officially developed in 1974 to provide quick intervention for those responding to psychological trauma.

What is the reason for debriefing?
Debriefing allows staff to process the loss, express emotions and thoughts associated with the loss, and reflect on its impact. Staff who undergo debriefing in the workplace within a 72-hour period experience less short- and long-term psychological trauma (Mitchell, 1988; Young, 1994). 

What are debriefing goals?

  • Mitigate emotional stress
  • Reduce the impact of an upsetting event
  • Facilitate normalization of work
  • Serve as a forum for stress education
  • Identify external coping resources