Debriefing Facilitator Training

A stress, trauma, and vicarious trauma mitigation tool.

Debriefing Facilitator training offers practical knowledge of stress, trauma, and vicarious trauma, and teaches students how to facilitate debriefings in the workplace.

Debriefing is a critical incident stress management technique designed to assist staff who are coping with an upsetting or traumatic event that occurred onsite. An organized, confidential discussion, debriefing is a group format that provides a secure environment for employees to process emotions, ask questions, express fears and concerns, and gain evidence-based coping resources.

Based on the principles of Critical Incident Stress Management, this training offers a solid foundation for understanding stress, trauma, and vicarious trauma and teaches participants how to facilitate debriefings both in-house and externally.


  • Facilitate debriefing sessions
  • Identify how trauma affects critical thinking, cognition, problem-solving, etc
  • Understand the complementary roles of stress management, resilience, and career longevity
  • Learn evidence-based techniques that mitigate negative work-related effects

Reasons for Debriefing
Debriefing allows staff to process an upsetting case or event, and express emotions and thoughts associated with it. Staff who undergo debriefing in the workplace within a 72-hour period experience less short- and long-term psychological trauma (Mitchell, 1988; Young, 1994). 

History of Debriefing
Debriefing is an organized, confidential group discussion for those who mutually experience an upsetting or 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 stress. Now used around the world, debriefing helps to mitigate emotional stress and reduce the impact of an upsetting case, and serves as a forum for stress education for better work-life balance.

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  • 3-hour session
  • Unlimited participants
  • Unlimited sessions (helpful if group is large)
  • Includes training handouts
  • Includes full access to IGI’s iCare Library containing over 350 resources for professionals and the families they serve
  • Session recordings allowed for onboarding
  • Includes additional 2-hour presentation on compassion fatigue/stress fatigue
  • 3-hour live training via Zoom
  • Includes training handouts and support resources

For more information, contact Lynda Cheldelin Fell at 360-510-8590


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