Dr Shiri Spector


07903 954 959

Psychotherapy for Healthcare

Dr Shiri Spector

Jon Edge

Dr Sarah Simpson

Dr Sarah Simpson

Counselling psychologist

07813 672 788


for Healthcare



Critical Incident Debriefing


A one-day course for counsellors, nurses, managers and practitioners who want to gain skills and confidence as facilitators of critical incident debriefings


The harmful effects of critical incidents are well known and can include anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and fatigue. In the workplace this can lead to reduced efficiency, motivation and morale as well as unsafe practice.


Critical Incident Debriefings are intensive and effective interventions, and skilled debrief facilitators are a valuable asset to any organisation.


This course will enable you to offer debriefing sessions to individuals or groups, in your organisation or as a private service.

If you want to gain the knowledge and skills to become a confident and effective debrief facilitator - this course is for you.



To gain skills and confidence in facilitating critical incident debriefings.



To clarify the nature and purpose of critical incident debriefings

To outline the practical aspects of facilitating critical incident debriefings

To learn and practise the skills of facilitating a critical incident debriefings




9:30 - 10:00        Introduction

Introducing the facilitators and the group and outlining the plan for the day, expectations, aims and objectives.


10:00 - 11:00        Understanding Critical Incidents

Defining Critical Incidents, what makes an incident ‘critical’?

The possible impact of a critical incident on an individual and a group.


11:00 - 11:15        Coffee break


11:15 - 12:15        The Process of Debriefing

The theory and practice of debriefing, including techniques and sequences, and psychological benefits.


12:15 - 12:45        Overview and discussion


12:45 - 13:30        Lunch break


13:30 - 14:15        Facilitating a critical incident debriefing - theory

The role of the facilitator, the qualities and skills of the competent facilitator  


14:15 - 15:00        Facilitating a critical incident debriefing - practice

Role play and experiential learning


15:00 - 15:15        Coffee break


15:30 - 16:30        The Developing Facilitator

Pitfalls and obstacles - what can go wrong

Individual vs group debriefing

Debriefing ‘on the hoof’ - the day-to-day practice of listening to others


16:30 - 17:00        Debriefing the Day


Venue: London and York