First responder departments do not have it easy. There are so many things you have to manage, so many plates you have to juggle. And there are quite a few things that are expected of departments that , let's be honest, you were not trained to do. And guess what? It still has to get done. So you buck up and get it done.
But once in a while, something happens that shakes things up a little bit more than the usual things do. A really bad peds call, a fire that got out of control, a line of duty death.
And while the department as a whole tries its best to manage the aftermath, sometimes it just isn't enough. Sometimes you need people who have the extra training to provide the immediate support necessary to avoid any long-term effects.
That is where we come in.
Our goal with small group debriefings is to empower your responders and staff to build and utilize resiliency skills to decrease the negative impact of the incident on their well-being. Our staff helps to facilitate discussions where your staff can share and listen appropriately to support each other after the incident. While the debriefing group is not a replacement for treatment of more serious reactions, we can assist folks in better understanding when they may need more intensive treatment, and provide them with referrals.
All debriefings are voluntary and confidential.
Participants can either contribute or say nothing, either is okay.
Educating folks about common responses and ways of practicing resiliency is a priority.
Many departments are able to have strong responses in house because of the community and camaraderie you have already worked so hard to develop. But even then, the ones doing the helping need support from time to time. Whether it is managing the added stress of being on the peer support team, or how to handle a specific situation or incident, we can help!
All consultations are kept completely confidential.
We can be available for a quick call or a debriefing for the team, as well.
We have many resources we can get you all connected with, even outside of Code 3 Counseling!
● Traffic collisions with multiple fatalities or severely disfigured survivors.● A severe child abuse case.● The death of a child or baby.● Officer involved shooting. ● A particularly graphic crime scene. ● A violent call that consumes a dispatcher’s shift. ● The violent response of civilians to a situation, such as rioting after an OIS.
It is important to remember that two individuals can be involved in the same CI, and both can have different responses to the incident. Just because one partner was able to avoid an overwhelming reaction to the death of a child DOES NOT mean the other should not have a response.
"I always thought it was me against the world. And then one day I realized it's just me against me."