"There is not a discrete level of "bad enough" that determines the need for a debriefing. Obviosuly dramatic acute incidents such as sudden death, suicide, violence in the work place, and catastrophic community events are situations when the need is obvious. But it shouldn"t stop there. We seek to create community resources or members within teams who are identified as secondary trauma responsive resources. They are available to staff to identify distressing events of many types that come up within the course of work. They are available to do more "experience near" debriefings. We have organized the debriefing process into discrete steps that can be used as appropriate for various settings. Having "experience near" resources that are familiar to workers increases the identification of secondary traumatic events and provides scaled resources."
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