The practice of offering routine post-trauma psychological debriefing (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing – CISD) has declined significantly in recent years, attributable in part to adverse findings of the NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, UK) meta analysis of 2005. The British Psychological Society (BPS) research blog is currently critiquing the methodology and findings of NICE et al and citing new evidence that CISD may be beneficial, if not imperative, after all:

“We have been told that the case against debriefing is proven and the debate is closed,” Hawker, Durkin and Hawker conclude. “We disagree … We predict that appropriate psychological debriefing will be shown to have benefits for secondary victims of trauma who have been briefed together and who have worked together through traumatic events. Research into these uses of debriefing should be encouraged and supported.”

Hawker, D., Durkin, J., and Hawker, D. (2011). To debrief or not to debrief our heroes: that is the question.   J. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 18 (6), 453-463 

Hawker et al, are a team of therapists and trauma consultants who’ve worked extensively with NGOs, aid workers and emergency responders and have called for post-trauma debriefing to be resurrected for these specific client groups.