Who Should Debrief a Crisis Situation?

Short post this time around, but wanted to discuss an interesting question I got during my last training. The question concerned debriefing using the CPI COPING ModelSM and whether the staff member who intervened should be part of the debriefing process with the person who acted out. There are pros and cons to having that particular staff member who was involved doing the actual debriefing process.

Some of the benefits are that the staff member has intimate knowledge of what happened. If the staff member was successful with the intervention, they will probably be successful with debriefing. They will also be aware of the Precipitating Factors that triggered the behavior. They can complete the cycle of intervention. And they can be useful in providing knowledge on how to PREVENT the crisis from happening again. Etc., etc.

Some of the risks include: The staff member who intervened may not have rationally detached in time for the debriefing. They may convey a judgmental attitude during the debriefing. The care receiver may not want to have a debriefing with the staff member who intervened. The staff member may not have the authority to debrief. If the staff member who intervened was injured during the crisis, debriefing might not be high on the priority list, and that staff member may need medical attention. Etc., etc.

Please add comments below about what YOU think the pros and cons are. This will benefit your fellow human-service providers. Thank you in advance.

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