Psychological Debriefing: Theory, Practice and Evidence / Edition 1

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Debriefing has emerged as one of the most controversial interventions in clinical psychology and psychiatry. This book constitutes an unprecedented presentation and analysis of evidence for the efficacy of psychological debriefing, in theory and application. It also appraises current research findings on the proper use of such interventions. The reader, with authoritative editorial guidance, is taken through the controversies surrounding debriefing of various kinds, in various settings, and at various levels of organizational supervision and control. Contributors include many leading international authorities in post-traumatic studies, drawing on first-hand experiences as investigators and witnesses of traumatic events and effects. From major disasters affecting large numbers or even whole communities, to individual experiences of road traffic accidents, assault, or childbirth, the range of topics and points of view presented will make this an essential reference and guide for all practitioners—whatever their point of view.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book presents a highly structured discussion on psychological debriefing and integrates the theory, practice, and current research from leading post-trauma experts.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation of knowledge as well as a forum for the controversial topic of psychological debriefing. The book focuses on an analysis of evidence for the efficacy of debriefing in clinical settings, its theory and application, with an emphasis on both the current research findings and appropriate use of such interventions. The editor's objectives are commendable, based upon expert contributors in the field, and certainly achieved by the number of collaborative efforts with this book.
Audience: Although targeted specifically toward post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD) specialists, advanced mental health professionals would find this book worthwhile and informative. The contributing authors are credible, insightful, and their writing style, while practical and concise, is exceedingly thorough.
Features: The book contains four sections to discuss debriefing from the base theoretical concepts, incorporates the models, research, and practice, and the future of debriefing. The models are specific, not just to victims of war, but to various treatment groups such as victims of motor vehicle accidents and natural disasters, and children and adolescents. Highlights include group interventions, application of debriefing to hospital settings, and future directions. Tables and figures help to illustrate the chapters, and the index is an asset for quick reference to specific topics.
Assessment: This is an exceptionally complete body of work encompassing some of the most noteworthy experts in the field who have contributed their expertise to discussions of the many controversies surrounding psychological debriefing. The reader is given a resource and a guide for clinical practice. Having worked with a number of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder myself, I value a resource that can collectively present information to be both absorbed and implemented.
Landy F. Sparr
In Psychological Debriefing: Theory, Practice and Evidence editors Beverley Raphael and John P. Wilson have pulled together a comprehensive analysis of the evidence both for and against psychological debriefing and provide authoritative guidance on its uses and limits. This volume gives the reader an in-depth appreciation of the complex issues surrounding crisis intervention. Any health care professional, emergency service worker, and military or law enforcement professional would find this volume informative. Both the wide range of topics and informative points of view make this compendium compelling reading for any professional who must engage those who experience the after-effects of trauma.
— Journal of the American Medical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521647007
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview: key issues in the conceptualisation of debriefing; Part I. Key Conceptual Framework of Debriefing: 1. Historical concepts and present patterns: stress management and debriefing; 2. Debriefing: its role in the spectrum of prevention and acute management of psychological trauma; 3. Briefing and debriefing: psychological interventions in acute stressor situations; 4. Traumatic stress and the concept of debriefing: theoretical frameworks and potential effects and other settings; Part II. Debriefing: Models, Research and Practice: 5. Critical incident stress debriefing: evolutions, effects and outcomes; 6. Debriefing with emergency services: critical incident stress management; 7. Debriefing and body recovery: war grave soldiers; 8. Debriefing and body recovery: police in a civilian disaster; 9. Debriefing after massive road trauma: perceptions and outcomes; 10. Debriefing and motor vehicle accidents: interventions and outcomes; 11. Debriefing with service personnel in war and peace roles: experience and outcomes; 12. Debriefing post disaster: follow-up after a major earthquake; 13. Debriefing after disaster; 14. Children and debriefing: theory, interventions and outcomes; 15. Debriefing adolescents after critical life events; Part III. Adaptations of Debriefing Models: 16. Delayed debriefing: after a disaster; 17. Debriefing in different cultural frameworks: experience with indigenous populations; 18. The concept of debriefing and its application to staff dealing with life threatening illnesses such as cancer, AIDS and other conditions; 19. Traumatic childbirth and the role of debriefing; 20. Debriefing staff after assaults by patients; 21. Multiple stressor debriefing as a model for intervention; Part IV. Debriefing Overview and Future Directions: 22. Concerns about debriefing: challenging the mainstream; 23. Is consensus possible about debriefing?; 24. Can debriefing work? critical appraisal of theories of interventions and outcomes with directions for future research; 25. A conceptual framework for mass trauma: implications for adaptation and intervention; Conclusion: debriefing: science, belief and wisdom; Index.

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