DEBRIEFING – Group and structured intervention technique introduced by Mitchell
  • It usually lasts from 1 hour to 1 hour and a half
  • The stressful event is analyzed within 24-72 hours
  • It serves as a technique for preventing PTSD
  • It’s not counseling, it’s not therapy, it’s not a cure.
  • It is a technique of preventive intervention, primary, and with observable effects over time.
  • It should be conducted by an accredited person, preferably a psychologist specializing in emergencies and familiar with the work of the group in question


It offers relief because people can externalise what they have lived and felt and, thus their feelings are understood and validated and normalized by others. Everything that generates anguish is verbalized and this makes it possible to observe one’s own reactions without generating later misinterpretations of the incident.