first_img Previous Article Next Article Counselling may be counter-productiveOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Routine debriefing of employees following traumatic incidents may not beeffective and may even be counter-productive, a study has found. The research presented at the British Psychological Society’s OccupationalPsychology conference last month by researchers from The Institute ofEmployment Studies and Birkbeck College, London, found that a review of thestudies carried out so far into debriefing showed no differences in theincidence of subsequent traumatic symptoms between those who receivedcounselling and those who did not. The authors of the study suggest however, that even if debriefing doesn’twork it may still meet some needs: the needs of the survivors to understandwhat happened and the needs of those not directly involved to mastervicariously the traumatic encounter, overcome their sense of helplessness andsurvivor guilt and make restitution. They conclude that organisations need to set down very clear and realisticaims for any intervention they propose to use and to constantly monitor orevaluate the outcomes against the stated objectives. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img