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Critical Incident Stress Intervention and Support Protocol

Social support systemsSocial Support Systems is arguably the UK’s most experienced organisation in the field of post-incident psychological support.

Our experience of providing effective psychological recovery operations across a broad spectrum of high-profile and international operational incidents means that when disaster strikes, we can be relied upon to provide the best service possible for our partners

Because our team consists only of serving and former emergency service and military personnel, our operational and cultural knowledge assures our partners that the robust and effective solutions we provide are centric to their core service delivery and business continuity needs.

Unlike purely academic consultancies, we actually know and understand what it feels like to be involved in a critical incident from an operational perspective.

Our unique and entirely person-centred solutions, represent the cutting edge in the resolution of posttraumatic stress in first responders.

An evolutionary step in Critical incident support

The Critical Incident Stress Intervention and Support (CrISIS) Protocol, is a multifaceted, non-linear, and responsive approach to supporting organisations and their people following a critical incident.

Tried and tested during the psychological recovery operations SSS conducted following the London attacks of 2017, and the Grenfell Tower disaster, CrISIS represents an evolutionary development in resolving posttraumatic stress.

Unlike older, less effective ‘trauma risk management’ systems, CrISIS is not merely a system of referral, but rather, provides comprehensive, evidence-based and highly effective system of 1:1 and group interventions for those affected by a traumatic reaction – thus negating the need to refer onwards into medical pathways and facilitating a quicker and sustainable return to normal function.

What is a critical incident?

Basically, a critical incident is an incident that has the potential to overwhelm the natural coping mechanisms of those involved.

There is no hard and fast definition, as traumatic reactions are highly subjective to the individual, but we can consider some operational incident types more likely to be linked with the development of a traumatic reaction and the future onset of PTSD:

  • Multiply fatality
  • Death of a colleague
  • Death of a child
  • Personal trauma
  • Violent crime
  • Life changing or limiting physical injury
  • Experiencing a series of critical  incidents over a short period of time creating an accumulative effect
  • Incidents where there may be a personal meaning
  • Incidents which are disturbing or shocking e.g. murder scenes or suicide
  • Incidents involving operational difficulties eg. Flashover, near misses,contamination, firearms discharge
  • Incidents which have media attention or a public response
  • Difficult calls e.g. fire survival call
  • Failed resuscitation attempts
  • Terror attack

It is also possible to define an incident as ‘critical’ if one or more responders are found to have suffered a peritraumatic reaction, using the RAIDS peritraumatic risk assessment process.

Linking evidence-based solutions with real word experience

Social Suport Systems CIC Director, Dr John Durkin, was responsible for acquiring ‘evidence-based’ status with SAMHSA for Everly and Mitchell’s system of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and along with fellow director’s Paul Meakin & Sean McCallum has been at the forefront of the development of the CrISIS Protocol. Partially evolved from the CISM system, Durkin, Meakin & McCallum have applied Gerbodian principles of applied metapsychology to the original CISM system, and an entirely pure person-centred system of facilitation.

This non-linear and responsive approach has proved highly effective in real word application following some of Europes highest profile critical incidents, and Social Support Systems has supported many first responders throughout periods of crisis, providing truly longitudinal recovery from trauma.

Need a fast response to help your people and your organisation?

SSS can provide a CrISIS response within 24 hours if required and has international reach.

The CrISIS Protocol can be initiated immediately and our team will liaise directly with your management team to provide guidance throughout the critical incident and its aftermath.

For more details on the CrISIS Protocol and how it can help mitigate psychological trauma, please contact us here

 

 

 

 

Client Feedback – A.C. (Photographer) London #ptsd #trauma

Another change…….I have phobia re hair salons and having hair done (has been truly awful in past).

Today I walked into an actual salon & a lady did my hair with such amazing focus, care & attention and……it’s perfect!

I felt so different while having it done. Before I’d be literally on verge of panic attack whole time in salon (no exaggeration) but this time I was completely different.

I didn’t have sense of panic, I could breathe plus even trusted!!!! I can’t tell you how this makes a difference to me. It’s so random I know, but as a woman in constant fear of hairdressers it’s been so defeating and feeling so unattractive and low self-esteem with horrible old hair.

So thank you again.

Client Feedback -Leanne (Security specialist) Nottinghamshire #PTSD

‘I had been struggling with a traumatic event that affected my life on a daily basis. One session with my facilitator has made an unbelievable difference; I no longer have flashbacks, I can talk openly about what happened, I feel calmer and have less anxiety.

I was nervous before the session but the process was explained to me fully before we began and i was made to feel completely at ease. We went at my pace and i felt in control the whole time. I can’t recommend Social Support Systems enough.’

Client Feedback – A.C. London

‘Something very deep has changed.

It’s almost imperceptible to my conscious mind.

It took a few days to filter through but it’s a sort of vague ‘good’ feeling somewhere inside. Comes and goes. A miracle considering how I was triggered into trauma almost constantly before.

I’m grateful we’re meeting again. I think this may turn things around for me.’

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We are different, here’s why… #trauma #depression #anxiety #stress

Social Support Systems provides help for people across a broad range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma (PTSD).

We are proud to have effectively supported people from many different walks of life, and at the heart of our service are a number of core values which guide our work and enable our clients to receive the best care possible, regardless of their characteristics, background or social status.

For many, normative counselling, therapy or psychiatry doesn’t work.

Crucially, lots of our clients have already been through the NHS pathways , and have engaged in programmes of therapy only to find themselves still in crisis.

We believe that our clients are all unique, as are their experiences.

We also know that you are the expert in your own experience, not us. Therefore, we work to help you explore your mental environment and issues yourself, and it is this entirely ‘person-centred’ approach that enables our clients to truly resolve their distress.

Our person-centred commitments to you are:

  • Not to evaluate, judge, criticise, disparage or invalidate you, or your values, feelings, reactions, assumptions, conclusions or thoughts
  • To take responsibility for your recovery without dominating you
  • Not to interpret for you, nor advise you
  • Not to label, nor attempt to diagnose you with any illness or condition
  • To be interested in you and your needs at all times
  • To always try understand you, and always support you
  • To Maintain a firm and primary intention to help you
We can help you embrace life once more

Other reasons why our service is different:

We do not believe in limiting session times, as this can prevent resolution and encourage dependency on regular interventions as a ‘coping’ strategy.

If you book an appointment at our support centre, it will only end when you are in a better place and happy to end the session yourself.

We will not give you ‘homework’ and we especially do not teach coping mechanisms – if you’re issues are resolved, there should be nothing to ‘cope’ with – surely?

Located in Ransom Wood, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, our support centre is a peaceful and discreet option for those who feel that privacy is of importance to them.

Please contact us to arrange a consultation here

Alternatively, please call us on (+44) 01623 700320

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Dealing with #grief and #loss after a death

Everybody experiences grief, or loss, in their own way. It is an entirely subjective experience, and dependent on many factors.

It represents a broad range of reactions and seems to be an essential part of the continuity of our lives.

There are a number of theories which attempt to describe the process of coming to terms with someone’s death, such as the familiar ‘Kubler-Ross’ model which describes a response involving Progressive stages in coming to terms with someone dying:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Whilst some recover relatively quickly, others take a while – and for some, it seems that the emotional pain and distress caused by the death of a loved one or close family member will never go away.

Regardless of theoretical models, what is for sure, is that grief is an unpleasant experience and may affect you over a lengthy period of time. Though of course, it must be remembered that death is a natural part of our lives, and thus the general outcome of the grieving process is to continue to live with fulfilment once we have adjusted to life without the presence of the person we have lost.

For some though, emotional attachment, the nature of the death or dying process can augment the sense of loss, or loss of control, creating a sense of shock, helplessness, emotional numbness, anger, frustration, and a whole host of other feelings and emotions which negatively impact on one’s life and well-being – according to the UK National Health Service, there are a number of key factors that indicate you should seek help:

  • You don’t feel able to cope with overwhelming emotions or daily life
  • The intense emotions aren’t subsiding
  • You’re not sleeping normally
  • You have symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Your relationships are suffering
  • You’re having sexual problems
  • You’re becoming accident-prone.

Whilst such lists can be helpful to doctors in assessment processes, they are not exhaustive of the whole human experience and will not adequately explain the differences between the grief experiences of different people.

It’s safe to say, from a person-centred point of view, that you will know when you are becoming overwhelmed, because you are the expert in your own experience.

If you do feel that you are struggling to cope, and your psychological well-being is being adversely affected to the point you are in distress or crisis, and if you feel you need help, you can contact us to tell us about it and get support.

You can have confidence that our TIR facilitators can effectively support you – we aren’t like normal counsellors, therapists or psychiatrists. You can learn more about how our unique person-centred approach to mental health is different by clicking here

Please Contact us to arrange a  consultation and discuss your needs.

 

SSS Joins ‘National Suicide Prevention Alliance’ to help prevent suicides amongst military and emergency service personnel

I’m very excited, because this week, Social Support Systems became  a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).

 

It seems that almost every week, there is news in the media of another soldier, paramedic, police officer or fire-fighter who has taken their own life – it is incredibly sad, and I believe that Social Support Systems (SSS) can have a great impact upon reducing the amount of suicides in the UK.

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Client Feedback from Steve (Police Officer) Nottingham. #PTSD

‘I have attended all manner of incidents, but I recently dealt with an incident that caused me issues.I had constant reminders of it and it started to interfere with my private and work life.I had a vision in my head 24hrs a day that i just couldn’t get rid of. I considered the GP, asking for help, and thought about going off sick. I broke down at work and sought help internally and was directed to Social Support Systems.After a quick online questionnaire i was asked to phone and make an appointment.The day arrived and i didn’t know what to expect, but after three hours with my facilitator I no longer feel or suffer the issues I did, and life is back on track.An unexpectedly simple process provided relief for me – Much quicker than a GP visit and then onward referral. I really can’t praise or thank them enough.’

©2019 Dr John Durkin