The founder and director of STAGE-28, Dr John Durkin is a practitioner, former-firefighter and crisis intervention trainer shaped by his involvement in post-9/11 New York, Typhoon Haiyan and the London terror attacks and Grenfell Tower fire.

He has trained some remarkable people, both practitioners and non-practitioners, in pragmatic and effective methods to reduce that burden of emotional distress and lead to posttraumatic growth. With ongoing supervision students increase their competence and confidence in applying their new skills and knowledge to any person, condition or situation that demands attention.




As psychological scientists we engage with knowledge-transfer in the theoretical and clinical domains of psychological stress and trauma. Qualitative and quantitative methods can be delivered to explore, confirm or test hypotheses. Quantitative data-collection is conducted through STAGE-28’s secure online data collection portal designed to use standardised questionnaires alongside the demographic variables nominated by the client organisation.

STAGE-28 projects adhere to internationally established codes of conduct that require informed consent, detailed information and participants’ entitlement to withdraw. All participants receive a personalised summary statement of scores, risk levels and contact information for support and guidance where necessary. Organisations receive a database of scores in .csv format to populate data analysis software such as Excel and SPSS to facilitate the identification of problematic areas to target and evaluate interventions.


Training workshops are 1 – 4 days in length, with online training available in 4-hour sessions to fit various time-zones amongst an international audience.

Dr John Durkin is an Approved Instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and trainer with Applied Metapsychology International (AMI).

We select peers from people nominated by their colleagues to train and form peer support teams as described by Everly and Mitchell (2005), a model that has proved itself in the fields of terrorism, mass-disaster and large-scale loss of life. As ‘building capacity from within’ is our focus we utilise models developed in the fields of terrorism, mass-disaster and large-scale loss of life. 

Mental health assessment

Developed during the crisis response to the 2017 terrorist attacks for London’s Metropolitan Police Service the STAGE-28 online assessments has evolved into a detailed risk assessment tool with several features:

  • Its encryption standard allows personal data to be stored with the lowest risk of hacking, data-loss or personal identification
  • It delivers a personalised report to all participants with links to additional information, support contacts and guidance on referral
  • It presents the managers in an organisation with a database of raw scores and summary statistics in a .csv file for statistical analysis (e.g., using Excel or SPSS)
  • It can be used to measure mental health risk levels before-and-after interventions to monitor effectiveness

Well-being evaluation

In contrast to mental health measures (e.g., depression, anxiety) well-being represents relatively positive psychological states such as autonomy, social support and meaning in life. Measuring the combination of mental health risk with personal capacities and abilities presents a more holistic picture of well-being than clinical assessments do alone. While such assessments may justify a referral for diagnosis (e.g., depression, anxiety, and distress) our information is balanced by including the social and personal resources indicative of well-being and strengths.


Dr Durkin is a uniquely experienced and well-respected practitioner. He has worked in high-stress occupations and in academia, knows of specific risks to mental health and is committed to those seeking to minimise distress and facilitate autonomous, flourishing people in their workplace.


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