Trauma Debriefing Skills

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Trauma is inherently unpredictable, meaning that all people will at some time face an event that to them will be traumatic. The legacy of apartheid has bequeathed to South Africa a "culture of violence". This is rooted in the notion that violence in South Africa has become normative rather than deviant and it has come to be regarded as an appropriate means of resolving social, political and domestic conflict. As a result the trauma of living in a violent society is a reality for many South Africans. This course aims to equip professionals with a body of knowledge and set of skills to both understand and intervene with those who find themselves the victims of a traumatic event. It will furthermore specifically examine the historical development and respective roles of trauma defusing and critical incident debriefing.


Please note

  • A minimum requirement to attend this training is the Basic Counselling Skills 1 and 2 trainings or a recognized Basic Counselling skills training. 
  • Recognition of non FAMtrac trainings will be considered on an individual basis.
  • This training will be applied for Continual Professional Development (CPD) points from the South African Council for Social Service Profession (SACSSP).
  • Please view our CPD guidelines.



Kindly note that bookings for this training need to be made at least 10 days prior to the first day of training.  Please forward proof of payment to in order to finalize your booking. 


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Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this training participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the need for trauma support in the South African Context
  • Describe the cycle of violence
  • Understand the historical overview of trauma research and the psychological impact it can have on people’s lives
  • Explain the difference between trauma debriefing and trauma support
  • Define trauma and traumatic events
  • Identify normal verses pathological responses and reactions to trauma
  • Describe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Demonstrate a narrative approach to Critical Incident Debriefing through role play
  • Identify resources and future management of trauma
Course Outline: 
  • The need for trauma support in the South African context
  • The cycle of violence
  • Historical overview of trauma research and the psychological impact that trauma can have on people’s lives
  • Trauma Debriefing versus trauma support
  • Definition of trauma and traumatic events
  • Normal versus pathological response and reactions to trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Critical Incident Debriefing – a narrative approach
  • Resource and future management of trauma
Price: R2,250.00