When Children Are the Victims

Shooting incidents involving children have an intense emotional impact for many of us. We often feel horror and sympathy when innocent adults are murdered but when the victims are children, these reactions can be greatly amplified. Shock and Disbelief. “How could anyone kill an innocent child?” This question confounds many of us. Doing such a…

Should traumatized employees be “debriefed?”

Survivors of disasters or traumatic events are at significant risk for developing such problems as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance abuse. To address this risk, organizations that have suffered a traumatic event often arrange for critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for affected employees, hoping this short-term psychological intervention will prove helpful. But it’s not that simple.