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Crisis Debriefing Policy and Procedures (125.001)

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125.001




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UWMF SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Subject: Crisis Debriefing Policy and Procedures
Effective Date: 12/20/01 Approved:
Supersedes Policy Date: Revision #
Distribution: Safety Manual

Reviewed


DEFINITIONS:
Crisis debriefing is not a counseling or therapy session; rather, it is a session in
which the normal recovery process to a traumatic event is supported through
individual or group interactions with a trained facilitator.

Traumatic events include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Death or serious injury of an employee or patient at the worksite
 Threatening act or event on the worksite
 Severe accident or death witnessed by an employee
 Death or serious injury of a “key” employee off the worksite
 Natural disaster affecting the workplace
 Natural disaster affecting many employees off the worksite

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this policy is to provide to those affected by a traumatic event an
opportunity to “debrief” and ask questions about the recovery process or possible
resolutions.

POLICY STATEMENTS:
Crisis debriefing and referrals will be offered through the Employee Assistance
Program (EAP) to those who have experienced a traumatic event. Debriefing
sessions can last an hour or more, depending on the size of the group. During
the session, a trained facilitator will initiate the recovery process and provide
referrals as necessary. For more information on the EAP, contact the Human
Resources Department.

PROCEDURES:
I. Initial Notification
1. If you are a participant to a traumatic event and believe crisis
debriefing would be helpful, notify the site supervisor.

2. The site supervisor will notify Administration and coordinate a crisis
debriefing within 24-48 hours after the event.

II. Confidentiality





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1. All activities of the debriefing session and the participants in such
sessions will be strictly confidential. There will be no discussions
relative to the occurrence of a debriefing session or any of the contents
or mention of any of the participants to anyone outside of the
department (including the media). Employees are free to discuss the
event and their own feelings with others but must keep all details of the
debriefing sessions confidential.