Psychologically-focused debriefing

Evidence of ineffectiveness or harm – there is either strong evidence that this treatment option is unlikely to be helpful or there is evidence that the option is likely to be harmful.

Psychologically-focused debriefing is a type of emotional and psychological support which would be offered immediately after you experience a traumatic event. This type of support aims to prevent PTSD rather than treat PTSD symptoms. Psychologically-focused debriefing can involve one session lasting a few hours and could be either an individual or group session. 

There is very little evidence on psychologically-focused debriefing, so it should not be offered to you to prevent PTSD. There is some evidence that psychologically-focused debriefing can lead to worse mental health outcomes. 

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.


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