Stands for ‘Stress, Trauma, Assessment, Growth and Evaluation’ within 28 days
Combines evidence-based and theoretically-grounded methods
Brings theory, knowledge and skills for use by peers
Offers encrypted data collection to compare outcomes with clinical therapies
Can be learned in accredited workshops of 1-5 days
Uses techniques successful in veteran, terrorist and mass-fatality incidents
Will contribute to research, practice and policy
Accredited training workshops to become a facilitator are run regularly throughout the year.
A short 1-day training to meet the demands of the Health & Safety (1999) Regulations risk assessment, for mental health:
Identify the hazard
The course will teach students to identify known predictors of PTSD during a conversation soon after a critical incident. Five subscale scores are summed for a total that gets placed in High-, Medium- or Low-risk categories.
Group Crisis Intervention
back-at-base small group assessment, information and support
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (powerful event group support)
Demobilisation (large operational group [<100] transition from scene to base)
Crisis Management Briefing (large civilian group information and support)
Traumatic Incident Reduction
A 5-day workshop that covers theory, practice and skill establishment in three techniques for reducing emotional charge.
Single, known incidents including
Unknown sequence of incidents including complex-PTSD
Reduced distress on people, dilemmas, conditions and situations
A 4-day workshop that covers additional techniques compatible with the TIR techniques as a follow-up for more resolution on more long-standing issues including bereavement, loss and difficult relationships.
Life Stress Reduction
A 4-day workshop that describes longer-term projects for example, addictions and body-image. A case-planning protocol allows students to assess, prioritise and tackle an entire life-stress plan.
Data collection – Online portal for psychological assessments
A 1-day workshop for students to become familiar with a secure and encrypted online portal, and achieve competence in identity coding, data-input and collation. Demonstrations of annual (static) and periodic (dynamic) evaluations will be given with exercises to consolidate skills to complete the STAGE-28 programme.
The STAGE-28 Training Programme
All modules (17 days formal training) to be undertaken within six months. A team certified for mobilisation under the guidance of Dr John Durkin will be expected to measure standards of training, quality of effectiveness and ensure team competence. All phases of STAGE-28 have been tested in the field and will now undergo academic and clinical scrutiny to generate empirical data for research purposes.