Distress Debriefing

Acute Distress Debriefing Services

Those in the helping professions are exposed to crisis or catastrophic events that demand rapid and decisive responses.  Threats to life or workplace safety, fear, horror, helplessness, grief and loss are unavoidable for those in human service.  The commitment to stand firm in such experiences can be both a source of professional pride, satisfaction and deep meaning, as well as a risk for compassion fatigue, burnout, trauma and distress. Professionals need a confidential space to reconnect, process, breathe, and allow their burdens to be lifted, for their own individual health and the health of their organizations.

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”  C.G. Jung

At Virtue Medicine, our Acute Distress Debriefing Groups provide that much-needed confidential and interdisciplinary assistance to groups that need to process crisis situations and deep distress in order to maintain their health and function.

With customized interventions, we ease strong emotions, provide rituals for honoring loss, build resiliency, invite reflection, and work to knit the community back together.  We invite every individual to be deeply heard and supported, and the group to regain cohesiveness and courage by sharing that experience together in a caring, mutually respectful process.  The outcome of this connectivity and care is an affirmation of shared vision, values, and purpose, with fresh courage and hope for meaningful human life and service.

Virtue Medicine also contracts with organizational leadership that needs our expertise in consultation, or wishes to sponsor additional support services for individuals, as part of a comprehensive distress intervention plans.

Comprehensive whole person care is a mission of Virtue Medicine, and our Acute Distress Debriefing Groups can incorporate meditation or mindfulness practices, guided visualization, exercises in affirming and clarifying values, creative or mindful journaling, and a variety of contemplative rituals for honoring grief and loss.  We have found that groups also benefit from gentle movement techniques, Healing Touch or Reiki, aromatherapy, restorative yoga postures, and other integrative healing modalities, to enhance wellness and further meet the unique and diverse needs of a successful group experience.  After consulting with the organization, we often engage integrative clinical associates to work alongside our professionalism experts in creating a safe and therapeutic space, facilitating authentic healing and whole-person care for the community in distress.

Call or email us for additional assistance:  319-338-5190, or professionalism@virtuemedicine.com