Personal Debriefing and Coaching Support

Calm-consulting offers personal debriefing and coaching services to help organisations and individuals manage levels of stress or critical incidents.

Personal Debriefing provide a chance for people to raise any issues of importance to them in a safe environment. It is neither a counselling session, nor therapy, but rather an opportunity to confidentially explore experiences after working in stressful environments, traumatic situations or supporting vulnerable people. In particular, a personal debriefing is most valuable after aid workers return from any recent overseas posting so that they can reflect on the way they mobilised their own resources in stressful situations.

Personal debriefing sessions aim:

Any subject can be raised with the coach and questions will be asked to help recollection of experiences and reactions in stressful situations. The coach can also help an individual reflect on how to prevent stress when working in high pressured environments and how to develop coping mechanisms further. Staff will be informed of the support that can be offered during an overseas assignment as well as the other support mechanisms available through the organisation.

A session will usually last for 2 hours and can take place either face to face, or over the phone. A place that is quiet and free of interruption is necessary.

Coaching Support

Within the humanitarian, emergency or international field, the provision of an approachable and warm listener who ‘gets it’ can be so reassuring to aid workers whilst under pressure or during times of isolation. When things may become overwhelming, due to the accumulation of stressful factors that naturally exist in humanitarian work, a supportive coach can identify with the staff member enabling them to feel understood. Setting personal and professional intentions and goals with a coach can greatly assist staff in gaining fulfilment when other contextual factors can challenge their ability to see progress.
A session can help reassure people that its normal to experience minor difficulties adjusting and helps to minimise the worry about what they are going through. People are empowered to find the solutions that are right for them by gaining their own insights about the situations they have faced. Normalising and validating the emotional feelings and other symptoms of stress and fatigue can help people rationalise and justify their responses and coaching can prevent negative thinking from taking hold which can adversely affect energy levels, well-being and team work.
Coaching can prevent cynicism, feelings of disillusionment, burnout and fatigue that can often occur amongst aid workers working in the field over a prolonged period of time. People can learn how to care for themselves and identify the stress management strategies and self care mechanisms that are right for them. Any stress related symptoms that are causing significant mental health or recurring psychological problems can be identified and coaching can help an individual break through limiting beliefs that stop them from seeking appropriate professional support through counselling or psychotherapy etc. Coaching can help can signpost the person to other resources.

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