|Critical incident stress management is neither a form of psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for psychotherapy. Instead, Critical incident stress management is a broad collection of support services that can be selected and applied to assist people who are experiencing a strong reaction to a traumatic event. Many professional organizations exist to promote and provide training in conventional or alternative therapies. Critical incident stress management is an adaptive, short-term psychological helping-process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem. It can include pre-incident preparedness to acute crisis management to post-crisis follow-up. Its purpose is to enable people to return to their daily routine more quickly and with less likelihood of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience is one among the best scholarly journals in Critical incident stress management. All published articles are assigned to Digital Object Identifier (DOI) CrossRef and are freely accessed using PubMed, MEDLINE, PscycINFO, and EBSCO.