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Fostering resilience after a critical incident

Fostering resilience after a critical incident

Critical Incidents are those events that have the power to overwhelm our usually effective coping skills. Surviving natural disasters such as hurricanes or man-made disasters such as acts of terrorism and criminal acts can be devastating and leave us feeling helpless, and disorientated. A sudden loss or an event creating unexpected lifestyle changes, like a layoff or the death of a loved one, can equally be impactful.

If in our experience with these types of events, our interpretations were ones where we felt threatened, or those who are significant to us did, we are likely to have a normal , but strong stress response, one where our physiological survival skills are heightened in order to achieve safety from the threat.