The emphasis of CRT is not about the medical management of stress or critical incident stress debriefing. The course has been designed to allow participants to develop a response that contributes to a comprehensive management strategy and to rehearse the skills that will be useful in dealing with stress and the aftermath of a traumatic event.
To achieve this, the course progresses systematically through a number of discreet stages:
Understanding the background to and rationale for post-incident psychological management
Understanding the basic psychological principles relating to traumatic stress
Developing ways of understanding the range of psychological responses to traumatic incidents
Planning a management strategy that will help those involved in traumatic events
Providing education about traumatic stress and its’ management
Interviewing and assessing groups and individuals using a structured format to identify those at heightened risk so that they can be encouraged to seek proper help
Supporting and advising senior crew on the basis of proper psychological risk assessments
Implementing the management strategy
Supporting activities and programmes can be introduced to include raising awareness and promoting a positive and open organisational culture around mental health, preventative activities to support individuals to cope in difficult circumstances, and through reactive support. Our CRT courses address all such activities.
WHO ARE THE COURSES FOR?
We offer two levels of our Crew Resilience Training which can be delivered direct to yacht, or a place of your choosing, worldwide.
PRACTITIONER – 2 DAY COURSE
Designed for ALL CREW.
To gain the many benefits of adopting this practice we strongly advise that as many crew on board complete this stage of the course.
At the end of the Practitioner course, crew will be able to:
Appreciate the efficacy of CRT
Understand why traumatic events, stress and mental well-being need to be addressed by employers
Understand the nature of traumatic stress
Identify the critical aspects of a traumatic event that have the greatest impact
Identify risk factors and behaviour changes that may require a referral for medical assessment and possible subsequent specialist psychological treatment
Develop a model of self-health
Understand the potential pitfalls in post-incident psychological management
Decide when and if to intervene, using the most appropriate strategy and time frame, following a traumatic incident or crew member presenting symptoms of stress
Be able to carry out post-incident CRT assessment in groups and be able to conduct one-to-one CRT assessments themselves (under the supervision of a Manager as required)
MANAGER – 1 DAY COURSE
Designed for SENIOR CREW.
CRT will be most successfully implemented on board if 10% of crew who have completed the Practitioner Course also complete the Manager Course.
At the end of the Manager course, senior crew will be able to:
Plan effective psychological site management
Plan all aspects of a post-incident management strategy
Carry out and lead trauma risk assessments
Know when and where to refer those who are at risk of developing psychological problems
Have a substantial knowledge of the failings of previous models of traumatic stress management
Be able to advise and support Practitioners
REFRESHER – 1 DAY COURSE
We recommend that a re-fresher course is completed every year for crew who have previously completed the CRT course(s).