CRT Courses

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.


We offer two levels of our Crew Resilience Training which can be delivered online and direct to yacht – worldwide – by our award winning Consultants.


Designed for ALL CREW.

To gain the many benefits of adopting this practice we strongly advise that as many crew aboard complete this stage of the course.

Practitioners 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)


Designed for SENIOR CREW.

CRT will be most successfully implemented aboard if 10% of crew who have completed the Practitioner Course also complete the Manager Course.

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


We recommend that a re-fresher course is completed every year for crew who have previously completed the CRT course(s).