DSWD conducts stress debriefings for victims of Typhoon Pedring and Quiel

debriefing affected by typhoon relief goods
DSWD social workers are conducting critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for victims of typhoons Pedring and Quiel in affected regions.
 “The DSWD sent its social workers to the evacuation centers to provide CISD to the victims,” Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.
As of October 7, 2011, 6:00 a.m., 125 evacuation centers remain open, serving 8,906 families affected by typhoon Quiel. The DSWD also continues to provide assistance to 30,467 families outside the evacuation centers.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a process that prevents or limits the development of post-traumatic stress in people exposed to critical incidents. Professionally conducted debriefings help people cope with, and recover from an incident’s aftereffects. CISD enables participants to understand that they are not alone in their reactions to a distressing event, and provides them with an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a controlled, safe environment.
A “critical incident” is any event that causes an unusually intense stress reaction. The distress people experience after a critical incident limits their ability to cope, impairs their ability to adjust, and negatively impacts their lives, Secretary Soliman explained.
During natural and human-induced disasters, the DSWD immediately activates its Quick Response Teams (QRTs) to conduct counseling and CISD for the victims, “to ease their tension, anger and other negative emotions, and help them cope with the aftermath of the disaster,” Secretary Soliman expounded.
Meanwhile, the DSWD has provided P6.73 million for the victims of typhoon Quiel, and prepositioned P16.49 million standby funds and P22.12 million worth of relief supplies to Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).