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Demobilising and defusing training: Dates in August 2022

Event date 31 Aug 2022
Date: 31 Aug 2022
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Duration: 7 hours

We have two online courses running throughout August 2022 for specific forces.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for this training for home office forces.
Who's it for?
This course is aimed at police officers and police staff, who are line managers and / or peer supporters, to deliver timely practical support, following exposure to traumatic events in their force, or by exception and only in agreement with their force, as part of mutual aid.
How will the session be run?
The course is currently delivered on Microsoft Teams.
What if I miss it?
Regular courses are available, subject to your force having adopted this training.

Demobilising and defusing training is scheduled for:

  •  8th August 2022 - Bedfordshire (online)
  • 31st August 2022 - MET (online)



Demobilisation is a primary stress prevention conversation that takes places following a traumatic exposure. It involves a short conversation and though normally carried out by a supervisor following a traumatic incident, the role may also fall to a suitably trained peer supporter.

Defusing is provided around three days post incident.  It helps assess who may need further help and support. Defusing is a small group process: less structured and aimed at the core group affected the most by the incident. Groups will meet with a Defuser, usually a line manager or Peer Supporter, to hold a Defusing session. Individual one-to-one sessions can be held if required.

Is this course for me?

Demobilising and Defusing training covers the following areas:                                                                  

  • what is traumatic stress
  • organisational responses to traumatic stress
  • listening and responding skills
  • self care
  • Demobilising

This one-day training course covers both Demobilising and Defusing.

These courses regularly take place throughout the year and dates will be supplied directly to forces who have adopted this training.

How to access this training

To be considered for one of these courses, you must firstly contact your force wellbeing lead who may put your name forward. Please note we are unable to accept individual applications for this course. 

What previous delegates are saying about this course



Thoroughly enjoyable course. I found this course extremely useful and something I will use in my everyday job. Thank you!

I did not know what to expect from this course, but found it extremely useful, especially in my current role. My officers deal with traumatic incidents on a regular basis and this course has really shown me not only the benefit of Defusing and Demobilising sessions, but also it has given me the skills to do it and the guidance, Thank you.


Find out more

Go to the psychological and trauma risk management service

Date: 31 Aug 2022
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Duration: 7 hours