TBT: a valuable tool to prevent the developing of posttraumatic disorders

Even if potentially risky operations are part and parcel of some people's daily routine, they can be highly emotionally stressful experiences. Civil servants and employees but also voluntary helpers at public institutions and organisations such as: the Armed Forces, police, fire brigade, technical assistance organisations and rescue services are exposed to an increased risk of traumatisation during their work. TBT is a first-aid technique both for self-help and for helping colleagues and comrades in the context of critical incident debriefings and deployment task followups. With the aid of TBT, shocking experiences can be dealt with promptly to prevent trauma-associated disorders and to maintain the ability to work. 


Yet not only people who work in emergency services are regularly exposed to high emotional stress. For those who support others in therapeutic, social and caring professions as well as in human aid organisations, the stories of those who are in need of help can sometimes be so shocking that the helpers themselves get traumatised (secondary traumatisation). With its immediate stress relieving effect, TBT presents a valuable contribution for these groups of people to regaining their emotional balance and maintaining their health.