A critical incident is defined as an event which has the potential to overwhelm ones’ usual coping mechanisms resulting in psychological distress and impairment of normal adaptive functioning.
Prevalence of Incidents
- 2 million victims of violent incidents per year
- 5 million simple assaults
- 51,000 rapes and/or sexual assaults
- 84,000 robberies
- 230,000 police officers-nonviolent crime
- 639 homicides
- 8,768 fatal workplace injuries
Desensitization services assist the employee in-volved in the work-related incident in returning to work. Desensitization teaches the employee techniques, on how to desensitize him/herself from the work-related incident. During desensitization the employee interfaces with co-workers and participates in exercises in his/her work environment. The employee meets with the vocational/desensitization consultant two to three times per week. Monthly reports are developed documenting the employee’s progress in the program.
Benefits of Desensitization
- Reduces the amount of time the employee is out from work
- Reduces the cost
- Return to work increases significantly
- Works with the treating physician to achieve RTW
- Monthly progress reports