Julio L. Benezra, M.S.Ed., LPC Alegre Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC

Critical Incident/Trauma Response Services

I have more than 22 years specializing in critical incident response for individuals or groups as well as for all types of industries and organizations, such as banks involving take over or note passing robbies.  I have a vast amount of experience in helping emergency responders, such as firefighters, police officers, and emergency room staff because I was the Clinical Director of the Maricopa County, Rural Metro Fire Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team for 18 years.  As aconsultant, I was involved in the development and maintenance of many trauma response teams throughout Arizona.

A Traumatic Event (TE), or as is sometimes called, a Critical Incident (CI), is an event that causes an individual or group of individuals to experience unusually strong emotional reactions. These reactions vary with the individual, but typically, have the potential to interfere with his/her ability to function in his/her personal, home, or work environments . Traumatic Events / Critical Incidents reactions can be triggered by:

  • Industrial Accidents
  • Injury
  • Death
  • Illness
  • Felony type crimes, such as a robbery or burglary.

Traumatic Events / Critical Incidents often:

  • Create a physical or emotional loss
  • Are sudden and unexpected
  • Disrupt a person’s sense of control over their life
  • Disrupt core beliefs, values, and assumptions about life

People experiencing a TE/CI can have immediate or delayed reactions, including:

  • Intellectual / Cognitive reactions, such as memory impairment or difficulty making decisions
  • Emotional reactions, such as anger, grief, or feeling overwhelmed and helpless
  • Behavioral reactions, such as changes in usual behavior, withdrawal from family and friends, or aggressive behavior

If you or your staff have experienced a traumatic event / critical incident, please call for a consultation.