Italian train derailment and the civil protection emergency psychologist intervention: A case report

  • Riccardo Biella | biella.riccardo@gmail.com Psychosocial Emergency Team (SPE), Spazio Vita Niguarda, European Institute of Psychotraumatolgy and Stress Management (IEP), Italy.
  • Liliana Artale Psychosocial Emergency Team (SPE), Psychologist Psychotherapist, Psychotraumatologist, Italy.

Abstract

In the last years the mind-body unity, and so giving both physical and psychological attention, is entering increasingly in the first-responder system. This paper reports the intervention done by the Psychosocial Emergency Team, the Civil Protection Emergency Psychologists, during the multi-forces’ intervention on the Limito di Pioltello train crash, a major accident occurred in Italy in 2018. The attempt is to give a photography of the psychological part of the rescue system in this scenario, showing phases, methods, and some rationales subtended in our actions. The aim is to share procedures and open a constructive dialogue that could bring to more standardized interventions among non-governmental emergency psychologist teams with the aim to always provide better care both to victims and their families.

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Published
2020-04-22
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Keywords:
Emergency psychology, maxi-emergency, rescue system, psychological technical procedures, psychological support
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Biella, R., & Artale, L. (2020). Italian train derailment and the civil protection emergency psychologist intervention: A case report. Emergency Care Journal, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/ecj.2020.8683