About us

Center for Crisis Psychology has provided Emergency Preparedness Agreements to municipal department and private companies for more than 20 years. This includes oil companies, offshore supply companies, airline and helicopter companies, banks and other private companies and industrial entities. Center for Crisis Psychology offers emergency preparedness agreements allowing both private and public organizations a quick follow-up if the organization should experience a crisis. This ensures highly qualified support and assistance to managers and employees in case of accidents or other incidents that require psychological assistance.

Emergency Preparedness Agreements

Center for Crisis Psychology offers emergency preparedness agreements allowing both private and public organizations a quick follow-up if the organization should experience a crisis.
This ensures highly qualified support and assistance to managers and employees in case of accidents or other incidents that require psychological assistance.

Among our clients, we assist BKK, Statoil, Canadian Helicopter Company Norway, Fana Sparebank, KCA Deutag Drilling and Bergen Taxi.

Read more about our Emergency Preparedness Agreements.

Courses

The center conducts extensive training programs, especially towards professionals connected to the health and education sectors.

The employees of the Center for Crisis Psychology are holding a number of external courses in Norway and abroad.

These are some of the major topics we regularly hold courses in:

  • Crisis and disaster intervention
  • Organization of crisis and disaster work
  • Post-traumatic therapy
  • Emergency response personnel in emergencies and disasters
  • Help for children and adults who are experiencing grief and crisis, including crisis intervention
  • Complicated grief
  • Death notification
  • Children who have experienced war or disaster
  • Social network and peer support during and following crises

In addition, we contribute to on-site training in the crisis and disaster field through teaching at different university departments at the University of Bergen, as well as at departments elsewhere in Norway and abroad.

The center's employees also hold a number of courses throughout Scandinavia, Europe and other parts of the world.

Here is a list of upcoming courses and conferences organized by Center for Crisis Psychology.

Treatment

Center for Crisis Psychology has extensive expertise in working with people, families and groups who have experienced crisis events, including loss and trauma.

At the Center for Crisis Psychology, we follow up both individuals and groups who are affected by everyday emergencies and accidents. In particularly these groups:

  • Bereaved by tragic accidents
  • Bereaved by murder and suicide
  • Robbery- and victims of violence (rape and assault)
  • Kindergartens and schools after critical incidents and other extraordinary situations
  • Companies and organizations after accidents and other emergency events, including restructuring and downsizing

The center's employees have been actively involved in major accidents, like the bus accident in Måbødalen (1988), Estonia shipwreck (1994), Åsta accident (2000), Rocknes shipwreck (2004), the terror in Norway in 2011, different helicopter- and aircrashes, the tsunami in Southeast Asia as well as numerous other events.

The center has built up a special expertise in working with individuals, families and groups who have experienced crisis events. Central to our work has been management and personalized group meetings for survivors/bereaved following suicide, homicide and accidents, both within schools and businesses.

Since inception, we have focused particularly on people who suffer from post-traumatic stress reactions or disorder (PTSD) and chronic or delayed grief. We get referred many clients who have developed PTSD or suffered losses many years back, and we have developed special expertise in the area of post-traumatic therapy and grief therapy.
More information about clinical work at the center, click here.

Education

The center's employees hold a number of external courses at home and abroad on topics relating to emergencies and trauma.

We offer courses on:
- Crisis and disaster intervention in practice
- Organization of crisis and disaster work
- Post-traumatic therapy
- Emergency response personnel in emergencies and disasters
- Children and adults who are experiencing grief and crises, including crisis intervention
- Complicated grief
- Giving death notification
- Children who have experienced war and disasters
- Social network and peer support during and following crises

Consulting services

An emergency preparedness agreement with the Center for Crisis Psychology ensures highly qualified support and assistance in case of accidents and serious incidents.

Since the inception in 1988 we have served as a center for crisis, disaster and trauma. Professionals writes or calls from across the country for advice on how they can best provide help or follow up after a critical event, to receive relevant literature or literature references, to get feedback on local contingency or emergency plans, or to get comments on projects to be initiated. In many ways  the Center for Crisis Psychology provide a nationwide function as a center of excellence in this area.

In the area of children and crises/disasters, we have built up a unique experience, allowing Center for Crisis Psychology to be considered as one of the premier knowledge institutions. Our employees have frequently been used as consultants by various organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, the Red Cross, Save the Children, Norwegian People's Aid and Swedish Save the Children.

Our employees have expertise in areas such as:

• Crisis and disaster intervention

• Survivors and relatives - with special focus on children

• Posttraumatic stress disorder

• Emergency workers (police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

• Children who are experiencing or have experienced war or disaster

• Child Welfare Work

• Social network support following sudden death

Crisis and disaster intervention

Through our employees' work with a variety of local, national and international disasters, we have built up a unique expertise on how psychological support best can be organized following major and minor accidents and disasters. When such incidents happen, it is essential that affected organizations quickly implement structured assistance to priority groups. A number of issues related to how assistance is best organized, how important decisions with regard to ritual markings can be made, and how to best help affected personnel and families, requires experience based advice. Psychologists at Center for Crisis Psychology are dealing with follow up on families affected by everyday tragedies and have the skills to assist in complex situations.

Survivors and their families, with a special focus on children

The center's employees were the first in Norway to shed light on the situation of children as mourners. From the early 1980s, we have researched in this field, published professional articles and books, and written feature articles in national newspapers. In addition, we cooperated with intensive care nurses to publish a book that improved the situation of children as patients or relatives in intensive care units. For several years, we surveyed the situation for suicide survivors, bereaved from children accidents and sudden infant death. This mapping included both what Norwegian municipalities had to offer, but in addition, we also collected information about survivors - both children and adults who feel cared for across the country. This has resulted in interventions that are tailored to the need of affected people.

Posttraumatic stress disorder

A number of people are struggling with long-term repercussions from dramatic life events. Memories of the incident(s) can return and create problems for work and leisure far beyond the immediate period after the incident. Center of Crisis Psychology has been a pioneering center for the introduction of new treatments for helping when problems ensue, partly to having foreign professionals to Norway to stimulate knowledge among Norwegian professionals, partly by developing and refining methods at the center. This has made Center for Crisis Psychology an important resource for clients seeking help for post-traumatic problems, as an addition to other professionals in Norway that are continuing to develop their knowledge in this area.

Emergency personnel (police, health workers and paramedics)

For many years we have contributed to the improvement of skills in this field through lectures and research. We have conducted research on personnel’s reactions following accidents and disasters. One of the center's employees have worked extensively with police officers in relation to crisis, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice. In addition, he has worked to develop good peer support systems within the police. In our coverage area, as well as elsewhere in the country, we have assisted the police and other groups of personnel after critical incidents.

Children who are experiencing or have experienced war and disasters

In this area, we dare say that Center for Crisis Psychology is considered to have some of the world's leading competence. For many years, our employees researched the situation of children in various war zones in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This research has made it possible to initiate measures for children, including relief efforts in Mozambique, Iraq and former Yugoslavia and many other countries. The center, in collaboration with the Children and War Foundation, which we also co-founded, are training numerous professionals worldwide, supported by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. During periods when there have been many children entering Norway as refugees, both unaccompanied or with their families, our knowledge has proved important to those who encounter these children. We have held a number of courses in this area. Center for Crisis Psychology employees also have supervised reception centers for the safeguarding of children and youth’s psychosocial needs.

Child Welfare Work

Several of our employees have many years of experience in working within child and adolescent psychiatry and child welfare. This has led us through several years of engagement with various local and regional agencies as supervisors and managers for various training measures for child protection services. We have also been used as lecturers in universities and colleges. Several of our employees are engaged as advisers for child welfare and foster parents. Through five years, we led, together with Alternative to Violence, the project "Children who live with domestic violence", supported by the Ministry of Children and Equality. The project has generated interest both domestically and abroad.

Social network support following sudden death

Another area where we have developed knowledge, is how to help optimize social network support following a traumatic death. We have studied the network support in light of both the bereaved as well as the networks' experiences of the situation. This has until now been an unexplored area. By illuminating the area through the bereaved and the network's own views and experiences, we have contributed to an increased use of social network resources following sudden death and illness. This has resulted in the book "Effective grief and bereavement support: The role of the family, friends, colleagues, Schools and support professionals " (Kari Dyregrov and Atle Dyregrov, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008). In 2013, we started an intervention study aimed at evaluating the impact of an intervention to strengthen social networks around families where one parent gets cancer.