Stress debriefing conducted for Benguet bus victims-A A +A
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted a stress debriefing session to the 12 victims of the tourist bus accident that killed seven persons and injured 34 others last Sunday in Benguet.
According to Judith De Guzman, head of the DSWD Crisis Intervention Unit (DSWD-CIU), the stress debriefing session aims to clarify and acknowledge the negative feelings the victims have and to prepare them to travel again.
The session was done separately in Benguet State University, where four of the victims were housed, and Baguio General Hospital where eight of the victims were staying.
“We need to prepare the students to travel because some of the victims are afraid to look at mirrors, ride on buses, and even go for a travel. Mga tourism students sila e, so talagang kailangan nilang maovercome ‘yun,” she said.
De Guzman said the victims are resilient and positive about moving on.
The debriefing session was conducted by four DSWD social workers Janet Armas, Judith De Guzman, Nelly Mason, and Jackielyn Gitangan and lasted for only 45 minutes as the victims needed to leave that afternoon to go back to Marinduque.
The two drivers, who are still in BGH, have also undergone psychological assessment Wednesday. (Jemmie Rose Vejerano and Karen Umangay-UPB Interns)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 28, 2013.