RAIDS is a brief, dynamic psychological risk-assessment for organisations whose people are at high-risk for posttraumatic stress. It is simple, effective, and can augment the skills base of colleagues who have received training in other methods of peer support regarding mental health in the workplace.

RAIDS is attuned to a person’s reaction to an event, rather than the event itself. In other words, there is no traumatic incident, only a traumatic reaction – a new paradigm in posttraumatic stress, which has enabled cutting edge development of the RAIDS® system.


• Identifies early indicators of PTSD in a simple and memorable way.
• Training those involved in high-risk work-streams to utilise the RAIDS system provides an operationally efficient method of assessing individual well-being during and in the aftermath of any critical incident.
• Theoretically-based in psychological research
• Measurable and audit-able against clinical criteria
• Compatibility across sectors is assured following the principle of ‘joint understanding of risk’ inherent in the ‘Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme’ (JESIP)
• The system can extend beyond the formal command or management structures into the looser trauma-relevant contexts in the non-profit and charity sectors dealing with crime, justice and health
• Unlike other out-dated trauma risk management approaches, RAIDS does not rely on a hierarchical approach in  application – there aren’t different levels of skills which require extra cost when it comes to competence management and therefore costs are reduced
• Cost-efficient upon implementation
• Cost-efficient in operation
• Compatible with all known command & control systems (including military)
• Supports the multi-agency approach, including the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Program (JESIP – Joint understanding of risk)
• Supports business continuity
• Tailored to H&S Regulations (1999) for assessing risk
• Surpasses older trauma risk-management systems by providing a raised level of knowledge and skill regarding posttraumatic stress, and an earlier opportunity to intervene.
Crucial to acceptability is the peer-led approach utilised by the RAIDS system which allows key people within an organisation to assess, intervene and monitor their colleagues, immediately after their 1-day RAIDS training course.
• Poor reputation amongst those in need of help due to ineffectiveness
• Overly expensive and overly complicated training
• Paper-based and unsuitable for dynamic and protracted situations
• Inability to be applied DURING a critical incident when traumatic reactions actually occur
• Little or no theoretical underpinning
• Despite claims of success, repetitive Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) of well known trauma risk management systems have failed to demonstrate definitive success.
• Organisations where older trauma risk management systems have been adopted are still suffering high levels of sickness absence due to poor psychological health
• Based on unfounded assumptions regarding incident type and mythical scoring systems to assess ‘severity’, rather than an individuals actual state of mind.

RAIDS represents the cutting edge in psychological risk-assessment – to join those organisations already benefiting from RAIDS please contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

©2016 Dr John Durkin

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