Oliver Barbour

CISM Team Director

Ollie has a special interest in psychological trauma and has presented on trauma care and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). He has worked with victims of road crashes, sea disasters and victims of terrorist’s attacks.  He has also supported victims of a wide range of other traumatic incidents including murders, hostages, sexual assaults, fatal incidents, bullying and harassments.


Ollie has a keen interest in CISM training and is a qualified Authorised Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). He has conducted training for the Defence Forces, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Gardai, Irish Rail, Chaplains to Sea Fears, HSE, Hospitals, Mountain Rescue Ireland, Air Traffic Controllers in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Ghana, NHS and Police in Scotland and PSNI among others.


In 2009 he was presented with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Co-founders award for “Excellence in Crisis and Disaster Response”.


In July 2009, two Irish Aid workers working in Darfur were taken as hostages by a rebel group. Ollie was appointed as the Senior Military Officer to the Irish Government Negotiation Team based in Sudan.


In May 2019, he was presented by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation at the World Congress in Baltimore Maryland with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.


As well as being the SafeHaven CISM Team Director, Ollie is also part of the CISM response and training teams.


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