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Emergency psychology

Any person exposed to a potentially traumatic event (confrontation with death or a threat to life, serious injury or sexual violence) can present psychological reactions that can leave a lasting impression. This is why the Army's Care Team, with its specialists, implements an intervention mechanism that is committed to intervening according to the principles of proximity, speed, simplicity and confidentiality.

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The Army's Care Team is the body mandated to provide emergency psychological assistance following potentially traumatic events within the Swiss Army. In addition, the PPS A ensures the quality of this work through ongoing trainings and supervisions.

In case of need, emergency psychological assistance, including the intervention of the Care Team, can be requested by all army officers. The services of the Care Team are aimed at members of the armed forces who are implicated in exceptional situations, such as a serious accident resulting in injury and/or death, sexual violence, or having been confronted with death.

To do this, the intervention forces must be adequately trained and supported by an ad hoc organisation. For this reason, the Care Team is recognised as a response and training organisation by the National Emergency Psychological Support Network (NEPSN). As a result, the Care Giver training provided by PPS A is recognised in the civilian sector.

The Care Team

The PPS A is responsible for the coordination and quality assurance of emergency psychological intervention and therefore organises regularly training courses in emergency psychological assistance. These training courses are certified and approved by the NEPSN and can also be used in the civilian sector.

The army's Care Team is composed of people who have experience in a relevant civilian field and have successfully completed training in psychosocial support. They have an additional function within the Care Team. As a rule, the members of the Care Team also belong to the army's social service, the chaplaincy or the PPS A. Membership of the Care Team is voluntary. All its functions are open to the militia. 

The Care Team guarantees its availability throughout the year  (On-call service 24/7).

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Confidentiality

The employees and militia specialists of the PPS A are subject to official and professional secrecy for an unlimited period of time.


Psycho-pedagogical service of the army (PPS A) Caserne
CH-3609 Thoune
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+41 800 11 33 55

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Psycho-pedagogical service of the army (PPS A)

Caserne
CH-3609 Thoune

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