No. Not everyone exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop lasting symptoms of trauma. Especially if you have a good critical incident plan in place and have provided employees with upfront critical incident support. Such as the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) that we provide in the days after an incident. However, some individuals exposed to a traumatic event will go onto develop lasting symptoms. Especially if a recent event has triggered past traumas. So, it’s essential that managers know what to look out for and spot the early warning signs that someone isn’t recovering. See below.
Post trauma support to rehabiliate employees
In the weeks and months following a traumatic experience, employees can develop intrusive symptoms, including flashbacks and nightmares. As well as self-blame, guilt, fear, anger, shame and the desire to avoid places, or stimuli, associated with the trauma.
Our post-incident support services can help those who are struggling to recover to overcome their symptoms. To prevent and reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related absence.
POST TRAUMA COUNSELLING
Post-incident support options
Post-accident trauma is a spectrum. At one end employees may have a few symptoms, such as intrusive thoughts. At the other, they could have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We can help them to recover, with a range of post-trauma counselling options. Including group counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desenstisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Trauma is officially defined, as resulting from exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Left unsupported they could go onto develop intrusive symptoms that limit their ability to attend or perform at work.Request a call back to learn more
Post-incident support features
Critical Incident Support
All our critical incident clients are given ongoing access to our post-incident helpline. This enables employees to access 24/7 telephone support from our qualified and experienced incident response team.
Group counselling gives employees the opportunity to normalise their traumatic experience together. Helping individuals working in high-risk environments to create support networks that build resilience.
CBT can be used to change how the individual is thinking and behaving. It can be good for addressing mild trauma. But if there are significant injuries, EMDR is often a better post trauma support option.
Our EMDR therapy can deal with trauma in as little as three sessions. The first session establishes the root cause of the trauma. The second treats it and a third give the employee skills to protect themselves in future.
DEDICATED CASE MANAGEMENT
Post-incident support case management
If you’re worried about an employee, that’s been exposed to a traumatic experience, we can carry out a psychological assessment. To provide a document with a diagnosis and recommend treatment plan.
If the decision is taken to rehabilitate, a case manager is appointed. They will liaise with the referring manager to provide updates on the employee’s recovery and ways to support this.
Post-Incident Support FAQs
Frequently asked questions
The main signs and symptoms of trauma can be put into four groups: 1. Avoiding places or stimuli associated with the trauma. 2. Hyper-vigilance, interrupting sleep or feeling jumpy. 3. Flashbacks and constantly replaying the traumatic event. 4. Low mood, feelings of sadness or not feeling anything at all. If the employee’s symptoms are becoming worse, they could be developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of which include extreme physical reactions. Such as nausea, sweating or pounding heart, nightmares, extreme anxiety, invasive memories and intense feelings of distress. These can make the individual feel like the trauma is still happening.
In a traumatic situation, the side of our brain that governs how we see, hear and feel dominates and can overwhelm us. In a car crash, for example, the oncoming vehicle is the visual, the bang is the auditory, smelling spilled petrol is the olfactory. While being knocked and tasting blood is the taste. Flashbacks are the brain’s way of trying to process a traumatic event. But with so many stimuli, cognitive function can shut down. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) gets both sides of the brain to communicate. Bilateral eye movements, or tactile tapping, is used to move sensory data to the other side of the brain. So it can be processed to remove feelings of helplessness.
Employees can be traumatised in numerous ways. Trauma is officially defined, as resulting from exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. (Under the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Meaning, employees who nearly died during an accident, who have witnessed a suicide or been sexually attacked, could all end up traumatised. Left unsupported they could go onto develop intrusive symptoms that limit their ability to attend or perform at work. When as little as three post-trauma counselling sessions can rehabilitate a skilled employee, who would otherwise be costly to replace.
Some individuals exposed to a traumatic event will go onto develop lasting symptoms. Especially if a recent event has triggered past traumas. So, it’s essential that managers know what to look out for and spot the early warning signs that someone isn’t recovering.Request a call back to learn more
Benefits of working with us
PAM Wellbeing’s professional counsellors provide expert care
We help employees to recover so they can continue to work for you
We keep managers updated and help them to support employees
We offer critical incident planning, support and post-trauma care