Traumatic events can have a devastating impact on people and those around them immediately following the event and for months and even years after.
We combine effective and powerful individual and workshop based approaches to thoroughly educate your employees about reactions to stress and trauma and to create a personal strategy, based on proven techniques and interventions, to assist them in their return to work.
Trauma Management Workshop
Arcadia Alive Trauma Management Workshops centre on the use of proven cognitive behavioural techniques to assist participants to manage Acute Stress Disorder, return to ‘normal’ productive life quickly and prevent the development of PTSD.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is an umbrella term that covers a number of different psychological interventions. In essence, CBT helps individuals think differently about their memories to make them less distressing and more manageable. It is intended to be short-term therapy, with most studies on PTSD providing between 9 to 12 sessions, each typically lasting 90 to 120 minutes, which are administered once or twice weekly. In between sessions, patients are usually assigned homework that involves practicing the specific interventions being used. The interventions most frequently used in the treatment of PTSD are exposure therapy, anxiety management training, and cognitive restructuring. A fourth treatment for PTSD, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), incorporates elements of all three interventions and adds the use of therapist-directed rapid eye movements.
The Effects of Trauma
In our everyday lives, any of us can have an experience that is overwhelming, frightening, and beyond our control. We could find ourselves in a car crash, the victim of an assault, or witness an accident. Military personnel and emergency service workers are of course more likely to have such experiences, often having to deal with extraordinary situations and incidents.
These events can trigger an acute stress response because they undermine our sense that life is fair, reasonable safe, and that we are secure. A traumatic experience makes it clear that we can die – or lose a loved one – at any time.
Many individuals will experience symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder for up to 3 months after the incident. Symptoms may include emotional numbness, restlessness (the need to be ‘on guard’ at all times), anxiety, uncharacteristic irritability, problems focusing or concentrating, flashbacks, sleep disturbance and physical reactions such as irregular heartbeats, feelings of panic and fear, and depression. This is part of the healing process, protecting them and helping them process and accept the experience they have been through.
However, when the symptoms last longer than 3 months, a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may be made.