All workplaces are susceptible to a traumatic incident occurring. These incidents can threaten the wellbeing of individuals, whole groups of employees, or even the entire workplace. Major accidents, explosions, fires, hold-ups, violence and terrorism can seriously impact the immediate operation of an organisation and potentially its long term viability.
Many organisations have disaster recovery plans but frequently these neglect the human element. They assume that employees, despite the distress caused by a critical event, will be able to fulfill their designated roles. The fact is that employees are often so debilitated by their involvement in the incident that they simply cannot perform their duties. In such circumstances, employees need clinical assistance and support - quickly!
|"Properly managing the effects of a traumatic incident on your employees is not just a nice thing to do. It is a duty of care, obligation and simply good management."
IPS Worldwide has designed a multi-level Trauma Management System which integrates the development of policies and procedures which detail how to deal with disasters and recover from them. More concretely this involves assistance with planning, training of key personnel, education of the broader workforce and appropriate, timely, on-site interventions. These services are provided by consultants and clinically trained staff familiar with trauma mangement and the treatment of post trauma distress.
IPS psychologists use a range of eclectic interventions with individuals, work teams, managers and families. These interventions are designed to:
- assist in gaining an understanding of the impact of the traumatic stress reaction
- normalise the symptoms they may be experiencing
- develop strategies for working through the trauma recovery cycle as quickly and painlessly as possible.
The IPS Worldwide perspective is to lessen the impact on individuals and collectively assist the organisation effectively manage the incident and return to normal operations as quickly as possible.
IPS Worldwide has a team of experienced trauma management specialists who can consult with management, advise on productive strategies for work teams, and provide highly professional individual and group trauma counselling. Very importantly, IPS is concerned with follow-up and future monitoring of the ongoing health of the workplace.
These services are fully integrated with the Employee Assistance Program and provide a seamless transition from corporate intervention to individual support and monitoring. By using a six step trauma process, IPS can assist the client organisation throughout the traumatic incident.
IPS has assisted organisations all over the world to manage many potentially damaging situations. We will use our collective experience and expertise to ensure you fulfill your duty of care obligations and minimise your risk.
The IPS Trauma Management Service - helping you through the worst times.