When Trauma Survivors Return to Work: Understanding Emotional Recovery

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University Press of America, Apr 27, 2010 - Psychology - 180 pages
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When Trauma Survivors Return To Work explains how managers and co-workers can help foster the process of emotional recovery for employees who have been traumatized and are returning to work. No other source clearly and positively teaches managers and co-workers how to treat fellow workers returning to the workplace after experiencing a rape, a burglary, an armed assault, a violent accident, or witnessing a brutal crime. No one explains what to say to those who have just been told they have a terminal illness, or how to treat an employee whose close family member has committed suicide. It is not helpful for co-workers to deny such traumatic events or remain silent, which is what often happens, or for managers to avoid directly communicating with the traumatized employee. Is there something that managers and co-workers can do to be truly helpful to such sensitively wounded people? The answer is yes. In this illuminating educational approach, Dr. Barski-Carrow shows how managers and co-workers can learn simple ways to make the workplace a better environment for emotional healing.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Why I Wrote This Book
3
Chapter 2 What Is a Traumatic Life Experience TLE?
13
Chapter 3 What Is It Like to Be a Returning TLE Employee?
18
Chapter 4 What Can Managers Do?
24
Chapter 5 What Do You Tell CoWorkers?
32
Chapter 6What Does Psychology Tell Us about Trauma?
44
Chapter 7 What Can an Employee Assistance Program Do?
56
Part II TAKING PRACTICAL STEPS
67
The Second Study Circle
109
The Third Study Circle
123
Part III SOME SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
137
Chapter 13 When an Entire Group Is Traumatized How Do Managers and Employees Cope?
139
Chapter 14 How Does an Employees Trauma Affect His Children?
145
Chapter 15 How Can You Help Yourself after a Traumatic Life Experience?
151
Chapter 16 What Challenges Face a Facilitator?
155
Appendix Study Circle Handouts
163

Chapter 8 What Is a Study Circle?
69
Chapter 9 How Does an Organization Set Up a Study Circle?
84
The First Study Circle
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Barbara Barski-Carrow earned her doctorate in adult education and human resources from Virginia Tech and is principal of Carrow Associates. Her work focuses on professional relationships, helping managers and employees relate better when individuals return to work after a traumatic life event. Through more than thirty years of experience in the field, she has created educational forums for senior management in both the public and private sectors.

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