Emerging from emergency: Onsite intervention work in the aftermath of a traumatic incident
This truly unique workshop will talk through working onsite with trauma and cover the
different types of on-site intervention, including responding to terrorism, natural disasters and suicide.
We will consider and practice assessment tools and techniques alongside complexities of working cross-culturally, often with people who have not experienced therapy before. Examples and case studies of different organisations and industries and their cultures will help to bring the material to life.
Discussion will include the stages of trauma and grief, working with groups and individually, negotiating within organisations, psycho-education for clients, the concept of ‘psychological first aid’ and self-care for both the therapist and the client when working with extreme trauma. We’ll also cover the logistics and ethics of working with third parties such as employee assistance programmes and the emergency services, as well as responding at short notice and working in a short-term model.
By the end of the two days, you’ll have an insight into how to work with clients with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how to assess for different levels of trauma, and various approaches in terms of coping mechanisms, support systems and resources. You’ll be able to identify the referral process of employee assistance programs and how the industry works, including onsite counselling, time-focused therapy and critical incident response.
Early booking is advisable as places are limited.
This course will be led by Jonathan Lake who has managed and supervised two international trauma response organisations, and worked internationally providing onsite support in recent terrorist attacks in Europe. He has run the counselling services of two London-based EAPs and also worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office on government tender of EAPs.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, Jonathan studied as a psychologist and worked in corporate strategy for Virgin, The Body Shop and the BBC. He helped produce ‘The Experiment’ for BBC2, a psychological re-enactment of the Stamford Prison simulation and was the strategy advisor for Radio 1. He was the director general’s business researcher before completing his training at Metanoia. Jonathan works in private practice in East and North-West London as a psychotherapist and supervisor. He is Facebooks’ onsite psychotherapist in their London Offices and he is a volunteer supervisor for Freedom From Torture.