Psychologically traumatic experiences can arise out of apparentlynormal, everyday situations, can affect perfectly ordinary workingpeople, and may only involve one or two individuals. Four caseillustrations are given of unsuspecting employees who found their livesthrown into extreme turmoil by the experience of a traumatic event.These included a railway suicide, an acidthrowing attack, an explosionin an apartment block, and a rape by a work colleague. The nature ofpsychological trauma is examined, and then the benefits of earlyintervention in such cases, and the need for employers to provide acounselling service which is sophisticated enough to cater for problemsof this kind is considered.
Employee Counselling Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 1990