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Top Tips for Managing Fatigue

When an individual has experienced a traumatic event, or a critical incident (any event that causes unusually strong emotional reactions) the strong reactions they can induce have the potential to interfere with their ability to function and go about their daily life, in a ‘normal’ way. One of these abilities could be a severe increase in tiredness and fatigue. Most of the time fatigue is commonly related to stress, grief…

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Effective Psychological Debriefing – let’s get honest (and controversial)

Let’s be honest – the world has changed; and so has the workplace. Workplace-mental-health are buzz words. This means a healthy shift has occurred, which places mental welfare on the map, in terms of organisational responsibilities. Along with that shift, there has been a natural upwelling of organisations that support businesses in meeting legislative and best practice guidelines for workplace mental health – and in the spirit of ethical transparency,…

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Our research poster presentation at the ISTSS 33rd Annual Conference, Chicago

We are pleased to announce our clinical director, Charlotte Copeland, will be giving a poster presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 33rd Annual Conference; on her latest research: Combining Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy (Emo-Somatic Therapy) in the Treatment of British Military Veterans.   The theme of this years conference is: Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells Traumatic life events exert effects that can be anything but…

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Getting help after trauma: a guide

In the UK we have recently experienced a series of large scale traumatic events, which have impacted the nation and left a vast number of people feeling shocked and traumatised. Understandably, this has raised many questions about how to best support people and help them recover. This article will provide a brief explanation of the normal human response to trauma, when and what type of help to seek and provides…

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BBC One: Doctor in the House

On Monday the 22nd May 2017, episode 2 of the new series of ‘Doctor in the House’ with Dr Rangan Chatterjee was aired. Our Clinical Director, Charlotte Copeland, was asked to provide support to Emma, who was one of the people in this episode. You can see Charlotte towards the end of the program providing some comments, with respect to the support we provided. We would like to thank Emma…

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Why would I attend a Mindfulness course?

Have you noticed how often stress, and how stressed people feel, crops up in our conversations? Many people are finding the stresses and strains of modern life are taking a toll on their mental and physical health.  However, the ‘stress response’ is a natural response to threats, perceived threats or life events. This natural response is not necessarily negative.  For short periods of time, stress may help us perform well…

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a bit of buzz word these days.  Many people speak about and write about it but it can still be unclear what mindfulness actually is. Jon Kabat Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and who is often credited with birth of the modern mindfulness movement, describes mindfulness as:    ‘paying attention in particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally’.    Let’s break that…

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Managing Workplace Trauma on That’s Manchester TV with Alistair Clarke

In November our Clinical Director, Charlotte Copeland, and Dr Liz Royle, from KRTS International, joined Alistair Clarke on That’s Manchester TV to discuss workplace trauma. Workplace trauma can range from instances of bullying or assault through to serious injury or loss of life, to large scale catastrophic events such as a major fire or terrorism. When trauma strikes organisations will have health and safety plans in place to manage their…

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3 Phases of Trauma Recovery

Anyone can be affected by traumatic circumstances when they occur. In fact statistically over 70% of us in the Western world will experience what it is like to be traumatised during our lifetime. The good thing, however, is that psychological trauma is something we can fully recover from with appropriate support. There are many different therapies that a person can choose from when looking for appropriate support; and research is…

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What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a system of established procedures and protocols that enable an organisation to effectively manage the psychological impact of critical incidents when they occur. CISM is designed to stabilise a situation in the aftermath of a critical incident, mitigate the psychological impact on those directly and indirectly affected (such as witnesses or those who provide third-party support) and facilitate recovery. It is a comprehensive system…

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