PAGE: WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Most people associate trauma with life threatening events. However, trauma is complex and can include many scenarios and contributing factors. The TCA view of trauma has been informed by our experience with clients over the past 25 years of service delivery. We appropriately define trauma as a
“psychological wound that has occurred due to a person’s perception of a stressful event”
(Peter Horton CEO, 2013).
Trauma can have a profound impact on psychological wellbeing and everyday functioning. Thoughts can become consumed by the incident, making concentration on work near impossible, decision-making unclear and coping abilities frail. Reactions can range from mild to severe and can persist for weeks, months, or years following the initial traumatic event.
A critical incident is any event which contains any of the following elements:
Responses to critical incidents will vary from person to person, but common responses include:
In the period following the incident it is common to observe the following:
Following a traumatic incident, those effected can significantly benefit from trauma counselling and interventions. Trauma counselling can help minimize psychological impact by reducing traumatic stress and reducing the likelihood of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Other ways oh helping reduce trauma symptoms include:
To find out more about how the Trauma Centre of Australia can help your organisation recover from a traumatic event, please contact us on (03) 9205 9488 or email us at email@example.com