Recognising and managing traumatic impact

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Trainer: Donna Butler

This online 3-hour session, with trauma specialist and psychotherapist, Donna Butler, considers how to manage trauma in the workplace - both for those you work with and also how to look after yourself.

14th September – 10am-1pm


Impact of trauma

Trauma does not just happen to other people – it happens to us, our friends and family and our neighbours. While humans are an extremely resilient species, able to rebound from relentless wars, family violence and man-made disasters, experiences like these inevitably leave traces: on our minds, our emotions and even on our biology and immune systems. This matters not just to those who are directly affected, but to the people around them.

– Psychiatrist, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

We can all be impacted by situations that are acutely stressful or even traumatic, in our private lives and in our work. Especially if we witness human suffering and emotive struggles, as a result of our work. This workshop looks at how to recognise and manage these situations.

This workshop covers:

  • Defining and understanding trauma types
  • How to recognise the symptoms resulting from traumatic impact
  • How you can help someone who has experienced trauma
  • Where to go for further support and resources
  • Looking after yourself in supporting others regarding vicarious trauma

About the trainer

Donna Butler is a trauma specialist and an integrative psychotherapist (EMDR member and UKCP registered).

She has 30 years’ experience working in the NHS – having spent 16 years working in acute services – A&E (ED)- first as a nurse, then once she retrained, worked as a psychotherapist, supporting staff from multi allied professions-including nurses, doctors, paramedics, police and fire service personnel.

Co-authored with Gill Hasson, Donna has written a book: “Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace“.

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