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24 Aug. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Increasing Personal Safety through Situational Awareness

With more and more stories of violence happening every day, it is evident that an incident can happen anywhere and at any time. That being said, it is pertinent for individuals to take a proactive approach towards ensuring their own personal safety at home, work, or even in public. This begins with increasing your awareness of your surroundings at all times, otherwise known as “situational awareness.” This is especially important in the event of a dangerous situation or a potential threat as it could possibly mean the difference between life and death.

17 Aug. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Back to School Safety Tips for College Students

College will be starting again soon and we want to provide some safety tips for returning students and parents who want to make sure their sons and daughters are safe when they go to college. These are some common sense precautions that make sense anytime and are good lessons for new and returning students:

10 Aug. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Dealing with Potentially Unstable Employees

Change is an inextricable component of professional life. The transitional process can be very challenging and stressful, especially when employees resist and/or fear the change. In particular, informing an employee about a poor performance evaluation, postponed promotion or, worst of all, termination of employment is no easy task for a manager. However, notifying an unstable employee of job termination can also be potentially dangerous for managers and other employees if a safe and well-planned process is not set in place.

27 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Workplace Violence Prevention

In the aftermath of horrific events such as the mass shooting in Colorado, questions and concerns naturally arise among managers and employees about the possibility of such catastrophes within our own workplaces. In addition, many of the questions we ask focus on are whether the event could have been prevented, and whether we can prevent such incidents in the future. Although statistics on workplace violence make it clear that the likelihood of a violent incident occurring in a particular workplace is very small, it is necessary to remain observant of potential warning signs of violent acts that may occur among co-workers and employees.

19 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Self-Care for Crisis Responders

While responding to a crisis it is normal for individuals to experience secondary trauma, a condition that is a result of being exposed to the stress of others who are more directly involved in a crisis. Emotional distress as a result of working to support those impacted by trauma may not be as easy to detect as a physical injury but it can be just as debilitating and painful. Although anyone can be adversely affected by exposure to a traumatic event, crisis responders are particularly vulnerable to the development of stress reactions as they are exposed vicariously to traumatic events while assisting survivors.