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27 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

The Disengagement Process of a Crisis Responder

A crisis responder’s work takes place in response to traumatic events that disrupt the regular course of daily life. Their primary responsibilities involve providing psychological first aid to individuals affected by the crisis, debriefings to responders, and management consultation. This work is extremely difficult as they often put in long hours and sometimes provide assistance to victims over an extended period of time. A crisis responder understands that this work is time-limited and that there will come a point when they will return to their own families and occupations.

20 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Tips for Corporate Travel Security

Many organizations require their employees to travel regularly, often to unfamiliar countries. That being said, it's important that these employees understand the basic rules that will keep them safe and secure during their corporate business trip. The following tips are common sense suggestions for travelling abroad. Hopefully you will find these suggestions helpful, and feel free to share them with other members of your organization.

13 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Reviewing Your Business Continuity Plan

The headlines make it clear, a crisis can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, as business operations accelerate to an ever-more frantic pace, preparing your organization for a crisis often takes a back seat. In fact, recent findings from an international business continuity program study indicate that many organizations have not invested a sufficient amount of time and/or resources in reviewing the effectiveness of their own crisis management plans.

5 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Employee Participation in Family Assistance

One of the questions an organization has to consider when creating a Family Assistance Plan is the level of involvement of their own employees. The question of whether or not to utilize employees is a complex one. On the one hand, many organizations feel strongly that they want their employees assisting family members as it very clearly demonstrates the organization’s commitment to people in need. Employees themselves often feel strongly about wanting to help in a critical situation.

23 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Psychological Effects of Disaster

A disaster affects every person differently, but more often than not, it will impact the lives of its survivors, sometimes temporarily and at others more permanently. Because its occurrence is so vastly outside of a victim’s normal range of experience, a traumatic event often gives no warning or very little time for someone to prepare. This results in an individual’s usual coping mechanisms to be insufficient, which can lead to psychological destabilization or even intense physical and psychological suffering. Common psychological reactions to trauma or a critical event include denial, time distortion, auditory or visual distortions, panic, helplessness, and difficulty returning to daily routines. Trauma has also been known to cause psychological responses such as hyperventilation, nausea, insomnia, nightmares, or outbursts of anger.