Taking trauma related work home - advice for reducing the likelihood of secondary trauma

Noreen Tehrani, Tracey Colville, Janet Fraser, Gavin Breslin, Benna Waites, Gail Kinman, Steve Reeves, Kate Richardson, Ian Hesketh, Richard Wortley, Christine Grant, Richard Kwiatowski, Catherine Steele, Louise Thomson, Rachel Tribe, BPS Covid-19 Working Differently Group

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Abstract

Exposure to distressing material – such as traumatising conversations, images and written or auditory testimony – occurs in the work of many people. However the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in this type of work being undertaken in the home.

This guidance document recommends a step by step approach for organisations whose employees are at risk of vicarious trauma while working from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This is based on the following 5 Rs:

1. Recognise
2. Review
3. Respond
4. Refresh
5. Respect

Using the 5 Rs will help employers to fulfil their duty of care, enabling them to recognise, review and respond to risks for individual employees, make changes or improvements, and ensure that respect underpins their response.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBPS Covid guidance document
PublisherBritish Psychological Society
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationLeicester
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameCoronavirus Resources

Keywords

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Disaster and Trauma Psychology

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    Tehrani, N., Colville, T., Fraser, J., Breslin, G., Waites, B., Kinman, G., Reeves, S., Richardson, K., Hesketh, I., Wortley, R., Grant, C., Kwiatowski, R., Steele, C., Thomson, L., Tribe, R., & BPS Covid-19 Working Differently Group (2020, Jun 10). Taking trauma related work home - advice for reducing the likelihood of secondary trauma. British Psychological Society.