Clear Thinking About Partner Abuse

Partner abuse can be a ”muddy” issue for the two people directly involved, concerned friends and relatives, and even helping professionals. What defines an abusive relationship? What differentiates it from an up-and-down, stormy or just plain bad relationship? And, if someone feels abused or threatened by their romantic partner, how do they decide whether to…

Traumatic Stress in the Workplace: How Managers and Supervisors Can Help

Traumatic events are so identified as being outside the range of normal experience and presenting some (real or perceived) threat to one’s safety or sense of self.  Some examples include bad accidents or injuries, sudden deaths, acts of interpersonal violence, and natural disasters.  Vicarious traumatization refers to how witnesses, bystanders and people who know the…

Helping Guidelines for Managers and Supervisors

Remain primarily focused on work performance and conduct. Without probing for details, acknowledge that personal issues can affect an employee at work. When it seems appropriate, refer to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Let employees know that the EAP can help them personal and job-related concerns in a safe, confidential setting. Do not protect the…

Emotional Recovery Information and Guidelines

Get professional help. Find a therapist who understands trauma and dysfunctional family issues. Consult with a psychiatrist about managing severe or persistent symptoms including: insomnia; depression; anxiety or panic; or dissociation (feeling numb, disconnected from oneself; gaps in memory; episodes of regression). If you feel suicidal or otherwise unable to keep yourself safe, you can…

Healthy Lifestyle Motivation Inventory

This inventory can help you think more broadly about your motivations for developing and maintaining certain healthy lifestyle changes. Rate each item according to the strength of its motivation for you, using the five-point scale below. 1                   2                  …

Creating a Healthy Family Environment

The adults set the tone in terms of everyone being treated with love and respect. The needs of the children come first, though it is important for the adults to also take care of themselves and each other. Children who are showing signs of distress with their emotions or behavior should get prompt medical and…