EMPLOYMENT RELATED TRAUMA RECOVERY PROGRAM
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on a person’s health and quality of life. This disorder can stem from direct exposure to, or the witnessing of, a wide variety of traumatic events including work-related incidents such as industrial accidents, motor vehicle accidents, or assaults. The person’s family can also be significantly affected.
HOW CAN THE PROGRAM HELP?
Toowong Private Hospital's PTSD Day Treatment Program is based on
traditional Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles. CBT is centred on
helping people to change the way they think (the cognitive) and the way they act
(the behaviour). This approach has shown the best outcomes in treatment of
post-traumatic stress. The key issues targeted include:
- relating to others
- anger management
- depression management
- the future and work
- relapse prevention strategies
- physical therapy.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The primary treatment includes group and individual sessions. Participants are
required to attend three sessions per week for four weeks, then one day per
fortnight for six weeks.
On completion of the primary treatment sessions, a one-day follow-up session
is provided at six and twelve months to reinforce the skills and strategies learnt,
to enhance recovery and prevent relapse.
ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM
To participate in the program, a person must first be referred for entry by their treating medical practitioner and in agreement with their insurer (or Workers' Compensation provider). A comprehensive assessment is then performed by program staff to determine the person’s suitability to undertake the program, including the person’s willingness and capacity to participate. Following the assessment, a recommendation is forwarded to the insurer seeking approval for the person to join the program.