Expert Presentations for Professional People.

These presentations are delivered by post-doctoral, BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologists who can provide specialist mental health education and training over and above that typical of mental health at work provision.

Please contact us to discuss your potential topic, required content and format preferences. Examples include: 

Understanding trauma and symptom recognition is vital for self-care and the timely seeking of support. This interactive session describes the neurophysiology of vicarious trauma (VT) and PTSD, and those factors that increase risk within the workplace. This provides foundation for discussing; the signs and symptoms of VT/PSTD, methods of self-care, what to do it if symptoms are experienced, and the principles behind professional trauma-support services.

Understanding vicarious trauma (VT)/PTSD and the workplace factors that increase risk is vital for anyone with managerial or duty of care responsibilities to those exposed to the trauma of others at work. This interactive session encourages the audience to consider: their role and responsibility in the assessment, understanding and reduction of risk factors; how to recognise a trauma-related concern; how to provide/signpost appropriate support; and how to reduce stigma and promote a supportive environment across the team/organisation.

This guided workshop provides a safe forum for honest discussion amongst those who manage and work within a vicarious trauma/PTSD high risk workplace. Attendees will be encouraged to consider good safeguarding practice, and to discuss how best to reduce/mitigate the risk and to promote work practices that support positive mental health. The aim is to produce a clearly defined action plan that supports the development, implementation and evaluation of good safeguarding practice.

This interactive session is of benefit to those who provide support to, or who need to develop a professional relationship with, those who have experienced trauma. It outlines the importance of understanding how the emotional climate that exists within a support relationship has consequence for the worker, the client, and the professionalism of the work completed. Attendees are encouraged to consider practices that promote awareness of their personal influence within the emotional climate, and how best to control these influencing factors for better professional practice and personal mental health.

This interactive session is of benefit to those whose work requires them to conduct interviews with individuals who have experienced trauma. It outlines how trauma and lingering traumatic stress influences the interview process, e.g., the individual’s ability to recall information, the likelihood of heightened stress, and encourages attendees to consider practices that help to overcome these factors.

Colleagues of those returning to work following a mental health problem often want to be supportive, but are unsure of how to be so. This interactive session forwards a more personal, day-to-day approach than those aspects covered by HR return to work procedures. It encourages attendees to give practical consideration as to what to say or do in keeping with their relationship with the colleague and role parameters. This session is particularly useful for demystifying concerns when mental health problems are considered as a protected characteristic.

Many face distressing situations in their working lives, but cultural and professional expectation requires them to remain in control of their own emotional experience whilst supporting and showing empathy to others. These outward displays may or may not be in accordance with their felt emotions, whilst time or space to acknowledge, reflect on, or deal with personal emotions is often limited: This has potential consequence for personal emotional wellbeing. This session introduces: ‘Emotional Labour’, the efforts taken to regulate emotions in an attempt to meet role/organisational expectations; the potential wellbeing outcomes of emotional labour; and initiates thoughts of how to better support personal needs.