Trauma awareness and war veterans

Trauma awareness programmes are helping war veterans successfully integrate into the workplace. UK military veteran's charity Resolution provides the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) courses, which includes Human Givens (HG) therapy and enables bosses to recognise symptoms of trauma and understand how it might affect the behaviour of staff members.

A total of 266 former armed forces members have been treated to date by the Resolution network - and the programme has an 83 per cent success rate.

Colonel Gauvain, Chairman of PTSD Resolution, said: "Trauma ... can result in depression and behavioural problems for employees. Left untreated, the condition may cause avoidable accidents, extended sick-leave and dismissal."

The effectiveness of HG therapy for war veterans was looked at by Piers Bishop of Nottingham Trent University and Barbara O'Callaghan of the University of Nottingham in 2010, with the findings presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference of that year.

In this study, it was shown that HG therapy is effective in treating trauma in war veterans, while also proving successful with regard to multiple trauma treatment and chronic PTSD.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, Chartered Psychologist, comments:

"Whilst Human Givens Therapy is not NICE approved, Bishop and O'Callaghan's evaluation, presented at the 2010 BPS Annual Conference, is, at least, a step in the right direction. We now await the results of large RCTs to confirm the effectiveness or otherwise of this type of therapy

In the mean time, trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, the two NICE-approved treatments, remain the psychological treatments of choice for trauma related problems in military personnel and veterans."

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