Looking after your staff after traumatic incidents is both morally justified and, after work-related traumatic incidents, legally necessary. Additionally, it makes sound economic sense to avoid the loss of valuable personnel to the effects of psychological trauma.
What is TRiM?
Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) is a proactive, peer delivered, cognitively based human resource management initiative for supporting individuals following exposure to traumatic events. Its purpose is the early identification of the symptoms of stress. TRiM is not a treatment for stress, however, processing and talking about the event has a therapeutic advantage.
The emphasis of TRiM training is not about the medical management of stress or critical incident stress debriefing.
The course has been designed to allow participants to develop a response that contributes to a comprehensive management strategy and to rehearse the skills that may be useful in dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event.
To achieve this, the course progresses systematically through a number of discreet stages. These are :
- Understanding the background to and rationale for post-incident psychological management
- Understanding the basic psychological principles relating to traumatic stress
- Developing ways of understanding the range of psychological responses to traumatic incidents
- Planning a management strategy that will help those involved in traumatic events
- Providing education about traumatic stress and its’ management
- Interviewing and assessing groups and individuals using a structured format to identify those at heightened risk that they can be encouraged to seek proper help
- Supporting and advising organisational leaders/managers on the basis of proper psychological risk assessments
- Implementing the management strategy
TRiM training is generally delivered at different levels. Although the details of training may vary between training organisations, the general training is provided at Practitioner (foundation) level and Strategic Leaders (advanced) level.
At DNA TRiM, we have added an additional TRiM Organisational Awareness (introductory level), which has proven to be very popular.
Organisational Awareness Course
At the end of the Organisational Awareness course, delegates will be able to:
- Appreciate the efficacy of TRiM
- Understand why traumatic events need to be addressed by organisations
- Understand the nature of traumatic stress
- Identify the critical aspects of a traumatic event that have the greatest impact
- Identify risk factors and behaviour changes that may require a referral for medical assessment and possible subsequent specialist psychological treatment
- Develop a model of self-health
- Consider the benefits of TRiM Team Leader Training for their organisation
At the end of the Practitioner course, delegates will be able to:
- Understand the potential pitfalls in post-incident psychological management
- Decide when and if to intervene, using the most appropriate strategy and time frame, following a traumatic incident
- Be able to carry out post-incident TRiM assessment in groups and be able to conduct one-to-one TRiM assessments themselves (under the supervision of a Strategic Leader as required).
Strategic Leaders Course
At the end of the Strategic Leaders course, participants will be able to:
- Plan effective psychological site management
- Plan all aspects of a post-incident management strategy
- Carry out and lead trauma risk assessments using procedures learned during the course
- Know when and where to refer those who are at risk of developing psychological problems
- Have a substantial knowledge of the failings of previous models of traumatic stress management
- Be able to advise and support foundation level Practitioners