When Trauma Survivors Return to Work: Understanding Emotional Recovery explains how managers and co-workers can learn to foster the process of emotional recovery for traumatized employees returning to the workplace.
No other resource teaches managers and co-workers how to treat fellow co-workers returning to the workplace after experiencing a violent accident, rape, a burglary, or armed robbery. Or what to say to those who have just been told they have a terminal illness. Or how to treat an employee whose close family member has committed suicide. It is not helpful for co-workers to deny such traumatic events or remain silent, which is what happens. Or for managers to avoid directly communicating with traumatized employees. Is there a short and simple way to teach managers and co-workers how to be truly helpful to such wounded people? The answer is Dr. Barski-Carrow’s illuminating, example-filled book, When Trauma Survivors Return to Work: Understanding Emotional Recovery.
PART I. UNDERSTANDING THE TRAUMATIC LIFE EXPERIENCE (TLE)
Why I Wrote This Book
What is a Traumatic Life Experience (TLE)?
What Is It Like to Be a Returning TLE Employee?
What Can Managers Do?
What To Tell Co-Workers?
What Does Psychology Tell Us About Trauma?
What Can an Employee Assistance Program Do?
PART II. TAKING PRACTICAL STEPS
What is a Dialogue Circle?
How to Set Up a Dialogue Circle?
Putting Out a Welcome Mat: The First Dialogue Circle
Lending a Listening Ear: The Second Dialogue Circle
Offering a Helping Hand: The Third Dialogue Circle
PART III. SOME SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
When an Entire Group Is Traumatized
What Challenges Does a Facilitator Face?
Helping Yourself after a Traumatic Life Experience
How Does an Employee’s Trauma Affect His Children?
Dealing with traumatized people returning to work is a major problem. Barski-Carrow has hit on an issue that is relevant in today’s society.
She has provided both co-workers and managers, an easily understandable format—a helpful and caring way of dealing with people returning to the workplace after a trauma.
— Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
This is a must read for employee’s re-entering the workplace after a trauma. If you want an enlightened guide for post-trauma healing and recovery—this is it!!
— April Ryan, White House Correspondent-American Urban Radio Networks, CNN Analyst; Author, The Presidency in Black & White and At Mama’s Knee
About the Author
Dr. Barski-Carrow’s work focuses on relationships in the workplace. She brings to this issue more than 30 years experience in a variety of management, administrative and technical positions in the government, public and private sector. Her research, presentations, workshops, conferences and publications of popular and professional articles have earned her international acclaim. She was featured in a Wall Street Journal Article relating to workplace issues in 2003.
Her roots are from Northeastern Pennsylvania. She relocated to Washington, D.C., and built her career in the Department of Energy and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Her specialty was building healthy relationships in the workplace.
At HHS she became the Acting Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Office of the Secretary. In this position she created, designed and implemented the award-winning Sexual Harassment Program, training over 1,200 employees in the headquarters and regional offices.
She served on the faculty of the Northern Virginia Community College, Mr. Vernon College in Washington, D.C. She has been affiliated with The Women’s Center, Vienna Virginia, Department of Defense & the William Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, Washington, D.C., and has given workshops at the Jungian Society in Washington, D. C.
She resides in Milton, Delaware and is associated with the Cancer Consortium of Delaware, the Rehoboth Art League, the Coastal Camera Club, Member of the Fund for Women (Delaware Community Foundation) and is President of Carrow Associates.