A Roadmap of Trauma and Critical Incident Care from author and trauma specialist Fiona Dunkley.
Humanitarian aid workers are trying to make a difference in an increasingly dangerous world. Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers: A Roadmap of Trauma and Critical Incident Care highlights the risks of such work, educates professionals responsible for their duty of care, and brings together current thinking to promote collaborative working to support the carers of our world.
From the humanitarian aid worker trying to organise support amongst chaos, to the professional offering a safe place for recovery, all of these individuals are at risk of suffering trauma, burnout or cumulative stress. Therefore, it is vital that we recognise the psychological risks on these individuals, and that they recognise how they can support themselves, so they can continue to function in the work that they do. This book can be used as a trauma and mental health awareness guide for all staff whose work exposes them – directly or indirectly – to trauma, and therefore becomes a risk to their physical or mental wellbeing.
Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers will appeal to all those working in the field of humanitarian aid, counsellors and psychotherapists, emergency first responders, as well as those who are looking to support themselves after surviving trauma.
Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive, VSO International commented "Raising standards in psychosocial support for those working on humanitarian response to crises and disaster is only just being recognised by those organisations working in the field. This book is an essential and timely contribution to understanding the need for such support as well as providing a practical guide to establishing systems and approaches. I would urge all those responsible for humanitarian aid workers and indeed, for those responsible for staff or volunteers working in development organisations, to read this book as a matter of urgency and to take on board its recommendations" .
The book covers topics including the roadmap of psychological risk, the physiology of trauma, treating trauma, the resilience toolkit and provides real self-help tools for anyone working in trauma support or wanting to learn more about easing the effects of burnout.
Fiona Dunkley commented, “think of this book as a workshop on trauma awareness in the palm of your hand. My passion is to help care for those that care for others and if this book can provide that support then I have achieved my goal.”
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About Fiona Dunkley
Fiona Dunkley is a BACP senior accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, is also a member of EMDR, UKRCP and ESTSS. Fiona founded FD Consultants, offering psychosocial support and trauma specialist services for humanitarian aid organisations. Fiona worked within the NHS, with emergency first responders and was the lead counsellor at Transport for London. She helped develop a critical incident plan after the 7/7 bombings. She has presented on ‘Good Morning Britain’ as a trauma expert, has published several articles and has been asked to speak at various international conferences.