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Eighty per cent of people at some point in their life, either at work or outside of work, will have a traumatic experience,’ says psychologist Dr. Gordon Davidson

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The Vernon Morning Star, June, 2023
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New Brunswick Business Journal

Staff who live through workplace trauma shouldn’t capitulate to fears, expert says

Published Saturday November 21st, 2009
STEVE MACNAULL
THE CANADIAN PRESS  

A store clerk is tied up and robbed at gunpoint.

A truck driver causes a horrific fatal crash.

A worker is assaulted or raped by a co-worker.

An employee finds their boss or fellow employee murdered or dead from suicide.

These workplace traumas can have a profound impact, potentially leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Eighty per cent of people at some point in their life, either at work or outside of work, will have a traumatic experience,” explains psychologist Dr. Gordon Davidson.

While most individuals can recover from a trauma with or without professional help, around 15% may develop PTSD, experiencing phobias, flashbacks, nightmares, emotional numbness, insomnia, and irritability.

Acknowledging the importance of not succumbing to fears, Dr. Davidson emphasizes that individuals need support along the way. He has conducted debriefings in workplaces, helping employees understand their emotions, overcome fear, and facilitate their return to work and normal life.

For those who struggle to move past the trauma within three months, Dr. Davidson offers specialized one-on-one return-to-work programs that have proven effective. Furthermore, he is establishing a post-traumatic stress disorder support group to provide a sense of community and reassurance that recovery is possible.

Remember, you are not alone, and with the right support, healing and resilience can be achieved.

Staff who live through workplace trauma shouldn’t capitulate to fears, expert says
Steve MacNaull
THE CANADIAN PRESS Nov 2009

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Understanding Employee Stress Leaves
Okanagan Health & Wellness Magazine   October,2013
Vernon Chamber of Commerce newsletter   Nov 2013

Stress Leave can result in some workers feel guilty
and stigmatized, while workmates and others can be
left feeling suspicious.


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Dr. De Blois’ Equine therapy for PTSD

Vernon Morning Star, April 14, 2014

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