Treatment for Emergency Service Workers

This program offers individual treatment for current and former emergency service workers including Firefighters, Paramedics and Military personnel who are experiencing ongoing distress related to traumatic events experienced during their careers. While the program focuses primarily on posttraumatic stress reactions, it also includes information about dealing with organisational stress and other common difficulties that can arise following exposure to multiple traumas, including depression, substance abuse, panic, anger, and guilt.

As with our other treatment programs, the emergency service workers program is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and on the best available evidence from scientific and clinical trials. International studies have shown that CBT is the most effective treatments available for PTSD and related difficulties. The aim of this study is to examine new ways of enhancing existing CBT treatments and of tailoring them to emergency service workers who have been exposed to multiple traumas and organisational stresses.

The government funds the Clinic with research grants in order to investigate treatments for posttraumatic stress and grief. This enables us to provide a free, specialist service.

Treatment involves 12 weekly sessions, each lasting approximately 1 ½ hours - 2 hours.