Treatment for Journalists with Posttraumatic Stress
We know that news professionals are exposed to all sorts of stress. Apart from the challenges of covering events like war, disaster, and other crises, these can be compounded by editorial pressures and a changing job market. Posttraumatic stress often involves anxiety about memories that people have about traumatic events, and these may include nightmares, bad images of what happened, trouble sleeping, anger, and difficulty concentrating.
Much work has been done over many years to develop and test the best ways to treat posttraumatic stress. The best approach we have is a psychological method rather than medication. It basically teaches people strategies to overcome the distress of the memories, and to understand the experience differently. Given the specific nature of stress experienced by journalists and other new professionals, we have worked with the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma to adapt this state-of-the-art approach so that it meets the needs of those working in journalism.
This program is designed for current and former journalists who are experiencing ongoing distress related to traumatic events. The Traumatic Stress Clinic at the University of New South Wales, is one of the leading international treatment research centres in posttraumatic stress. We are funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct treatment trials into various posttraumatic stress conditions, and so we are studying what is the best way to deliver this program. Accordingly, the program involves eight sessions that will either be delivered by a clinical psychologist or through a self-help manual that you can implement in your own time.
The program is:
IF YOU THINK YOU COULD BE HELPED BY THIS PROGRAM:
Contact the Traumatic Stress Clinic (see details below), and a telephone interview will be arranged. You will be asked some questions about your trauma exposure and the problems you are seeking help for. This interview should take approximately 15 minutes. If we think this program is right for you, we will proceed with a full assessment and then commence the program.
The treatments are not suitable for those who are currently suicidal.
If you would like to refer yourself for treatment please contact us on:
Tel: +61 2 8627 3314
If you would like more information you may also wish to listen to a recent feature Treating PTSD in Journalists produced by Media Report featuring our clinic director Professor Richard Bryant.