PTSD Resolution

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2012


trauma treatment for ex-armed forces personnel with an 83 per cent success rate
PTSD Resolution provides free counselling to help former armed forces personnel to resolve the trauma resulting from operational stress. The UK charity (No. 1133188) is successful in more than eight out of ten cases in helping veterans, TA and reservists to relieve trauma and related problems resulting from military service, and ease their reintegration into a normal work and family life.
The PTSD Resolution national outreach programme has over 200 therapists. Counselling is free, confidential and provided on a local basis. With private one-to-one support, there are no waiting lists and a referral is not needed, therefore reducing any risk of stigma or alienation. Therapy is brief and effective – with results achieved generally within just three to five one-hour sessions.
The charity is run on a very ‘lean’ management principles: there are no salaried staff or fixed assets, and all funds are used for the treatment programme, to as wide a group as possible nationally of those suffering from trauma.
PTSD Resolution also now offers employers TATE - Trauma Awareness Training for Employers - to support the successful integration of veterans and return of TA in the workplace. The half-day modular courses enable line managers and HR staff
The PTSD Resolution TATE programme deals with the key issues for managers and enables them to:- • Recognise post-traumatic symptoms and PTSD
• Understand the effects of trauma on human behaviour
• Engage with traumatised people to explore practical options
• Identify a clear route to resolving workplace difficulties caused by trauma
The next course is in London, 29 November 2012. Click here for details.
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Piers Bishop, Director of Therapy, at a training session for employers of ex-armed forces staff.

Resolution therapists are trained in Human Givens Therapy (HGT), which includes a form of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT) consistent with the guidelines of the National
Patients are not required to talk about the traumatic events. The programme policy is that re-exposure is better done in the client’s visual imagination and while in a relaxed state, protecting confidentiality and reducing distress.
The Resolution network was launched in February 2010, by Colonel Tony Gauvain (retired), who is a qualified therapist and chairman of the charity, with Piers Bishop, experienced in delivering therapy and training employers in industry.
The launch of Resolution followed a three-year pilot programme, which included a project with the Falklands Veterans Foundation that helped ex-services personnel recover from symptoms which had lasted 25 years in some cases.
The programme has an 83 per cent success rate across the population of more than 250 UK veterans treated to date. This is similar to the recovery rate in a recent study of 599 stress-related cases from the general population who were treated using HGT: over 70 per cent reached a significant and sustained improvement after an average of 3.6 treatment sessions.
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Counselling is complementary to the work of other armed forces charities, because it can resolve the immediate mental health issues that may be barriers to successful help under reintegration and resettlement programmes.
Therapists work in prisons, and there is an active programme of engagement with the prison service nationally. The patron of the charity is Lord Ramsbotham, former Inspector of Prisons. There are an estimated 8,500 veterans in prison with 3,000 on parole. NAPO estimates that
Resolution provides a service that is absent from the national provision for veterans’ mental health, it says; of those veterans that access treatment through other channels, research suggests that the majority approach their GP and just receive medication, without dealing with the trauma and its resolution. One study of vulnerable veterans found that only 4 per cent of those seeking treatment had been offered evidence-based therapeutic help.
Introduction to Trauma Awareness Training for Employers.

Resolution has started a major appeal for donations and new funding to ensure that it can continue to provide treatment to former armed forces personnel, as no Government support is received.
The cost of a course of treatment – which is provided free of charge - is £500 on average, which represents excellent value for money, according to Tony Gauvain, compared to the long term cost of care and support that might otherwise need to be provided over a lifetime. This is in addition to the price paid on a personal basis, which can include issues of addiction, job loss and family breakdown.
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