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Counselling and Psychological First Aid

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The following services are available on an ad-hoc basis for individuals or through a retained service agreement for organisations.

Counselling

We understand the demands that working in violent, repressive or high-stress environments can place on your mental health. Our highly-experienced counsellors can provide one-off or ongoing appointments for staff who feel that they would benefit from one-to-one support.

Open Briefing is a member of the Mental Health Innovation Network and our counsellors are accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and other relevant governing bodies. Open Briefing also holds medical malpractice insurance (treatment and professional indemnity).

Counselling can be provided on a private basis or as part of your organisation’s duty of care procedures; in either case, the sessions are kept confidential from your employer. Counselling is delivered remotely via encrypted video link or face-to-face in London.

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Psychological First Aid

First developed by the Wold Health Organization, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based framework for offering humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. PFA is endorsed by many international agencies as an effective way to support people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events.

Through one or more PFA sessions, our highly-experienced counsellors will provide you with information on common responses to difficult experiences and assess if you may require additional professional support. PFA is delivered remotely via encrypted video link or face-to-face in London.

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Psychological First Aid training

Open Briefing provides one-day Psychological First Aid training for wellbeing focal points, HR managers and others concerned with staff welfare or responding to critical incidents. Through practical examples and case studies, the PFA training will provide you with a model to implement effective support strategies for staff in the aftermath of a critical incident. By the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand the impact of stress.
  • Be aware of normal early reactions after a critical incident.
  • Have a framework for providing support.
  • Know when to refer on to specialised supported.
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Please contact us to discuss your needs.

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