Research in the early to mid 1990s recognised that exposure to the trauma of others has a psychological impact on those providing services.
The terms ‘secondary traumatic stress’, ‘compassion fatigue’ and ‘vicarious trauma’ emerged to describe the emotional impact of working with vulnerable individuals. By the mid 2000s, it was internationally acknowledged through research that employees who work with victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and child exploitation are at risk of developing psychological injuries. Further, it became clear that the employer has a legal and moral obligation to take a proactive approach to mitigate the risk.
The evidence suggests that there are several person-related attributes that provide some protection against psychological injury. Stable personality characteristics, capacity to effectively regulate emotions, strong support networks, ability to retain cognitive focus and capacity to manage past trauma are crucial aspects.
PsychCheck are very aware that mental health issues are very normal in society and do not seek to discriminate against anyone with a mental health condition. Many people have previously encountered and successfully overcome mental health challenges. Others may be undertaking treatment for current conditions with symptoms well under control. However, current untreated or serious mental health conditions and symptoms may present vulnerability for the applicant for an exacerbation of adverse mental health symptoms while working in challenging roles.
PsychCheck uses Psychometric assessment reviewed by a Psychologist to make recommendations on suitability. Ideally (although not necessarily in all cases) this would be combined with a structured 1 to 1 clinical / forensic interview.
If you need us to provide candidate assessment or any of our other Psychological services, then contact us at PsychCheck today.
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