Psychological illnesses, disorders, strains, or injuries such as those listed below can, depending on the severity of the situation, decrease or even debilitate an employee’s capacity to perform optimally and to remain productive:
- Significant stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health strain and injury, which may have resulted from challenges at home or at work, abuse, bullying, discrimination, violence, critical incident, or feeling psychologically unsafe.
- Alcohol and substance dependency.
- Cognitive functioning impairment or deterioration due to stroke, heart attack, brain injury, aging, or other medical conditions.
- Difficulty adjusting to major life changes such as marital break-up, death of a spouse, major illness, job loss, or others.
- Psychological illnesses or disorders such as bipolar, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic or personality disorders, or other disorders.
As such, making early, adequate, and appropriate intervention/support readily accessible by employees who may be experiencing mental health difficulties is essential to their ability to remain resilient, productive, and well.
Some employees may also have complex, co-morbid, high trauma, severe mental health issues, or other specialized care needs. Such conditions can bring about severe and prolonged difficulties in a person’s home, social, and work life. Basic short term mental health support though one’s EFAP may not be adequate to help these employees properly address their conditions or difficulties. As a result, their condition can continue to deteriorate in spite of the fact that they might have gotten help. In such cases, specialized therapy and/or alternative treatments by clinicians with advanced or specialized training in the specific areas of concern may be required to properly support the employees’ recovery.
Types of specialized interventions and support that Insight can offer employees include:
Online SupportFor employees with difficulty attending face-to-face counselling sessions, online sessions can be facilitated through Insight’s real-time, secured online counselling system.
Group SupportIn addition to individual support and care, Insight also offers team/group intervention, counselling, psycho-educational, and support sessions. Group sessions allow employees to mutually support one another through their struggles, process through their difficulties, build resiliency and learn coping skills as well as explore additional support and resources where needed. For details on specific group support, click HERE. Contact Insight Psychological today to learn more.
Group Intervention for Workplace Concerns, Discontent, Conflicts, and DysfunctionsWe have supported many organizations that are experiencing concerns, conflicts, and dysfunctions among their employees. Key examples of difficulties that we have worked with include:
- Employees expressing discontentment with how things are going at work and this discontentment is beginning to affect morale, engagement, performance, and/or retention.
- Employees expressing concerns or filing complaints about bullying, harassment, discriminatory conducts at work, and/or lack of support for employees undergoing gender transition.
- Escalating and/or dysfunctional conflicts among specific employees/leaders or among groups of employees/leaders.
Group Sessions for Psychological and Substance Issues, Life Transition Difficulties, Grief and LossWe can provide group counselling or support sessions for employees experiencing difficulties associated with specific mental health concerns, substance dependency, major life changes, or grief and loss. Group sessions allow employees to mutually support one another through their struggles, process through their difficulties, build resiliency and learn coping skills as well as explore additional support and resources where needed. Areas more commonly covered in such a session include but not limited to the following:
- Specific mental health area (e.g. dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.)
- Personal and workplace relationship difficulties (e.g. communication challenges, power struggle, bullying, abuse, etc.)
- Grief and loss (e.g. death of a spouse, child, or co-worker, loss of employment, etc.)
- Major life changes and adjustment difficulties (e.g. post-partum difficulties, marital breakup, recovering from life threatening illness, etc.)
- Substance use recovery
- Parenting difficulties
- Severe depression
- Major depressive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Chronic pain
- Post concussion symptoms
- Fewer, weaker, or diminished symptoms associated with their psychological disorders or medical conditions
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus, concentrate, reason, and problem solve.
- May not have responded fully to conventional treatments (medication/therapy).
- May want an alternative treatment option or a combination of treatment options.
- Have had difficulty coping with some of the side effects of medication or do not wish to take medication.
- Traumatic brain injury (e.g. due to accidents)
- Heart Attack
- Severe illness
- Serious Medical Condition
- Specific Psychological Conditions
Critical/Traumatic Incident CareOur trauma and critical incident response team is made up of experienced trauma-informed psychologists, trauma specialists, and critical incident response specialists who can provide the following services on or off the worksite:
- Group debriefing and support within 24 to 72 hours after a traumatic incident
- Post-incident individual counselling and support
Critical Incident Stress Management TrainingInsight’s facilitators can provide a 2-day individual/group and a 3-day combined ICISF’s Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses. The courses will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress. Please contact us for course outlines and rates. Contact Insight Psychological today to learn more.
Types of mental health issue/case management support that Insight can offer organizational leaders include:
Insight can provide mental health issue or case consult to management personnel tasked with monitoring and managing employee concerns and cases involving substance-use concerns and/or mental health strain, injury, illness or leave.
The degree of case management support needed by each manager may be different depending on their experience in managing such concerns and cases. Service needed may range from consultation on how to support the employee throughout their mental health treatment period and/or on the necessary accommodations at work, to full case management where we will work with the employee on the manager’s behalf to coordinate their treatment activities or multi-disciplinary service consults (where applicable), make arrangements for in-patient treatments (where applicable), monitor their progress, help them prepare for return-to-work, and any other needed activities.
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Together with our partner, Veritas Solutions, Insight offers objective investigation and resolution of cases involving harassment and bullying. Such investigations are conducted by highly experienced and trained investigators. Workplace harassment and bullying investigations require a combination of experience, keen understanding of law, emotional intelligence and sensitivity to the nuances and human dynamics of the issues. Our investigators are highly experienced and have had training in trauma informed interviewing, conducting credibility assessments, and investigative analysis.
- Understand and analyze the scope and expected outcomes for our clients
- Ensure principles of natural justice and procedural best practices occur from the outset
- Conduct respectful, reasoned and considerate interviews of all parties (Complainant, Witness, Respondent)
- Collect and examine all corroborative evidence
- Conduct credibility assessments on persons interviewed
- Weigh all of the evidence and come to findings on the standard of proof : ‘balance of probabilities’
- Provide the client with any aggravating or mitigating factors that are discovered during the investigation
- Document and develop a comprehensive report
- Provide subject matter expertise to client from start to finish
- Legal Scrutiny
All investigations are conducted with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness as their foundation. The investigations conducted and managed by our Senior Associate and Lead Investigator, Bob Stenhouse, have been tested and withstood scrutiny by arbitrators, ombudsman, Public Interest and Disclosure Commissioner (PIDA) civil and criminal courts.
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When an employee is currently on leave or have requested to go on leave or have difficulty working due to mental health strain/injury and mental illness or substance/alcohol dependency, there is a need to ensure that they get the support and accommodation they need to successfully return to work and/or remain at work.
In many cases, an employee who is on leave due to medical issues or accidents also experience cognitive and mental health difficulties that require support and accommodation in order that they can successfully return to work and remain at work.
Insight’s therapists can provide a fit-to-remain-working or readiness-to-return-to-work assessments to determine:
- the types and extent of mental health injury, psychological effects, and/or cognitive impairment experienced by the employee,
- how the injury, psychological effect or cognitive impairment might affect the employee’s fitness to remain working or readiness to return to work,
- the type of work accommodations that may be needed to ease the employee’s return to work or continuation of work,
- the treatment and support that may be needed to help the employee’s continued recovery, resiliency building, and performance restoration
Our therapists can also provide one-on-one therapy and support to the employee in dealing with their mental health injury, psychological effects, and/or cognitive impairment so that they can be more ready and able to return to work. For employees with difficulty attending face-to-face therapy sessions, sessions can be facilitated through our secured online counselling (real-time, secured video conferencing).
If an employee is off on mental health leave, completing a proper RTW assessment as well as ensuring proper support and accommodation at the early stage of the employee’s time off work can likely help to improve their situation and reduce the duration and/or frequency of time off from work.
Once an employee has returned to work from being on leave due to mental health strain/injury and mental illness or substance/alcohol dependency, it does not necessary mean that they have fully recovered and their issues are resolved. In most cases, continued counselling and/or treatment is needed not only to ensure progress in recovery and rebuilding but also to prevent relapse or deterioration. Our therapists and addictions specialists can provide the care and support the employee recovery journey.
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