Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, domestic violence, school violence, and sexual assault are among the most widely recognized causes of trauma, but trauma can also result from exposure to, or even one’s direct experience to the tragedies of daily life—such as the sudden loss of coworkers. Most people experience one or more such events in their lifetime.
Trauma Counseling seeks to explore your emotional and physical reactions to the event. It seeks to find ways of helping you to process what has happened to you, and to help you cope with any reactions that you may be having, so that the trauma moves from being a current problem, to a memory.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), primary provider of the Trauma Counseling Benefit, is making it possible for PEF MBP to extend this free trauma counseling benefit to PEF members—to provide help and healing, whenever needed, wherever a member may be.
Trauma Counseling is a confidential, measurement-based program empowering recovery after every day and workplace incidents. Whether it’s an infectious disease, a natural disaster, an assault, or a secondary trauma, PEF MBP wants PEF members to have the resources they need for recovery.
To be eligible to participate in this benefit at no cost, you must be an active, dues-paying PEF member who is actively working or on leave status. Eligible members receive up to three months of counseling. Trauma counseling sessions are conducted with highly trained therapists via video, phone, or text after a covered incident, and all sessions are completely private.
To receive this free benefit, active, dues-paying PEF members may inquire about eligibility for trauma counseling for up to one year after one of the following incidents:
|Aggravated assault||Bullied, harassed, or threatened|
|Domestic violence||Traumatized by witnessing a violent incident|
|Sexual assault||Infection by contagious disease|
|Mass shootings||Secondary trauma*|
|Acts of terror|
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Incident-based trauma counseling from a licensed Master’s level or higher skilled therapist.
The trauma counseling benefit delivers evidence-based, measurable, clinical outcomes that make a real difference in the lives of members.
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To Inquire About Eligibility for Counseling
Before submitting your Inquiry Form to determine if you are eligible to receive Trauma Counseling, please verify the following:
• The incident occurred within the past year,
• It’s a covered incident,
• And you’re an active, dues-paying member of PEF.