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Handling Traumatic Events Guide

Federal Civilian Life

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WAEPA’s Handling Traumatic Events Guide serves as a resource to help Civilian Feds navigate natural disasters, suicide, assault, threats, and long-term stress that may occur during their Federal career. Traumatic events can occur both in and out of the workplace, so it’s good to be prepared. This practical advice provides personal guidance if you aren’t sure where to turn during one of the listed events. Take the time to familiarize yourself with what your training office, organizational development specialist, Employee Assistance Program, and career counselor can provide.

What You’ll Find in This Guide

  • How to Stop Traumatic Events Before They Start
  • What to Do When Tragedy Strikes
  • What to Do When Domestic Violence Strikes
  • How to Help Someone Recover from Assault on the Job
  • Recovering from the Death of a Team Member
  • Addressing Suicidal Concerns
  • How to Listen to Someone Who is Hurting
  • Tips for Coping with Extreme Stress