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1 Job-loss Grief Recovery From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Workforce Reduction Pre-conference Workshop Careers Conference 2010 Madison, WI Monday, January 25th Michael E. Hall, PhD Presenter

2 Job-loss Grief Recovery “Grief is an intense set of emotional reactions in response to a real, imagined, or anticipated loss.” ~ L. Schupp, 2004

3 Job-loss Grief Recovery Grief vs. Trauma: Distinguishing Features Grief— focus a. focus on “what” or “who” loss; b. actively searches for reminders; c. presence of separation distress over. Trauma— fixation a. fixation on “how” loss occurred; b. avoids reminders; c. hyper-vigilance—alert for similar threat.

4 Job-loss Grief Recovery Recovery is… a reemergence of ordinary levels of personal, social, and vocational functioning. ~ M.E. Hall

5 Job-loss Grief Recovery The “Victim” Mode Life orientation: present tense Identity: defined by “trauma” Functioning: poor (minimal) Intervention: 1. Safety, 2. Stabilization, 3. Support Contra-indicator: “Flooding”

6 Job-loss Grief Recovery The “Survivor” Mode Life orientation: past tense Identity: coping w/ crisis residuals Functioning: good (moderate) Intervention: 1. Symptom mngmnt, 2. deSensitize triggers, 3. belief Systems, Contra-indicator: “Flashbacks”

7 Job-loss Grief Recovery Demonstration: “The Trauma Puzzle” “What do you see?” “What do you hear?” “What do you smell?” “What do you feel/sense?” “What do you taste?” *Bradley, p. 29

8 Application Analysis of Case Vignettes

9 What’s Next?? Workshop Sequel Counseling The “Left Behind” Workers Who Remain After Workforce Reduction

10 Job-loss Grief Recovery From “Victim” to “Survivor of Workforce Reduction Thank You! Michael E. Hall, PhD Counseling & Consulting Services Charlotte, NC ~Board-certified Career Management Fellow Phone:


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