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KRTS Power to Recover® workplace trauma solutions help any organisation, large or small, to strategically prepare for and respond to workplace trauma.

 

Many organisations feel out of their depth when it comes to managing psychological trauma. It is a highly specialised area but this doesn’t mean that people should feel confused about what to do or why they should take an action. Our guiding principle is to demystify, simplify and appropriately educate, developing a collaborative partnership with our customers and assisting them in crucial policy making decisions.

Organisations may be faced with the need to proactively plan their response mechanisms for potential situations, the need to train managers and other employees or the need to facilitate the psychological recovery of their employees, ensuring they return to work in a safe, effective way.

 

KRTS Power to Recover® offers solutions in each of these 3 key areas of need.

 

Knowledge is power. This principle of empowerment is fundamental to our work. As industry experts, our in-depth knowledge and understanding of psychological trauma combined with our pragmatic, practical approach, means we are able to create and provide cost effective solutions to meet the human, legal and practical implications of workplace trauma.

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Our Story

The Directors of KRTS International developed KRTS Power to Recover® based on their many years’ experience of working with clients and high risk companies. It was a long road of research and testing to create an effective system of both proactive and reactive trauma support that was effective and accessible.

 

In our years of practice and delivering services and consultancy, we became aware of various issues that were consistently being raised by both employers and individuals:”

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There was a stigma around accessing therapy that meant many people would not access support

A lack of qualified trauma therapists meant people were waiting a long time to access support

Employees could be off work on sickness absence for several weeks before receiving support

Individuals were in counselling for a long time, with the organisation not being aware of what was going on

Managers were feeling disempowered and frustrated

There was massive inconsistency in the general standard of interventions

When individuals did receive support they were not receiving vital Psycho-education

If Psycho-education was provided the standard varied dramatically

There were inconsistent guidelines for employers on what to do and when.

Our Goal

Our goal was to create an empowering approach that solved the problems for the individual and the organisation.

We wanted to ensure that the right intervention was provided for the right person at the right time, by the appropriate individual, allowing the company to target their resources effectively.

The results were the KRTS Power to Recover® pre-incident training courses and the e-health programme with specialist coaching support.”

“We are really proud to be making a difference and filling a much needed gap.”

Our Team

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Cath Kerr (CPsychol)

MSc, MBACP (Snr. Accred), EMDR Europe Approved Consultant

Cath is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, a senior accredited BACP integrative psychotherapist and an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant.

 

She has many years’ experience of working with clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and acute trauma reactions including those following road traffic collisions, serious assaults, accidents and child sexual abuse.

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Cath has completed her Masters degree in Psychological Trauma and has worked in a variety of settings such as community colleges, women’s refuges, and the private sector. She has also been in private practice and understands the different demands on therapists depending on their work setting. Cath worked for several years in the voluntary sector as the manager of a nationally recognised Listening and Counselling organisation. She was instrumental in the organisation being the first in its area to achieve service accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Cath was involved with local NHS Primary Care Groups to help provide early preventative measures in response to mental health issues and contributed to the creation and review of policies and procedures to ensure professional working practices.

As well as co-authoring a book on EMDR, she has completed a major research project exploring EMDR trained therapists’ reflections on the reasons why they have not integrated EMDR practice into their therapeutic work with traumatized clients. Cath is a member of the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Qualification Reference Group.

Dr Liz Royle is an international author and speaker with clinical experience of working across the full range of psychological trauma – be that responding to traumatic incidents or working therapeutically with PTSD and historical trauma.

 

She is an accredited BACP psychotherapist and EMDR Europe Approved Consultant and was the lead person for the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies ESTSS Managing Trauma in the Uniformed Services task force for 8 years.

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She is a founder member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and has substantial experience of the strategic management of trauma and proactive interventions for high risk organisations. Her professional experience of trauma was cemented during her time as Senior Welfare Officer for Greater Manchester Police providing psychotherapy and 24/7 critical incident interventions to police officers. In that role, she was the specialist liaison for Gold Control, firearms, Child Protection, Witness Protection Officers and the Major Armed Control Unit. She developed post-incident procedures for major incidents in the police service and managed responses to major incidents such as line of duty deaths and multiple fatalities.

Since leaving the police service in 2004, she took her skills and knowledge into the private, corporate and voluntary sectors. Dr Liz Royle has written Trauma Support policies for City Councils, Police Forces and security companies and provided strategic and crisis response support to organizations affected by the 7/7 bombings, the 2004 Tsunami and groups affected by disaster, deaths and accidents.

 

She co-created the early intervention programme Power to Recover® and now works as a consultant to organisations that need to manage their response to traumatic events.

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Dr Liz Royle

PhD, MA, EMDR Europe Approved Consultant, MBACP (Accred)
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Michaela J Loughney

Business Development Manager

Michaela is a principal practitioner member of the Association of Business Psychologists and for over twenty five years has delivered bespoke programmes in strategic management including organisation and personal resilience, leadership development, business continuity and wellbeing. She is the author / designer of numerous training programmes and materials within these areas.

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Her best practice endeavours have regularly taken her to the USA to meet experts in disaster recovery, business continuity and crisis management in both business and academic fields. She was invited to New York after 9/11 to examine best practice in disaster recovery and human resilience from the US government agency who worked directly with businesses immediately after the World Trade Centre Terrorist attack. The learning from this project was developed into practical information for coaching and mentoring businesses in Merseyside.

Michaela’s partnership approach to clients helps achieve best possible outcomes and she is passionate about always adding value to the organisations and people she works with.

In her spare time Michaela is a regular guest on BBC Radio Merseyside. She is currently ready to publish her own book on the theme of developing personal resilience.

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POWER TO RECOVER: A Complete Guide to Managing Psychological Trauma at Work
By Liz Royle and Catherine Kerr

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INTEGRATING EMDR INTO YOUR PRACTICE
By Liz Royle and Catherine Kerr

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“PEOPLE LIKE ME DON’T GET MENTALLY ILL: Social Identity Theory, EMDR and the Uniformed Services”
By Liz Royle

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“POLICE FIREARMS OFFICERS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA: THEIR PERCEPTION OF TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES”
By Liz Royle

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“THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY”
By Colin Feltham, Terry Hanley and Laura Anne Winter

Our Publications

As well as our books, some of our international presentations and publications include:

Royle, L. (2015) Mental health help-seeking amongst police officers with a military background: A theoretical model based on social identity, A presentation at the ESTSS XIV conference “Trauma in changing societies: Social context and clinical practice” in Vilnius, Lithuania

Kerr, C. & Royle, L. (2014) EMDR: Addressing blocks to integration. A pre-conference workshop at the 2014 EMDR Europe Conference in Edinburgh

PODCAST (2014) Dr Liz Royle talks about her work with the uniformed services including her research on stigma: http://www.vivavocepodcasts.com/#!stigma/cwzh

Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2013) Managing critical incidents in schools. A workshop presented at the International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology, Antalya, Turkey

Walsh, Y., Dillon, S., Frankland, A., Kerr, C., Larsson, P., Nicholas, H. and Sugg, M. (2013) Working relationally with trauma: A discussion. British Psychological Society, Leicester. (Edited by Professor Pam James and Dr Peter Martin)

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Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2012) From the general to the specific – selecting the target memory. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 6 (3): 101-109

Royle, L. (2011) Working creatively to promote resilience in the uniformed services. A symposium session at the European Conference on Traumatic Stress in Vienna, Austria

Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2010) Integrating EMDR theory into your practice. New York: Springer

Kerr, C. & Royle, L. (2010) Are EMDR therapists at greater risk of secondary trauma? A symposium session at the national EMDR UK and Ireland conference in Dublin

Royle, L., Keenan, P. & Farrell, D. (2009) First Responder Stigma. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health 11(2): 80-86

Royle, L. (2009) Secondary Trauma in Mental Health Professionals. A workshop at the inaugural conference of the UK Psychological Trauma Society in Edinburgh

Royle, L. (2009) The ESTSS Task Force for Managing Trauma in the Uniformed Services: Interim report on a European survey into interventions. A poster presentation at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation World Congress in Baltimore, United States

Royle, L. (2008) EMDR as a therapeutic treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): A case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research Vol. 2(3): 226-232 and poster presentation by Liz Royle at the 2008 EMDR Europe Conference, London

Keenan, P & Royle, L (2008) Vicarious Trauma and First Responders: A case study utilising Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as the primary treatment modality. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 9(4). pp. 291-298

Royle, L. (2006) Are we getting sick of caring? Therapy Today. Vol. 17(6): 25 – 28

Royle, L. (2003) An exploration of the perceptions of police firearms officers to traumatic work-related incidents and the relevance, in their opinion, of different support interventions offered. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3(2): 173 and presented at the 9th Annual BACP Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference in 2003