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01 September 2011 at 16:40 - Posted by InterTraumaNexus

Managing Trauma Relief


Cover of the book Managing Trauma Relief, published by Aquilla Advisors.
The authors, Barbara & Wynand Louw

Are you a manager or business owner who deal with employees and colleagues who are affected by the traumatic realities of our time? Do you struggle to find the balance between sympathy and practical support, without creating a future nightmare?

This book gives you an overview of dealing with trauma in the workplace, employee assistance and employee wellness. Practical recommendations will help you to distinguish between a crisis and trauma, as well as how to deal with them respectively. It gives you guidelines on how to offer useful support and utilize community resources, without breaking the bank. Applicable suggestions, worksheets, check lists and action plans are easy to follow and implement.

It will assist you in creating a sound approach to handling employees’ trauma and moving forward to wellness in your company. The advantages of getting trauma out of the way are:

·         Employees are happier and thus more productive.

·         Limits absenteeism and reduces workplace conflict.

·         Improves stress management, thus improves employee relationships.

·         Sound management in terms of labour legislation.

·         Improved client service which will improve your company’s bottom line.


You will find guidance on:

·         Managing stress in the workplace.

·         Dealing with traumatic news and sharing death notifications.

·         Managing loss and trauma.

·         Managing HIV/Aids and the effect on co-employees.

·         Managing substance abuse.

·         Giving employees guidance to manage their own finances in hard times.

·         Managing the impact of retrenchment and dismissals.


The authors are Barbara & Wynand Louw, co-owners of Aquilla Advisors and founding members of Inter Trauma Nexus. They are co-authors of the book ‘Put Trauma behind you’. They have been working with traumatised people and managing the aftermath of trauma for the past 30 years,

Barbara completed a BTh, MA  and is currently working on a PhD. Through her private practice her team offers Employee Wellness Assistance and training. She has a well-established client base, which was built over the past 15 years. She is a wellness strategist, guest lecturer, public and conference speaker on Trauma, Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder, Victimization, Child Trauma, Victim Empowerment, Crime Prevention, Life skills, Motivation and Being Successful. She is co-author of numerous of books, courses and programmes. Her latest book is “A Sensible Vision – A Practical Model to efficiently support people to put trauma behind them”.

Wynand holds a BTh; FIISA; HDiIM; DRFM; DiIM; and he is an MBA Candidate. The topic of his dissertation is: “A Program for Moral regeneration in a multi-cultural South Africa”. Wynand has a wealth of experience in the South African financial services sector and is a successful Business, Financial Advisor, Coach and Mentor and keen public sand conference speaker. He is a senior member of Aquilla Advisors cc, the Managing member of Aquilla Financial Solutions cc and Chairperson of Inter Trauma Nexus.

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