Trauma Counseling Programs and Services

AFT members work hard—now more than ever—to educate, heal, help and serve our communities. Sometimes our own stress is compounded by a personal or workplace trauma; still, we struggle to be fully present for others. Now the AFT is offering a new, free benefit—trauma counseling—to provide help and healing for our members, whenever needed, wherever a member may be.

Trauma counseling

These AFT-paid trauma counseling sessions with highly trained therapists are completely private and set up to take advantage of the latest communication technologies—phone, text, video and even artificial intelligence. They are free and available to all active working members, including those on leave status. The broad list of covered injuries is both work-related and beyond, including:

24/7

  • Aggravated assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Mass shootings/terrorist acts
  • Major disaster

At work

  • Bullied, harassed or threatened
  • Traumatized by witnessing a violent incident
  • Infection by contagious disease
  • Secondary trauma

COVID-19 Grief Counseling

Grief counseling is available for AFT members who have lost immediate family, or for the immediate family of an AFT member who has died of COVID-19. Both AFT members and their immediate family can access the benefit here

Trauma Coverage®

A new member-paid benefit allows for expanded coverage and is available for members to purchase for themselves or their entire family at a reduced cost, specifically for AFT members. This extends the coverage for members beyond the AFT’s free trauma counseling. It includes recovery care, income replacement, a death benefit and optional family coverage.

 

 

Trauma Coverage is exclusively for AFT members. Please visit our Members Only benefits page to get started.

 

Important note

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and having thoughts of hurting yourself you should promptly call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 911.  You can learn more at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

The AFT Trauma Counseling Program provides incident-based trauma counseling from a licensed Master's level or higher skilled clinician via video, phone, or text.  After a covered incident it could take up to 24 hours to put you in touch with a trauma counselor

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