Memorandum submitted by Mike Cooper
I am very concerned that putting people whose
psychological health has been damaged by chronic abuse in work
related situations under duress to attend work focused interviews
will do more harm than good.
Many of these people are suffering from post
traumatic stress disorder and putting them under this kind of
pressure will cause acute feelings of panic, anxiety and trheat.
Being released from their damaging work situations will have been
the single most effective thing that has been done for them. Appropriate
treatment like analytical therapy will not have come their way
because of cost and availability, they will have been maintained
by repeat prescriptions for benzodiazepines. cbt will not help
this group. It is relatively cheap but limited in scope and depends
heavily on a positive rapport between therapist and client which
is unlikely to pertain when forced upon people who need to feel
in control of their lives. Research shows that in cases where
cbt has positive affects, they tend to tail off rapidly when intervention
I do hope that these proposals are not being
used to make a spurious political point about public perception
of the nature of control at the expense of this vulnerable group.