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What is Adjustment to Injury Counselling?

An employee who has experienced traumatic stress, psychological/physical injury and/or mental illness may require specialised services to support them in returning to work. KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling centres around an evidence-based framework with the focus of assisting injured workers overcome the variety of psychological barriers that may directly delay or prevent a successful return to work.

When conducted concurrently with a Return to Work Plan, KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling can facilitate a timely and durable return to work through the provision of proactive self-management techniques that provides an injured worker with both coping strategies and support during the rehabilitation process.

KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling sessions are tailored against the individuals specific needs, however all sessions are conducted with the eventual goal for a long term, sustainable, return to work for the injured worker. The specific issues that can be addressed through adjustment to injury counselling include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Adjustment to change
  • Difficulties in a persons life

In the initial Adjustment to Injury Counselling session, an assessment of the presenting issues, symptoms and psychological history is made and specific assessment tools such as the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS21) may be administered.

The individual will then participate in 3 one on one counselling sessions with a Registered Psychologist. These session are structured to identify and address triggers for the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that impact on the person’s capacity to return to work. The personalised counselling plan may lead to a variety of topics, options and alternatives:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Strategies for coping
  • Process of adapting
  • Education on the rehabilitation process
  • Stress management
  • Emotion regulation
  • Trauma processing
  • Mindfulness skills

All adjustment to injury counselling sessions include the development of an individualised goal orientated management plan to achieve a successful return to work. This plan is developed in a holisitc manner that incorporates the following elements:

  • The workers injury
  • The workers symptoms
  • The workers triggers / aggravating factors
  • The workers pre-injury job role
  • The workers return to work plan
  • The workplace environment
  • The workers support network

Adjustment to Injury Counselling has benefits for both the employee and employer when it results in sustainable return to work outcomes and reduced worker’s compensation costs. Furthermore it can assist an injured worker in overcoming the variety of difficulties often associated with complex return to work claims. Access to early intervention injury counselling outcomes empower individuals with an increased awareness and understanding of the psychological processes underlying the issues and barriers they face, and the capacity to take control and respond more effectively to change in their personal and working life.

People’s lives outside of the workplace can significantly impact their mood and behaviours during work hours. For this reason KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling service includes identifying these difficulties and a number of self management strategies to assist. Adjustment to Injury Counselling teaches self management strategies that are not only effective when used but also practical in nature.

KINNECT offer Adjustment to Injury Counselling services for workers with both psychological and physical injuries. Our team of expert Psychologists are available to work with your employees recovering from either a physical and/or psychological injury, to assist them with overcoming identified psychological barriers and facilitating a safe and sustainable return to work.

Our Psychologists

Samantha Ferrer

Registered Provisional Psychologist (AHPRA)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) – Monash University (2018)
Bachelor of Psychology – Macquarie University (2016)
CBT Practitioners Certificate

Speciality Areas of Interest

  • Trauma
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Health Psychology

Brendan Turner

Registered Provisional Psychologist (AHPRA)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Monash University (2014)
Bachelor of Science, Psychology – University of Southern Queensland (2012)
Practitioner Training Program (2018) – Australian Radix Body Psychotherapy Association

Speciality Areas of Interest

  • Trauma
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Neurobiology
  • Somatic Psychology
  • Mindfulness

Suzie Rigby

Registered Psychologist (AHPRA)
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Psychology – University of Surrey (1998)

Speciality Areas of Interest

  • Vocational Services
  • Human Resource Management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Stress Management
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


KINNECT’s adjustment to injury counselling consist of 1 x Initial 60 minute session, followed by 4 x Subsequent 60 minute sessions.

Adjustment to Injury Counselling is conducted by one of KINNECT’s Psychologist who hold at a minimum provisional registration with The Pyschological Board of Australia.

Adjustment to Injury Counselling Psychological mental health return to work workplace

  • Employers
  • Supervisors
  • Injury Management Co-ordinators
  • Health and Safety Advisors
  • General Practitioner
  • Rehabilitation Consultants

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