AFT offering no-cost COVID-19 grief counseling & trauma coverage

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Our national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, is providing no-cost COVID-19 grief counseling to all active & retired AFT members and their eligible immediate family members.

The AFT is also providing all active AFT members with up to three months of a trauma counseling benefit at no cost.


1. No-Cost COVID-19 Grief Counseling
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the AFT is providing no-cost grief counseling to all active & retired AFT members along with their eligible immediate family members.

You will have the opportunity to speak with a licensed Master’s level counselor if a death occurs in the immediate family as the result of COVID-19. The AFT will pay covered counseling expenses* for the insured and/or immediate family members. During the time in which the AFT is providing this benefit, you have the opportunity to speak with a dedicated counselor via video, phone or text.

Click here to learn more about AFT no-cost COVID-19 grief counseling.

*The covered counseling benefit includes a clinically valid assessment along with a 50-minute counseling session and 50-minute follow-up counseling session that need to be incurred during the policy period.

2. No-Cost Trauma Counseling
As an active AFT member, you are eligible to receive up to three months of counseling via video, phone or text after a covered incident.

Trauma counseling is a confidential, measurement-based, program empowering recovery after everyday and workplace incidents. Whether it's an infectious disease, natural disaster, an assault or secondary trauma, the AFT will provide you with the resources you need.

Please Note: You must sign in to the NYSUT Member Center to access more information about this coverage.

Click here to log in to the NYSUT Member Center to learn more about AFT trauma coverage.

These AFT-paid trauma counseling sessions with highly-trained therapists are completely private and set up to take advantage of the latest communication technologies. These sessions are available at no cost and available to all active AFT members, including those on leave status.

Click here to download a PDF brochure about this no-cost coverage.

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