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UPDATED: Trauma-informed Care – and why we all deserve it

(Acceptance + Kindness + Active Listening)*2Empathy = Trauma-informed Care

SCent reflections definition of trauma-informed care

In other words:
being treated as equals by practitioners and professionals when asking for and receving all kinds of care.

These people:

  • listen actively and with compassion
  • accept you and your experiences as real and valid
  • work with you through different challenges associated with getting care and support

Why We ALL Deserve to be treated using the trauma-informed care model

We believe and have long taught the concept that every individual has the same fundamental human rights as every other, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, role or title
From the book: Your Perfect Right, chapter 4

We all deserve acceptance, safety, unconditional love, compassion, and kindness –

Each and every one of us has had an experience that changed us and our worldview in some way (aka traumatic experience)

When people feel safe and heard, they are empowered to learn and make informed choices with regards to the next steps.

If people feel uncomfortable or don’t want to do something, they feel confident the providers will listen and accept the “no” instead of disregarding them or pushing them into doing what the provider believes is best

Finally, medical, behavioral/mental health, and other providers are considered role models with a lot of influence and power over other groups of people. They lead by example when using a trauma-informed care model in their practices

Adapting Trauma-Informed Care as a business model

All people deserve to be treated with acceptance and kindness.

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Not “nice”, but kind because there is a big difference. People who don’t like each other, even hate each other, can “play nice” or “be nice” to others if or when “nice” benefits them.

But genuine kindness comes from a place of unconditional love and authenticity.

Kind people treat everyone

the same and always find something positive and/or neutral to say/do for others.

As I started thinking about this business and what it means to me, I decided that I was going to run my business from a place of acceptance, authenticity, and genuine kindness.

I would offer resources and support to people who want to make changes that manifest their goals.

Start small and lead by example with blog posts, recipes, and products that show my commitment to empowering others to achieve their goals.

Definitions from Mental & Medical Health Experts

Here are some definitions from Harvard Medical School blog and SAMHSA.gov

Elizabeth Lincoln is a primary care physician at MGH who has trained medical professionals and students about approaching patient care with an understanding of trauma. She explains: “Trauma-informed care is defined as practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing. A medical office or hospital can be a terrifying experience for someone who has experienced trauma, particularly for childhood sexual abuse survivors. The perceived power differential, being asked to remove clothing, and having invasive testing can remind someone of prior episodes of abuse. This can lead to anxiety about medical visits, flashbacks during the visit, or avoidance of medical care.”

by monique teller, MD, MPH at the Harvard medical school blog

A Trauma-Informed Approach, often referred to as trauma-informed care (TIC), is a promising model for organizational change in health, behavioral, health, and other settings that promotes resilience in staff and patients. Key principles of this approach include organizational safety, trustworthiness, transparency, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, and empowerment among and between staff and patients. This approach recognizes the role trauma plays in the lives of patients/consumers and seeks to shift the clinical perspective from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you” by recognizing and accepting symptoms and difficult behaviors as strategies developed to cope with childhood trauma.

From SAMhsa.gov website

And if a popular magazine works better for you, this article from Psychology Today offers useful information too.

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