In other words:
being treated as equals by practitioners and professionals when asking for and receving all kinds of care.
- 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 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.
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
And if a popular magazine works better for you, this article from Psychology Today offers useful information too.