Happy Monday! I just wanted to post a quick Trauma tip for the week.
The value of cultural humility is essential with reducing barriers and increasing access to mental health providers and resources. Through this humility and recognition of differences providers can gain a better understanding of their clients’ beliefs about the cause and meaning of trauma and integrate them into treatment. Being mindful of individual’s stories, language, religion, generational trauma, socio-economic status, implicit and explicit biases will lead to better clinical practice.
According to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the National Childhood Trauma Stress Network (Jan. 2018) the following are a few guidelines during to follow during an assessment:
o What is the client’s understanding of what happened?
o What is worrying the client the most?
• Be Open
o Who should be involved treatment?
o Who does the client turn to for support
o Is there anyone else the client would want the clinician to talk to?
o What information should be shared with the client collaterals?
Remember that trauma will manifest differently in each individual based on that persons past experiences and their inherent and learned coping strategies. It is important to be mindful of all of this when working with a client that may be suffering from the effects of trauma.