No one likes them, not employees or managers. Employees wait with trepidation for that day, and often even the best performers come out of the process angry, demeaned, demoralized, and unmotivated. Seasoned managers, after observing years of this process, dread the damage that will be done to their best performers and look for ways to soften the blow, often by overlooking issues. When I went back to direct care after 12 years in management in mental health clinics, PEs and employee discipline was a part of the management process I wouldn’t miss.
Sandra Bloom, MD has written extensively about Trauma Informed Care for several decades and is founder of the Sanctuary Model (http://www.sanctuaryweb.com). In an article published in a blog post, (Bloom, S. L., 2015. The article was titled, “What if we could prevent MH problems”. Posted on http://www.realmhchange.org, August 20, 2015.), she called upon us to act. “As a society, we have a moral responsibility to do something with the knowledge we now have that most of the suffering brought about in the world today is preventable.
I’ve been reviewing articles on the web about trauma informed care (TIC) and how these concepts might be applied to management and supervision. There is not a lot to be found. What I have found I will report on in an upcoming newsletter article. In the literature search I’ve made, there are occasional hints about how TIC principles might be applied to supervision and management, and about the conflicting roles supervisors are called on to play.
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Truth sometimes is hard to accept. The truth about trauma provides one of those challenges. Trauma and it’s recovery is a natural process. Human beings have survived trauma for thousands of years. Post trauma symptoms provide something similar to exposure with intrusive memories and flashbacks. How we deal with these symptoms has a huge effect on how well we cope. Obviously, the natural process of recovery from trauma can go horribly wrong with damaging consequences.
One of the reasons I love my job is the people we meet. People who have suffered trauma are often the kindest, empathetic and understanding people I’ve ever met. This post from PsychCentral explains well this phenomena. Below is a powerful meditation that brings strength to our most vulnerable moments. (Published in PsychCentral By Sarah Newman, MA ) “Facing the fact that we’ve been abused isn’t simple. It’s wrapped up in feelings of being deeply flawed.
By Leah Davies, M.Ed. How I look is not as important as how I act. I treat others the way I want them to treat me. I am a good sport; I follow the rules, take turns and play fair. It is okay to laugh at funny things, but not to laugh at others. I do not gossip; if I cannot say anything helpful, I do not say anything at all… More
This is a cross post from © 2015 ChooseHelp.com who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Bullying has been an issue for humanity for a very long time. Unfortunately, it took recent events, such as, violence perpetrated by and at schoolchildren, for people to give it the attention it needs.
This article on Mindfulness is very detailed and scholarly. It’s for those who want a detailed analysis of Buddha’s concept of Mindfulness from a cognitive psychology perspective. Its well worth the [read]. So we can adopt a definition of mindfulness as a method by which we skilfully and intentionally focus our attention on our behaviors, perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and mental phenomena in the present moment, with the right intention of purifying the mind as prescribed in the Eightfold Path.
This is a cross post from [© 2014 ChooseHelp.com] who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Anger Does Not Demonstrate Parenting Authority Respect (Photo credits: www.mysecuritysign.com) Many people make the assumption that anger gives them authority. I remember hearing several friends and family members indicate that they were scared of their fathers and that it was necessary to respect them.