Lecture Discussion 213
Sarah Bockhold, LSCW, Stacy Melton, LCSW, Deandra Rangel, LCSW
If we’ve learned anything from the 2004 hit film National Treasure, a pair of multi colored lens glasses can lead to a wealth of discovery. Sometimes it seems faster to avoid the feared can of worms that gets tied to questions about past trauma, however, looking at the world only through rose colored lenses limits our perspective of the person, their situation, their health and their resilience. Research suggests it is safer to assume trauma in the lives of our staff and patients than not. We recognize the impact our words and actions can have in re-traumatizing individuals. We also note the importance of recognizing changes in brain structure and function due to trauma and the impact this has on communication and the development of a positive working relationship. In an effort to create a healing and healthy environment for our staff and patients, we are working to offer new a lens through which to see a person. We have done this by revising our curriculum to include trauma-informed care trainings and experiential learning for residents, faculty and staff.