"If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got" Albert Einstein
In my opinion this will be the most important work you ever do!
It is difficult to work in a big system and not deplete your soul. I've worked in a couple, one being the RAAF and the other Education. I was also thrown into the medical system when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 6 months.
Then the legal system was an eye opener when supporting women who suffered domestic violence through that experience.
What I am offering you here is the wealth of experience both personal and professional. I have gained some massive understanding of my experience in all the systems I have been part of. I can see how we can make it a much better
experience for all concerned by learning how to be a trauma informed practitioner.
This is a really tricky system, I have to say. What I know is, I have spoken to many people who have been traumatised by this system. I've spoken to many nurses who have found it very difficult to work in this environment. I also wonder how much vicarious trauma happens to those who work in this field.
You are always dealing with the possibility of high emotions and experiences of the people using your service. I'm a trauma therapist and I make sure that I have good supervision and support for the heavy work I do. When I think of the medical profession in general, I am not aware of any support as I have mentioned. This leaves professionals in this field open to overwhelm.
There may be symptoms such as addictions, anxiety, fatigue and sleeping issues and gut issues to name a few, that begin to show up over the years.
Your work is like mine in the way that we can be faced with life and death situations. We are asked to sit with people in the depth of despair and trauma. We need to be able to fill ourselves up so we can give to these people in the way we wanted to when we first began our profession.
I can give you some understanding that you may not have received before.
Teaching is so different to many years ago where your focus was on the lesson and teaching children. Teachers have been loaded up with so much more paperwork and being results focussed. They are pushed to the limits with work that is external to the actual job of teaching children.
This is what it was like when I left the Education system in 2004!
I saw many teachers stressed by their job, losing heart for it. There were some where it became just a job. Others who tried to stay with their passion. So challenging, with all the excess work that comes down from the department.
One thing that is on the increase is the number of children with learning difficulties, ADHD and behaviour issues.
There is another way to look at these issues that will change your whole thinking about what you are actually looking at and what you can do about it.
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