I've been quiet on my website for a few months taking care of my new baby girl. It's hard to believe how much she's grown and changed in the past 6 months.
She's amazing, she's beautiful, she's everything.
It's been a busy time, but having a daughter has helped spur me to think even more deeply about the world I want her to grow up in, and how I can be a part of building it.
This one's for the clinicians out there. Let me tell you something that I think is vital for all of us to know.
Whether or not you work in the mental health space, like I do, you work with clients with mental health concerns. You work with clients with trauma. We all do. Trauma is so unfortunately common that it's impossible not to. We all want to do right by our patients, and truly help them.
But have you ever been in an appointment with a medical professional where you felt uncomfortable? Where you felt they didn't understand your emotional and psychological needs? Have you ever experienced a physical exam where you felt you were not being touched appropriately? Ever felt like terms were used that were either too medical-ized or too personal?
It's unfortunate, but it is true: re-traumatization happens often in healthcare. We want to be part of the solution, but if we're not careful, we can be part of the problem. And there is precious little training available to dietitians and nutritionists who want to grow in this area.
I want to build a world where everyone in healthcare is knowledgeable about trauma and prepared to treat every patient in a trauma-informed way.
I've started teaching and doing trainings on trauma-informed care to try to fill this gap. I'm working on creating content and courses for providers to help you build your skills, so be on the lookout for more content, including:
How can I help support you in learning about trauma-informed care? Let me know in the comments below or feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
Erica Golden, RDN