Patients who have experienced trauma can benefit from emerging best practices in trauma-informed care at Prairie View. These practices involve both organizational and clinical changes that have the potential to improve patient engagement, health outcomes, provider and staff wellness, and decrease unnecessary utilization. Trauma-informed care acknowledges the need to understand a patient’s life experiences.
Core principles of a trauma-informed approach in a health care setting include:
- Patient empowerment: Using individuals’ strengths to empower them in the development of their treatment
- Choice: Informing patients regarding treatment options so they can choose the options they prefer
- Collaboration: Maximizing collaboration among health care staff, patients, and their families in organizational and treatment planning
- Safety: Developing health care settings and activities that ensure patients’ physical and emotional safety
- Trustworthiness: Creating clear expectations with patients about what proposed treatments entail, who will provide services and how care will be provided
A non-trauma informed system punishes and blames your adult actions and asks, “What’s wrong with you?” A trauma-informed provider will hold you accountable for your adult actions, but give you space and time to process “What happened to you?”
Lois Neace is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and registered play therapist-supervisor at Prairie View’s east Wichita office. She works with children and adolescents 0-18 years of age. Her treatment specialties include abuse and neglect issues including domestic violence or rape, anger management, anxiety, phobias, fears, social anxiety, panic or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, suicidal thoughts, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), generalized wellness, learning disorders and play therapy.