Trauma-informed care and practice is an agenda based on the strengths that are derived from the understanding and the response of impacts of trauma that put more focus on the physical, emotional and psychological state of a patient and a medical practitioner. The purpose of the essay is to reflect on the policies of mental health care to the patients. Also, the article will provide insight on how these mental strategies will be used by the mental health care provider to promote the recovery of a patient. Many cases of mental illness among people are as a result of trauma (Hopper, Bassuk and Olivet, 2010). Therefore, trauma care and practice are aimed at the healing and recovery of the patient so that they can regain their self-control and worth. Also, the agenda is driven so as it bring a better understanding to the mental health care practitioner as to how patients should be treated to achieve a quick recovery process (Dollard and Hummer, 2012).
Trauma-informed care is an approach that deals in a protocol known as Treatment Improved Protocol. The protocol is aimed at providing quality treatment to the consumer so that improvement in their health can be realized. Mental health patients need a lot of attention from their parents and friends and therefore seeking medical treatment for a client should be done with a lot of care and caution. In the provision of health care for a mentally disabled patient, the nurse should be careful so as not to touch on the cause of the trauma (LeBel and Kelly, 2014). When a patient is left in the hands of a nurse who had some time in life undergone a traumatic incident, they are likely not to achieve their aim. For instance, when a candidate is a victim of sexual assault meets with a nurse or a medical practitioner who had undergone the same problem then they are not likely to benefit from the treatment (Bremness and Polzin, 2014).
In a mental health are setting of individuals who turned to drugs after trauma and consequently developed mental disabilities, trauma informed care personnel should have the ability to deal with the situation at hand with expertise and integrity. The knowledge and integrity represented by the nurse go a long way in the recovery of the patient. It is during this period that a patient builds trust in the caregiver thus disclosing his or her problems with the nurse. For instance, some youth are addicted to alcohol as a result of being physically abused by their guardians while small. Trauma is a serious challenge to the family and friends of the consumer (Greeson et al., 2011).Also, it increases its dangers when the patient turns to drug abuse such as smoking cigarettes and taking alcohol because they insist on having them brought to them first then dealt with later. For a professional health care nurse, the drug abuse in this case smoking and drinking should be taken care of first then followed by the cause of the mental disability and the trauma (Huckshorn and LeBel, 2013).
Trauma-informed attention and practice have safety as one of its principles of taking care of the mentally disturbed persons (Muskett, 2014).Security relates to the general practice of the caregiver as it includes making sure that the consumer feels physically and psychologically safe during the treatment. It also changes my approach to how I will handle my future patients. It provides insight on the importance of a safe service delivery so that the patient may recover quickly. For instance, when an individual becomes mentally disabled because of being molested or harassed at home, then the approach becomes useful.
Transparency and trustworthiness should be at the top of the decision maker especially the nurse. When the plan gains transparency and trust among the patient and their family members, therefore, the process of recovery becomes easier. Being transparent and trustworthy has changed my approach towards dealing with this people. For instance, a sexually abused individual tends to lose trust in anybody they meet along the way even though they mean no harm. For this reason, I feel I need to change my relationship with the patients to push it to a higher level so that I can be in a position of creating a rapport with the patients (Azeem, Aujla, Rammerth, Bisfield and Jones, 2011).
Also, the trauma-informed care is responsible for providing support that is peer related so that the patient can be in a position where she or she can connect with the people of the same age as them. Peer relationships are registered as the top therapies to be involved in trying to help a patient recover (Jaycox et al., 2010). The principle has and will change the way I view the recovery process because I will be more careful and check out what my patient wants through his friends and this will increase my understanding to their condition hence being in a position to offer quality medical care. Standard self-help practice is listed among the frameworks that guide the practice of trauma-informed care. Self-help is listed among the main ad integral parts of the organization which is responsible for bringing a sense of self-worth and empowerment to the nurse who can easily transfer it the patient.
The principle is universal to everyone in the social circle be it the mentally disturbed or the healthy individuals (Leevenson, 2014). The policy is used so that it could contribute the recovery of self-worth and responsibility also it is used as a sign to encourage personal self-esteem for instance when an individual is sexually abused; they tend to withdraw and recoil into their cocoons where they are not willing to talk or interact with other people. The principle has changed my attitude of letting the affected individuals stay alone. I learned they should be involved in the activities their patients are engaging in therefore improving their recovery period. I have seen that when I involve them with their peers, it will be beneficial to their parents and families as they would learn to work by themselves.
Working together with the members of the staff and the clients is seen as a step that will contribute to the approach of trauma informed care. There exists an increased level of partnership and power sharing that is exhibited by the staff and the consumers of the service. The team is mainly left with the task of organizing how it will involve the customers into the organization's setting. This framework has proved to be very helpful as it helps the administrators get firsthand information regarding the trauma and mental disability when working with these people (Butler, Critelli and Rinfrette, 2011). The principle has changed my view as there is an acknowledgment that for one to get healing, they are usually involved in the power sharing of the institution and also by allowing the consumer to be among the decision makers. It has come to my attention that an organization that deals in this kind of process values its user's health and is concerned about how fast they are going to recover.
Another framework that is to be involved in the approach to increase the possibility of an increase of recovery is choice, empowerment, and voice. Through the use of this principle, the staff and the consumers are involved in a system that will improve the staff view on their patients. There is insight on how the strengths of the user should be incorporated into the efforts of the nurse to establish a quick recovery (Bloom and Farragher, 2013). I have changed my approach toward supporting consumers with mental health issues as the principle has clearly revealed that every opinion of any customer is important and needs to be put into consideration. Also, the law encourages the formation of a community like- situation whereby everybody has the right to express themselves thus leading to a process of recovering from the trauma.
In conclusion, trauma informed care and practice is an important drive that is set apart by the medical care body does that the mental health of people can be put in check. However, some factors are leading to the development of mental disability and disorder. Among them is trauma a condition that is experienced by an individual when he or she goes through a sad and unpleasing situation. In most cases, trauma does no justice to the mental state of a person as it causes mental instability. For instance, a child who had undergone bullying at school will tend to withdraw from others and develop a low self-esteem. Also, they night develop very violent behavioral actions as a means to protect themselves from the current situation. Provision of mental health care at a policy level is crucial as to dictates the behavior of nurses during the exercise in a bid to improve the condition of the patient. The patient is expected to work diligently and be patient with these peoples that they can corporate, and thus their recovery is realized quickly. The principles of the approach are consistent and in line with the objectives of the institution of seeking to improve the condition of mental health of the consumer. For instance, the choice, empowerment and vision principle is one that provides a societal view of the staff and the users whereby all are accorded a chance to air their opinions which are taken seriously and into consideration in return (Bloom and Farragher, 2013).
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