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Ruth Lockhart

Question 1
Leadership in my work place have made it mandatory for all staff to receive training on how trauma effects behavior and learn prevention strategies to intervene so situations do not escalate to a crisis. The organization keeps track of the crisis situations that occur within the organization and this information is shared with staff and discussions are had on ways to improve the use of prevention strategies.
There is a council that meets monthly that is open to consumers who utilize services provided by the organization. Ways to improve services and unsatisfactory experiences are discussed. This information helps the organization improve delivery of services.
Clinicians collaborate with community service providers when specialized services are needed for consumers that are out of the organizations scope of practice. These often include trauma from domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual abuse.

Question 2
My strengths from the competencies are understanding the need for people with trauma histories to have emotional connections with safe people that can help people flourish and move forward. At the foundation of the work that I do is ensuring emotional and physical safety of clients in order to help stabilize them from a crisis and assist with maintaining stability at home and in the community.
I understand and have yearly training on the importance of not confronting unhealthy behaviors that might activate acute stress reactions or trauma symptoms and that the use of empathic listening creates understanding and this helps to guide resolution.
Being clear about rules and boundaries helps with keeping the environment safe and when people are unclear about the rules and boundaries this most often leads to behavioral and psychological acting out in unhealthy ways.
Having a strengths based lens has helped clients focus on their strengths, their accomplishments, and the healthy ways they have learned to cope and build resilience to recover from difficulties in their lives.
People of diverse cultures rarely access the services provided by the organization I work for. So I’m deficient in how trauma affects them and how they understand behavioral health treatment. I would like more knowledge on specific screening tools to screen and assess trauma histories with clients.
Lastly I could benefit from learning additional self care activities and ways to recognize STS in myself.
These competencies are important to know and practice because majority of people seeking services have a trauma history and if one is not competent then consumers struggle to get the help they need and as providers we may become frustrated with clients and this can lead to emotional distress.

Question 3
Larry appears to be in the habit of confronting based on his skill set and could benefit from supervision and education. I wonder if a Larry is aware of the details of the client’s trauma history.
As a clinical supervisor the 12 step training would not have been my first recommendation. I would have focused on client centered approaches and trauma informed skills.