Professional Wellness is a very important topic for
every individual and organization who works with people who have experienced trauma.
“It is an ethical responsibility for any organization, whose client base has experienced trauma, to institutionalize strategies that maintain holistic professional wellness for their leadership, staff and/or volunteers.”Tweet
☞Professional Wellness is the shared responsibility of the Individual and and of the Organization
☞When professional wellness is not institutionalized, the entire agency could experience Organizational Trauma.
What are some variables that lead to Organizational Trauma?
➣Vicarious trauma is ‘the negative transformation in the helper that results (across time) from empathic engagement with trauma survivors and their traumatic material, combined with a commitment or responsibility to help them’ (Pearlman and Caringi, 2009, 202-203).
The greater the exposure to traumatic material, the greater the risk of vicarious trauma. People who work in services to which people with traumatic histories present seeking help, or who work with traumatic material are at particular risk. This includes but is not limited to people working in criminal justice and allied professionals.
➣Demoralization: Our criminal justice system has not yet fully incorporated a trauma informed response, thus it is not as effective as it could be.
The word “demoralize” means “to deprive a person of spirit or courage, to throw a person into disorder or confusion, and to dishearten or bewilder.” Any persistent and difficult life situation may cause a person to be demoralized, evidenced by feelings of being “unable to cope,”. Any resulting demoralization will diminish confidence and drive. It is, in essence, a form of depression.
Working within a system that is flawed, may often lead to demoralization.
➣Unrealistic Expectations: There is more crime and more trauma than we (Members of Criminal Justice) could, under the current parameters, ever effectively deal with. When an entire system is so overwhelmed, members engage in self-defensive behaviors.
☞Loyalty language, insider/outsider dynamics, “us vs. them” mentality, inability to collaborate, irrational competing, gossip, rumor making, mobbing, self-medication, bullying and harassment are some symptoms of organizational trauma.
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