Around the world, trauma caregivers provide complex care with varying resources, in environments that vary from the most prepared to the most austere. Our Michigan and other regional trauma systems represent an effort to prepare all agencies and facilities, including large metropolitan trauma centers and rural critical access hospitals, to provide optimal trauma care by working together within a system. Educational programs like this one allow us to bring together regional experts to share what they know and prepare all of us to meet that challenge.
At HFAH, we serve a large population of staff who are on the front lines, or recipients, of the medical trauma services. Trainings that discuss the severity of the events, risks and consequences help social workers to be equipped in a therapeutic setting. This reduces the need that the potentially traumatized patient has to educate the social worker about what happened during the procedure. Oftentimes, clients on our caseload have had a family member who has received trauma care and do not understand what happened. Social workers with an understanding of the trauma care setting can be informed, appropriately confront the client, and help the person work thru the emotional trauma.
An additional benefit to the Jackson Trauma Symposium is the ability to minimize vicarious trauma for the therapist. As staff at a hospital, many discussions occur in session where the therapist is not equipped for the medical nature of the conversation. Through education, we can better assist our client while not harming ourselves. Experts in the field will educate the Social Worker on injuries, medications that create injury, Opioid use for pain, and a positive way to grieve.