Public Health

  Public health professionals care for people affected by catastrophic and chronic illness, medical emergencies, trauma, violence, fear, poverty, depression, hopelessness, helplessness and a myriad of other physical and mental health challenges. As a result, the question is not whether stress will appear as a result of this exposure, but to what extent (Wicks, 2006). When measured with...
 

Public health professionals care for people affected by catastrophic and chronic illness, medical emergencies, trauma, violence, fear, poverty, depression, hopelessness, helplessness and a myriad of other physical and mental health challenges. As a result, the question is not whether stress will appear as a result of this exposure, but to what extent (Wicks, 2006).

When measured with the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (STSS), criteria for a PTSD-like diagnosis were met by 15.2% of social workers (Bride, 2007), 16.3% of oncology staff (Quinal et al., 2009), 19% of substance abuse counselors (Bride et al., 2009), 20.8% of providers treating family or sexual violence (Choi, 2011), and 32.8% of emergency nurses (Dominguez-Gomez and Rutledge, 2009).



  

It’s time to stop talking about the “cost of caring” and start alleviating the strain on professionals who devote their careers to healing.

Our nation’s public health professionals deserve training about how trauma affects them and the persons who enter hospitals, clinics and institutions. But too often the training stops there. What about empowering our nation’s healers to care for themselves when they are affected by burnout and secondary trauma?



 

Frontline Psychological Services & Wellness responds to the realities facing our nation’s public health professionals by providing training, consultation and wellness events designed to enhance or restore well-being.



Trainings

Trainings are designed to foster safety, mastery and empowerment. Our goal is to facilitate practical and learner-focused trainings that (a) inspire and motivate, (b) celebrate individual and group achievements, (c) increase learners’ knowledge about the subject matter and (d) reinforce workplace values and principles. We are guided by the belief that learners learn best when they talk, think, move, create, play and act.
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Consultation

Consultation may be requested when an organization finds itself plagued by low morale, shaken by crisis, or unable to meet its mission. Proactive consultation may occur to enhance well-being and stave off problems associated with chronic stress and secondary traumatic exposure.
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Wellness events

Our wellness events range from half a day to as long as one week and can occur on a one-time basis or repeat monthly, quarterly or at another agreed upon rate. Activities are designed to support reflection in place of reaction, curiosity in lieu of numbing, self-care instead of self-sacrifice and collective impact rather than silo-ed structures.
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