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Advice to Whistleblowers

 "Human beings, like plants grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”   

John Powell, S.J.


Society has a tendency to blame the victim for not being able to simply being able to “get over it” and this cultural lack of support can be classified as secondary wounding and promotes re-victimization which treats the victim as defective or deficient.  During this secondary re-traumatization, the loss of Medical Whistleblower’s human potential is incalculable.  The first action necessary to enable a Whistleblower to find their own pathway to personal healing is to stop the continuing harassment and create safety and security for them both physically and emotionally. Our society views many objects as disposable and when an object is tarnished or dented the tendency is to deem its value gone, throw it away and rush to the stores to replace it.  When Medical Whistleblowers become targets of retaliation in an effort to silence them,  their value as highly competent and experienced professionals becomes forgotten in the rush to strip them of their professional credientals in order to discredit their allegations against the wrongdoers.  Telling the Truth to authorities often means permanent loss of the Medical Whistleblowers extensive professional skills and abilities and financial ruin for him/her and their family.  We must remember that human beings are not disposable objects and we must value the personal and professional characteristics of each whistleblower and remember that the growth potential available through the healing process is infinite.

“When someone is a victim, he or she should be at the center

of the criminal justice process, not on the

outside looking in”.

 President William J. Clinton

Rose Garden, June 25, 1996


Trauma Informed Support & Care


Our goal at Medical Whistleblower is to provide advocacy for Medical Whistle-blowers and to help stem the tide of secondary victimization by their care providers, friends, family and co-workers. We provide educational materials, newsletters on critical topics of interest and referrals to care professionals who are knowledgeable in trauma informed care.


“Even in states with a victims’ rights constitutional amendment,

 the overall protection of victims is varied and uneven.

In addition, without federal constitutional protection, victims’ rights

are always subject to being automatically trumped by defendants’ rights.”

Robert E. Preston, Co-chair,

National Victims’ Constitutional

Amendment Network



Principles of Trauma Informed Care

   


Problems and Symptoms are inter-related responses to the trauma of retaliation and represent coping mechanisms developed by the Medical Whistleblower in order to deal with their personal trauma.   It is critically important to empower the Whistleblower by providing choice, autonomy and control in their care support and networks. This is central to healing.   Primary goals are defined by Medical Whistleblowers themselves and focus on recovery, self-efficacy, and healing. Advocacy must be proactive – preventing further crisis & avoiding further re-traumatization.

"People are like stained glass windows,  they sparkle and shine when the sun is out; but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within" 

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross



TREATMENT APPROACHES TO PTSD


Trauma-informed

Problems/Symptoms are inter-related responses to or coping mechanisms to deal with trauma.
Providing choice, autonomy and control is central to healing.
Primary goals are defined by trauma survivors and focus on recovery, self-efficacy, and healing.
Proactive – preventing further crisis & avoiding retraumatization.

Traditional Approaches

 Problems/Symptoms are discrete and separate.
People providing services are the experts. Trauma Survivors broken, & vulnerable.
Primary goals are defined by service providers and focus on symptom reduction.
Reactive – services and symptoms are crisis driven and focused on minimizing liability.

 


The Pathway from Vulnerability to Strength - 

Starting at the bottom and moving toward the top    

 

Celebration – Self Actualization

Overcoming Vulnerability – Recognition

     Compensation – Self Esteem Needs

Sharing with Others (Sense of Belonging)

     Exploring Protection Needs

          Identifying Safety Needs

               Denial of Vulnerability

                     Elimination of Danger

↑                         Vulnerable

"On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."

(You can see clearly only with your heart. What is truly important is invisible to the eyes)."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

PTSD - What is Neurofeedback

 
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

 

"Don't let life discourage you, everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
--Richard L. Evans


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
--Anais Nin


"We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed."
--Rosalyn SussmanYalow


  Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
--Albert Einstein
 

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."

~Mary Anne Radmacher