"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
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"
TREATMENT APPROACHES TO PTSD
•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.
• 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
"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
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
--Richard L. Evans
expands in proportion to one's
"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
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.
"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
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