As many readers are aware, I have been in the process of creating a workbook to be entitled, “Trauma Informed Self-Care: A Handy Guide for the Every-Day Warrior”. In my outline, I have created a chapter that focuses on Mental Health Professionals. This chapter draws upon Greek Mythology and the stories of Gods whose archetypes were the progenitors of what we refer to as “Wounded Healers” and, taking a few steps further, how, as wounded healers we remain vulnerable to the effects of working with those who are deeply wounded through their own traumas and whose stories arouse our own histories. If we are to be effective as Mental Health Professionals, we must engage in being aware of and then tending to our own histories and how, if ignored, minimized, or otherwise sloughed off, can block our own growth, not to mention, obstruct healing pathways in those whom we serve.
There is considerable research out there that, utilizing the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale focuses upon those particular childhood experiences and how significant the numbers are of mental health professionals who present a history of childhood trauma.
I am conducting my own Adverse Childhood Experiences survey specifically for this chapter and am asking your help in providing a broadened perspective of mental health providers with histories of Complex Trauma, or Developmental Trauma, or Interpersonal Trauma. Whichever you wish to call it.
Here is the link to the survey. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you are a licensed Mental Health Professional, Intern, or licensed/certified in the Substance Abuse Field, I invite you to follow this link and answer 10 questions 8 of which are based upon the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale.
I invite you to share this with other Mental Health Professionals as well.
I look forward to the results of this survey!