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Clinical Consultation: Charting a New Course
With many people, it’s fairly easy to figure out how they feel safe, connected and in control. However, with some, especially people who have experienced trauma, we need to be more thoughtful in our interactions in order to help them feel safe, connected and in control. When an individual behaves in challenging ways, this thoughtful process is even more critical.
Clinical consultations help agencies plan how to respond to people who are difficult to serve. A two-hour session offers insights and brainstorming to apply trauma-responsive strategies. Independently licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor, Lara Palay uses the TRC Healing Plan as a guideline for the consultation. The Healing Plan incorporates positive psychology, emerging neuroscience and trauma-responsive principles.
The clinical consultation helps agencies change the way their staff behaves; it puts the emphasis for change on staff, not on the individual. We believe that when staff change how they behave, individuals do better, feel better and ultimately live better. That makes things better for everyone.
What are the benefits of a clinical consultation by Aldridge Palay? Your agency will…
• Learn more about mental health diagnoses an individual has
• Create strategies for applying the principles of trauma-responsive care to help an individual feel safe, connected and in control.
• Develop coordinated, agency-wide approach to use these strategies consistently
• Plan for difficult times of the year, such as holidays or anniversaries, that cause individuals special distress
How does the clinical consultation work?
The clinical consultation itself takes about two hours. Lara Palay facilitates a discussion involving about 8 to 10 people who know the individual best. It is important that professionals such as psychologists and behavioral support specialist attend and are prepared to provide the group with some general diagnostic and clinical information. It is more important that direct support professionals, who know the individual best through day-to-day interactions, make up most of the group. We have found these strategies are most effective when implemented by the people who spend the most time with that person.
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