This issue is devoted to Uplift’s direct service staff, or DSS: clinicians, specialists, facilitators, youth and family partners, doctors, nurses, professional parents – everyone who works, in-person or via telehealth, with the people we serve.
We have many, many tools to resist trauma and we must use them. They include resilience, kindness, love, emotional support, hard work, material resources, self-care, laughter, faith and hope. Another critical tool, especially in a traumatic event of this magnitude, is trauma-informed leadership.
Since May 25th, when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, demonstrators nation-wide have protested institutionalized violence against Black Americans. On June 1st , Uplift’s CEO and President addressed this issue in an all-staff email, concluding with an invitation to respond. Charee Johnson, a clinician in Los Angeles, did just that.
The COVID-19 crisis had a definitive onset (the first human infection) but has taken months to develop into a global scourge. And still the situation evolves: the threat to health, the secondary social and economic effects, and our efforts to fight back. Whatever the new normal turns out to be, we are on our way. But we are in it for the long run.
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