My colleagues are looking for best practices around trauma informed approaches for setting up a Love Fund (emergency crisis fund) for staff. The request is coming from a clinic where many of the staff are struggling as are their patients. Does anyone know of any best practice guidelines available?



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Hopefully helpful:  I know this is about Staff, which is a delicious idea.

However, it gives the opportunity to also include clients in the conversation, on how this might be done.  Again, hopefully this is helpful:

A colleague recently discussed this in an Ethics conversation. One of the therapists there told us she'd wrestled with how to help, without enabling or getting into areas of  relationship that might harm the process, etc.  So she told us that, rather than be powerless to help clients in economic emergency (that prevented their participation in services),  she’d created a ‘love fund’ within her group practice, calling it ‘an anonymous donor gave us seed money for emergencies that our clients would inevitably have, as they find their way back to recovery.’  The anonymity feature created ‘space’ for the group to accept and then easily add to the fund, which was often desperately needed for the predictable emergencies of transportation, self-care, etc. of their clients and worked very well.

Seems like that kind of thing could work both ways? Recognition, yes, Validation yes, and renumeration as acknowledgement of the very real talents and efforts expended by the helpers, as well as the very real daily forces that can get in the way of our client's best attempts to heal.

Kind regards and thanks to all who do this work in the world.

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