Who participates in the Village of Care? Everyone who self-identifies as a common or professional caregiver, including, and not limited to:
- Family - parents, grandparents, guardians, siblings, aunties, uncles
- Community Youth Workers - teachers, coaches, club directors, camp directors or counselors, church school teachers or volunteers, youth ministry leaders
- Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Social Workers
- Physicians and Medical Health Specialists
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Financial Planners or Advisors
- Clergy, Ministers, Chaplains, and Spiritual Directors
Repeatedly and frequently, we hear any one of the above types of persons describe a moment when they felt like the circumstances a person brought to their attention seemed beyond the scope of their expertise or responsibility. For example, a financial advisor recently shared with me about how she wishes she had taken more advantage of psychology course offerings in college, because she often finds her clients sharing with her intimate details about their family or regrets about certain life choices and her being one of the first persons they ever shared those details with. "Making decisions about your end-of-life financial plans brings a lot up for people." We talked about how she might find it helpful to have a ready referral or two for a therapist, should one of her clients find that helpful. Though, we both recognized, sometimes it just means a lot to have the person you are with really listen and appreciate where you're coming from.
Cultivating personal and professional care networks (like the ones you can find in our Resource Guides) can help organizational leaders and staff navigate the blurrier lines that can emerge, especially when people we are with may begin to reflect on histories of trauma or adversity. Even knowing we have a colleague or trusted friend to call for personal or professional advice can bring us peace and help us feel a little more courageous in listening to others.
Want to learn more about types of caregivers in a community, or read examples of how caregivers collaborate across professions to leverage greater care to survivors? You can do so in the Village of Care series.