OCD AND ANXIETY
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Dr. Chad Wetterneck, licensed clinical psychologist for anxiety and PTSD at Rogers, shares some strides that have been made by mental health providers when it comes to providing compassionate and personalized care to all populations.
Each person has a unique story
In the helping professions, we are taught to recognize that the patient’s perspective and life experiences are most important, and we as clinicians receive training on how to understand and empathize with what others have gone through.
Understand the impact of prejudice, discrimination, sexism, sexual orientation, and religion
Women are commonly treated differently. For example, they can experience expected gender roles, objectification, lower pay for similar work, etc. Older adults may experience lower hire rates, or stigma related to ‘speed of work’. People with particular sexual orientations are often called disparaging terms, threatened or attacked because of their orientation. In addition, experience with racism has been linked to mental health disorders like PTSD or depression, and physical health conditions caused by stress.
What is Rogers doing to make it easier for all populations to receive specialized mental health treatment?
Respecting and supporting each individual’s background and needs is paramount for Rogers Behavioral Health.
Dr. Wetterneck notes Rogers has worked with experts in cultural diversity. “We use a state-of-the-art clinical interview to assess racial stress and trauma to help recognize the damaging effects of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. We validate reports of discrimination and distress to support our patients. We show our patients that we want to know how their upbringing and identity have influenced them for better or worse and understand that one treatment approach may not be right for all.”
As part of Rogers’ admissions process, we ask our patients what gender they identify with, what gender they were assigned at birth, what their preferred name is, and what pronouns they prefer. This allows us to address them appropriately in person and in our documentation.
Recognizing the diverse South Florida population, Rogers' new Miami location is offering bilingual (English and Spanish) treatment and ensuring staff understands cultural needs and how to most effectively support patients, families and caregivers.
“It’s not enough to just provide bilingual providers anymore,” explained Marcia Rabinowits, PsyD, clinical director for Rogers’ Miami location. “Our staff understand the challenges of not only treating our diverse patients, but also equipping their families and loved ones with an understanding of behavioral disorders and offering the support they might not receive from their own communities.”
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