How have models of care evolved?

Core Course | taught by Elizabeth Power

Course description

What is a "model"? And what is the Medical model of healthcare? You might hear people talk about the medical model when they describe differences in models of care, and the answers to these two questions lay the foundation for the rest of the course.

Do indigenous people use a different model? How is it different? Indigenous ways of being gain attention for their ability to create whole-person change when adopted as lifestyles that are grounded in a different way of being. Knowing a little about the difference may be helpful.

How about the Trauma-Informed model? What is it based on? What are the key components in the Trauma-Informed model?

These key questions are answered in this course. They're useful in helping you consider your context as you become more trauma-responsive and in knowing where you are in the world of models.

Elizabeth Power
Elizabeth Power
Master Facilitator

With more than two decades helping people learn about trauma, Elizabeth Power, M.Ed. is a master facilitator. Her firm provides services worldwide helping organizations implement Risking Connection(R), address organizational changes required to become trauma-responsive, and focus on reframing the experience of relating to survivors of traumatic experiences. She is also known for her work in creating replication materials for evidence-based treatments and for helping people adapt programs to reflect their culture and values.

Perhaps equally important is that she brings lived experience to the work, reflecting not just current theory and research but also the process of recovering from overwhelming experiences in her life.

She has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Center for PTSD, Children's Institute of Los Angeles, Indian Health Services, Hale Kipa, the Queen's Hospital in Honolulu, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, Salvus Clinic in Moncton NB, and many more. She delivers instructor led training to over 2000 people each year.

Course Curriculum

Why are models important? And who uses them?
Part of everyday life and work
Models, efficiency, and money
Who uses models?
TIC as an expansion of other models
Your Turn!
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A brief history of mental health models
Early models: misery as a result of offending natural forces
From Hippocrates to Tuke: a broad view of history
The last two centuries
Looking forward
QUIZ: History of models
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Four models: medical, psychodynamic, circle or indigenous, and trauma-informed
The medical model
​Indigenous models: Circle thinking
​The Psychodynamic model
The Trauma-Informed models
Your turn!
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What's different in TIC?
Different thinking
​Different feelings
Different actions
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What barriers exist to adjusting models?
Power and inertia
The money stream
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Reviews (1)

Clear, concise & informing me what we are about to explore.

by Ann Hart
This presented interesting facts & information. I particularly appreciated comparison of the different models with their strengths & possible shortcomings. I am so entrenched in the Medical & Psychodynamic models that the Trauma Informed & Indigenous models were refreshing to be introduced to (I first learned about Trauma Informed Care just last year & these courses have filled in facts & ideas that were new to me).

Clear, concise & informing me what we are about to explore.

by Ann Hart
This presented interesting facts & information. I particularly appreciated comparison of the different models with their strengths & possible shortcomings. I am so entrenched in the Medical & Psychodynamic models that the Trauma Informed & Indigenous models were refreshing to be introduced to (I first learned about Trauma Informed Care just last year & these courses have filled in facts & ideas that were new to me).