The Sheway way : how to sustain and enhance interdisciplinary practice for clients with complex trauma [article]

Linoy Alkalay, University, My, Alisa Harrison
In partnership with the Sheway program this engaged, and action-oriented research project examined how interdisciplinary practice can be sustained and enhanced in order to provide effective trauma-informed care for clients with complex-trauma. The Sheway program is located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and serves clients who use substances and are pregnant or have recently been pregnant. In this project participants were recruited from the Sheway team and were first surveyed to answer on the
more » ... current state of Sheway's interdisciplinary practice, they then participated in a community-based method, a scavenger hunt, to explore their ideal state of interdisciplinary practice. The data was thematically analyzed and relationships between the current state and ideal state were created. Finally, a liberating structure in a large group method was used to generate critical reflection on those relationships and identify the structural barriers the Sheway team faces and the structural supports that would need to be implemented to sustain and enhance the interdisciplinary practice. This study found the ability to hold tension, emphasis on connection, and flexibility were key to sustaining the program. This study also found that structured debriefing, integrating Indigenous practice, and strengthening connection with community as ways to enhance the Sheway program.
doi:10.25316/ir-17612 fatcat:qnxchujmqnh33lwlylstpylwra