What is TIPC

Physicians are smart, tough, durable, resourceful people. If there was a way to MacGyver themselves out of this situation by working harder, smarter, or differently, they would have done it already.

- Simon G. Talbot & Wendy Dean; STAT 7.18

Burnout, Secondary Trauma & Moral Injury

Healthcare workers are currently on the battlefield, experiencing both primary and vicarious trauma real-time. The pandemic will continue for many months to come, and we can expect that frontline physicians and providers will stagger out of the far side of the experience with significant injury.

For more than a decade, industry experts – and practitioners themselves – sounded the alarm regarding trauma and moral injury among physicians. The unrelenting crises of 2020 accelerated and intensified both the rate and severity of injury.

Meanwhile the terms resiliency and burnout continue to be used in ways that imply physicians are to blame for their exhaustion, unhappiness and anger. The suggestion that medical professionals lack resilience is, in fact, the weaponization of decades of TOO MUCH resilience: too willing to adapt, too willing to work harder and longer, and too willing to sacrifice self at the altar of medicine and humanity.

Lodestar's trademarked Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Mitigation methodologies mindfully and intentionally hold space for all the emotions that may arise in this time of unrelenting caustic stress. Our coaches are highly experienced, boundlessly compassionate, and extraordinarily skilled at working with clients as they transition from unrecognized, unmitigated pain into spaces where it is named, metabolized and converted into sources of insight and wisdom. 

Trauma-Informed Professional Coaching (TIPC™) is solutions-oriented, deeply empathic, and particularly well-suited to moving healthcare professionals through the trauma of times such as these.

Physicians often are reluctant to seek help out of fear...

Physicians have historically been reluctant to seek therapy due to real or perceived fears of licensure and reputation. However, in recent years they have become increasingly receptive to professional coaching specifically because it is goal oriented, solutions seeking and proactive – all of which appeal to the baseline characteristics and personalities of most healthcare professionals. 

Physicians are high-achieving and fully committed to the health and lives of their patient’s, and they also are programmed – by years of schooling and intensive, sometimes brutal training – to cope alone and with a survivalist mentality. Great coaching facilitates perspective-taking and the shift away from scarcity or fear-based thinking and into abundance and opportunity.

Rarely do engaged physicians become burned out

The importance of feeling safe and heard by a colleague who understands the demands and challenges of the profession, and who is willing to hold space in non-judgement as fears and anger are processed cannot be overstated

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Coaching is not therapy. However, great coaching can be incredibly therapeutic.



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