Volume 5 • Issue 12 • December 2020
Uplift Family Services is a trauma-informed agency, providing whole person care through resilience-oriented, data-driven, culturally sensitive services. We believe in the power of staff investment, advocacy and collaboration as we partner with individuals, families, and communities to heal from the widespread impact of trauma.
COVID in the Moment
December is traditionally a time to reflect on the past and look to the future. But in this most unusual December, Lionhearted will instead take look at some COVID-related issues in the present.
Needless to say
First, you’ll be glad to know that the editors feel no need to nag you yet again about self-care and following basic precautions. We assume you are still doing these things, so we won’t even mention them…
Bursting those bubbles
Are you part of a bubble – friends and families who get together without masks, etc.? OK, listen: just because you like and trust someone does not mean they won’t be shedding virus the next time you see them. The virus has never been more widespread than it is right now, so please stop bubbling.
Update on Public Health Orders
Californians have been under orders since March to avoid non-essential activities, but restrictions have been relatively limited. Recently, the state and some counties have ramped up the restrictions. Here are highlights from this California state website.
All Californians are currently required to wear a face covering when not at home. There are exceptions, including being the only person in an office or other type of room. (By the way for good info on masks, try this site.)
The state has been divided into 5 regions. When ICU availability falls under 15%, a regional order goes into effect for at least 3 weeks (see here & here for details).This includes a ban on private gatherings of any size (remember that whole bubble thing?), limits on businesses, and quarantine for anyone arriving in the state on non-essential travel. As of Dec. 11, regional restrictions apply to the Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Regions. They have also been adopted by Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties, as well as the City of Berkeley. For counties not under a regional order, the tier system (purple, orange, etc.) still applies.
Counties can also add their own restrictions. For your county’s status, see Uplift’s Coronavirus Resources page.
Six trauma-informed Dialogue Values are encouraged at Uplift, but in a world where everyone is stressed, they can be helpful in any conversation:
1. Make conversations safe.
2. Dare to have trust in others and in the process. Earn their trust in you.
3. Tap into your courage: say what is important even when that is hard.
4. Practice humility, which allows you to make space for others.
5. Be curious: listen well and ask questions.
6. Practice grace toward all, including yourself.
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
As you reflect on these historic times, may your hindsight, like the year itself, be 20-20: may you see past the worry and loss to moments of joy and accomplishment. And may our growth from the challenges of 2020 serve us well in 2021.
Editors: Mark Edelstein & Elika Beckwith