It all started with a conversation on a bus.
The idea of the Health Resiliency Stress Questionnaire (HRSQ) was born out of banter between a pediatrician visiting Salt Lake City from the San Francisco Bay Area and me. We happened onto that topic directly after the first Utah-based symposium on Health, Resiliency and Trauma in October 2014. This symposium was sponsored on a shoestring budget by the fledgling group, the Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative.
It was important to me that the symposium was free to all participants because I knew that we, professionals from our community, needed to do a whole lot better with spreading the “good news” that recovery from trauma is possible. My new-found colleague, Dr. Tasneem Ismailji, was one of the guest speakers at the conference. She happened to be in town for a board meeting for the Academy on Violence and Abuse, the consulting organization for the symposium. We had a lot in common, including the objective to spread the good news to the primary care community.
Later that night, I found myself nearly obsessed with creating a tool for primary care providers that could capture both adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the mitigating effect of resiliency characteristics. That conversation on the bus with Dr. Ismailji prodded me to craft an initial design. I wanted it to be clear, concise, quick, and very easy for providers to “glance and go”, meaning, easy for patients to complete and easy for providers to see a pattern and respond accordingly with a brief response that could change everything.
Grandiose? Not really. Just driven to help reshape the way patients/clients are “seen” by their providers. I had already gotten to a point of deep frustration with the lack of trauma-awareness, let alone trauma-informed, anything. Even through my medical, residency, and fellowship training, even through the addiction-treatment center and high-level psychiatric programs for which I had worked, nearly no one acknowledged the importance of trauma as the epicenter for serious health, psychiatric, and psychosocial problems. I had been screaming and no one was listening.
Starting the TRC was the first step, the symposium was the next, and the HRSQ was then the next logical move. And, it started on a bus, from a conversation between strangers.
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