It is crucial to be aware of one's own values, biases, and personal experiences as these may create blind spots which limit the identification of strengths in families.
Trauma, if left unresolved, can impact effective engagement with families. Sometimes working with families can trigger one's emotions. These emotions are often not recognized or on a level that is conscious. These triggered emotions are often linked to one's own past experiences and issues that may not have been fully resolved. The reaction may be visceral or physiological like a tightening in the chest, upset stomach, tense muscles or clenched jaw. When triggered, it is best to be still and take a few moments to become present and mindful. Connecting with colleagues for peer support, reflection, processing, continued healing, and growth will improve practice.