I gotta laugh at the job announcements. I checked through some of the Renfrew ones. Renfrew is known to be the creme de la creme in eating disorders.
“Knowledge of eating disorders preferred.” Huh? Are you guys as shocked as I am over this? This is in all their ads. And haven’t we seen this ourselves? Hirees who know nothing about ED on the floors, totally inexperienced nurses, and even worse, doctors and social workers who don’t even understand the so-called “disorder” the patients have. This is Renfrew, which is considered top-of-the-line. The others are pretty bad that way, too.
A peer respite for ED makes so much more sense. All peers will be hired not based on “training” but based on their own lived experience. I am saddened that it is rare anywhere in MH that the true definition of “peer” is honored. Mostly, they hire if you have a driver’s license, car, and a cell phone! I am saddened over this and hope someday things change.