What is the Solution?
The IDC Certificate program uses a layered learning approach to rebuild trust and explore the roots of oppression. These five tracks begin with Inclusive Diabetes Care. Inclusion forms the vision of the organization. Exploring the concept of inclusion helps shift a person’s identity to the felt sense of belonging to a racially diverse group that stands in solidarity supporting all bodies impacted or at risk of diabetes.
The Health Equity in Diabetes Care track creates this program's goal while helping uncover the hidden barriers faced by individuals with or at risk of diabetes. Humanizing the need for ease begins to unlink the many rights denied by people with diabetes and elevated blood sugar. Helping clients experience a felt sense of ease and sustainability is the next step in this five-track program.
Understanding Trauma helps clients experience the felt sense of being seen and heard. This track begins to untangle the impact of historical, intergenerational, persistent-institutional, and personal trauma of racism and intersecting forms of gender, sex, and size oppression on health.
The Counseling track shifts diabetes care from knowledge to connection, helping professionals deepen their non-judgmental, inclusive communication skills. This complex task is practiced with multiple layers of support, including coaching, Motivational Interviewing practice sessions, and small group discussions over the 11-month program. The Counseling track goal is to humanize the knowledge-driven educational sessions to offer a patient-centered therapeutic experience.
The final track strengthens the prevention, identification, reduction, and treatment of disordered eating and coping. It is accomplished by offering a Disordered Eating and Coping track, which includes understanding the interdependent role of the individual and the community. Completing this final track fosters the client and professional in identifying and engaging in a felt sense of kind/wholesome self-care.