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This course will explore the topic of emotional and psychological trauma and how to provide caring, compassionate, and empathetic services that are trauma-informed. Trauma doesn’t discriminate; it affects people of every race, age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level. Trauma can be a single isolated event or a series of events, and a traumatic experience involves some type of a threat to one’s physical or emotional well-being and can bring out feelings of terror, helplessness, and lack of control and power.
Traumatic experiences can impact and alter an individual’s perception of themselves, their world, and the people around them and can disrupt the victim’s biological, cognitive, and emotional functioning as well as their identity, relationships, and social interactions.
As service providers, it is imperative that we implement care and services that follow the tenets and principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).
In this course, you will learn about several principles and tenets of TIC. You will be challenged and inspired to provide the best care possible to those who have been affected by the ravages of traumatic experiences.
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|Section 1: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care|
Trauma is difficult to understand. It can’t be viewed narrowly but must be understood broadly and take into account biological, psychological, interpersonal, community, and societal factors. In this lecture, we’ll explore several definitions and key concepts of trauma.
Emotional and psychological trauma isn’t as cut and dry as we once thought. In this lecture, we will highlight the objectives for this course.
|Section 2: Understanding Trauma and Its Effects|
Several definitions of trauma exist. Trauma can be described as any event that overwhelms a person’s capacity to cope and has long-lasting impact. In this lecture, you will learn about the many types of situations and events that are traumatic.
Trauma affects our bodies and physiology in a number of ways. In this lecture, we will explore several systems of the body and uncover the effects of trauma.
|Section 3: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study|
ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. In this lesson, we’ll examine the ground-breaking ACE study and explore how adverse childhood traumatic experiences affect health later in life.
In this lecture we will explore the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences study.
|Section 4: Trauma Informed Care|
In this lecture we’ll introduce you to the concept of Trauma-Informed Care. In healthcare and human services settings, emotional and psychological trauma often goes unnoticed, ignored, or unaddressed. Providing trauma-informed care is powerful and can set an individual on a path toward healing from past traumatic experiences.
In this lecture, we’ll explore the 6 fundamental principles of Trauma-Informed Care.
In this lecture, we’ll explore the 10 implementation domains of Trauma-Informed Care.
|Section 5: Responding to Trauma|
Caring, appropriate, and empathic responses to those who share their past traumatic experiences can be beneficial and healing to the victim. In this lecture, we’ll help you be supportive, encouraging, and compassionate during trauma disclosures.
In this lecture, we’ll condense and highlight the important points so that you can effectively implement Trauma-Informed Care in your practice.
|Section 6: Conclusion|
One of the most important tasks you have to accomplish in helping a trauma victim is to manage your own trauma and stress. In this lecture, we’ll explore vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue.
In this lecture we’ll review the concepts learned. Understanding trauma and its impact on lives and society as a whole is perhaps our generation’s new germ theory. It is up to us to share the information about this public health concern of trauma.
I have a passion and desire to bring others to greater levels of health and wellness. With over ten years of emergency and trauma room experience as an RN I bring a seasoned, yet fresh approach to health and wellness education. I have worked with top education companies as an instructional designer. I had an acting career that lasted a microsecond. I love to develop educational materials utilizing sound principles of pedagogy and multimedia theory.
Academic Stuff: Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2001 from University of North Carolina- Charlotte. Masters in Healthcare Leadership from University of California, Davis
Work Experience Stuff: ER/Trauma Nurse, Medical Consultant, Correctional Medicine, Instructional Designer, Entrepreneur, Web developer, Videographer
Stuff I Like to Do: Travel, read, anything death defying, golf, exercise, eat
Places I've Lived: Japan, North Carolina, Georgia, California
Places I've Visited: Japan, Saipan, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Korea, India, Haiti, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Mexico
Places I Want To Visit: New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Kansas
Embarrassing Moment? “About thirty seconds before giving a speech, I spilled water in my lap from a water bottle. There was no podium to hide behind, so I just started the speech out by saying I was just diagnosed with early-onset urinary incontinence. It took about ten minutes to dry and it was quite embarrassing. Note to self-no water before giving a speech."
If I had a robot what would you train it to do? "Give me daily deep tissue shiatsu massages."
Proud Moment? “I had the great honor of being chosen as an honoree for The REAL Awards. These awards highlight the work of health workers around the globe. I was honored and humbled to be a recipient of this award. It was a great pleasure to be able to meet Bill Clinton and represent millions of health workers around the globe who help save lives every day."