What you'll learn

  • Comprehensive and concise update on the role of trauma-informed care in mainstream clinical practice.

  • Guidance on identifying and treating traumatized patients and family members.

  • Learn how to evaluate and counsel traumatized patients using a culturally-effective Trauma Story approach.

     

  • Obtain strategies to improve the clinical relationship and clinical outcomes of culturally-diverse patients.

     

  • Understand the important role of trauma-informed care in nursing.

  • Master the special attention needed to care for highly-traumatized patients.

Course description

In this course, a multidisciplinary group of experts will present on optimizing the role of trauma-informed care in mainstream clinical practice. The number of traumatized patients in a primary healthcare setting is estimated at 23% of all patient visits. This includes early life experiences related to childhood abuse, gender-based violence, and the tragedies experienced in everyday life, including serious medical illnesses. Most primary health care practitioners have also encountered individuals coming from war zones, armed conflict, and other disasters who have experienced torture, rape, and other highly traumatizing life events in addition to displacement and forced migration. This course includes not only a comprehensive introduction to the TIC model, but also culturally-valid and evidence-based instruments to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of culturally diverse patients. The TIC physical exam, the neuroscience of trauma, stress, and resiliency, counseling, the Trauma Story, coping with the challenges of emergency nursing, and self-care will be addressed.

The majority of health practitioners are well aware of the traumatic life experiences of their patients and their families. However, few have been trained in eliciting the patient’s trauma story, identifying, and treating trauma-related illnesses, and the counseling of traumatized persons and family members. Plus, health practitioners have the burden of time constraints and the challenges of multitasking for a heavy caseload. In addition, highly traumatized patients can cause considerable empathic distress in the health care worker.

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) has four (4) decades of pioneering the care of highly traumatized patients in the USA and abroad. HPRT has worked closely with the creators of the Trauma-Informed Care Movement at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and has participated in the integration of trauma informed care into primary health care for all patients.

This course includes not only a comprehensive introduction to the trauma informed care model, but also culturally valid and evidence-based instruments to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of culturally diverse patients. Counseling, the Trauma Story, coping with the challenges of nursing, preparing to engage the refugee/immigrant patient, and self-care will also be addressed.

A multi-disciplinary team of nationally recognized experts will provide technical assistance and knowledge transfer suitable for everyday practice of clinical care.

Recordings of all sessions will be made available for viewing online, at your convenience, for 60 days after the conclusion of the course.

This course is targeted to Physicians in Psychiatry, Primary Care, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Residents, Interns, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Medical Students and Healthcare Practitioners caring for refugees, immigrants and other highly traumatized populations. 

Contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu with questions.


*Register before November 30, 2023 to receive the discounted price. 

 

 

 

 

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