Introducing You to a Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Healthcare

Trauma Informed Care

The experience of emotional and psychological trauma is no great respecter of persons and is a near universal occurrence.

Trauma affects individuals of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic levels. Research has increasingly uncovered the centrality of trauma as a contributor, and perhaps causative agent, to such disease processes as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease . The term trauma has historically been prescribed to only events and experiences that are extraordinary, cataclysmic, or catastrophic in nature such as war, natural disasters, or physical and sexual abuse. However, experiences such as loss of power, household dysfunction, and neglect are now being recognized as common and pervasive and have been found to have lifelong adverse effects upon the victim.
This newfound understanding of trauma challenges traditionally held beliefs and assumptions that trauma and its effects should be handled solely by mental and social work services. Healthcare professionals must then evaluate whether or not to view trauma as a threat to public health and to take steps to integrate Trauma-Informed Care into every sector of the healthcare industry.
The toll of trauma is multi-faceted, and its reverberations are felt by the traumatized victim as well as the healthcare system and workforce. Healthcare providers’ ignorance related to trauma and subsequent failures to provide adequate care and services can cause a cascade of events such as increased healthcare costs and provider burden.

Literature on trauma and trauma theory is abundant; however, literature and research related to Trauma-Informed Care is sparse, and care models remain ill-defined, creating a gap in the number of available resources for healthcare providers.

Trauma-Informed Care is an emerging concept and has many facets and dimensions.

Trauma-Informed Care involves understanding, identifying, and addressing trauma, its prevalence, and the toll it takes upon a victims’ health and well-being. Additionally, Trauma-Informed Care endeavors to guide all members of the healthcare workforce to respond to the traumatized in a caring and compassionate manner and to provide appropriate guidance and services. TIC is not a specialized set of practices and therapies but is a set of principles and activities that can be implemented in all healthcare settings (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative, 2012).

Due to the pervasiveness of trauma and the lack of available resources, we here at are in the throes of developing a course  to introduce the concept of trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.

Although online education modules concerning the topic of trauma and Trauma-Informed Care exist, they are primarily tailored to social services and mental health settings, and none have been found that utilize a multimedia e-learning platform. The creation of this e-learning course was guided by and rooted in sound pedagogical principles of Cognitive Multimedia Learning Theory (CTML) and the ADDIE model of program development. This course will serve to increase appreciation and convey the pervasiveness of trauma and the relevance of Trauma-Informed Care. Furthermore, it is our hope here at that an understanding of trauma and Trauma-Informed Care will guide, direct, and initiate healthcare professionals and practitioners in providing a more holistic and integrated approach in meeting the unique and dynamic needs of those who have experienced trauma. Click on the Preview below!

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