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Trauma-Informed Care: What it is and Why it’s Important

Presented on January 24, 2019

Life trauma can lead to lifestyle practices that influence development of chronic illness. Understanding past traumatic events in individuals' lives can be key to effective care. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with a history of life trauma that recognizes trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma plays in their lives.This session explores how trauma-informed care can be used by skilled nursing providers with individuals who have experienced pervasive adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).Participants will learn about the Three E’s of Trauma: Events, Experiences, and Effects and how these shape our residents’ responses to care and our employees’ approach to caregiving.The principles of trauma-informed care are reviewed, and participants are provided specific strategies to implement in their sites.This includes addressing trauma in our own employees and how it affects daily work. This session provides suggestions for using the five guiding principles of trauma-informed care: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, as the best clinical practice.Finally, the 10 domains of implementation are discussed, and probing questions are presented that will assist each facility in determining readiness to implement this paradigm shift.

Learning Objectives
By the completion of the presentation, attendees will:

  • Define trauma and the pervasive impact that trauma has in an individual’s life.
  • Describe what is meant by a trauma-informed approach to care.
  • List the key principles and essential components of a trauma-informed approach.
  • Identify the suggested guidance for implementing a trauma-informed approach.
  • Describe the concept of trauma in the context of community.
  • Identify regulatory guidelines related to trauma-informed care in skilled nursing facilities.
Who Should Attend
Administrators, Nursing Staff, Unit Managers, Social Workers, Activities Personnel and Care Managers.

Continuing Education Credit
Nursing Home Administrators – This session is intended to meet the criteria established by the Iowa Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for 1.5 contact hours.No partial credit allowed.Retain certificate for four years.

Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #67 – 1.5 contact hours.Providership regulations do not allow for partial credit to be given for any portion of this program.Retain certificate for four years.

Social Workers – 1.5 contact hours.This program is intended to meet the criteria established by the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners.If audited, you will be asked to provide your certificate of attendance and program material.Retain certificate for four years.

For other long term support and service provider professionals not listed above: Most licensure boards, credentialing agencies and professional organizations have processes that allow individuals to earn a certain number of CEUs for non-preapproved programs and/or to accommodate self-submission for approval of continuing education hours after the event takes place with proper documentation from the program sponsors. Most also require information objectives, date/time of presentation, agendas, faculty bios and number of hours earned. If you require information for this purpose, please contact Amy Huisman in advance for assistance.

Registration Information
This program recording is approximately 90 minutes in length. Registration fees include access to the recording and handouts for this program, as well as a CEU/attendance certificate for one user. Once you purchase the program, unlimited viewing of the recording content will be available using the registrant login information for 30 days.

Registration Fees
Members $40
Non-Members $60