Trauma-Informed Care Self-Paced

Trauma-Informed Care Self-Paced 

Trauma survivors have unique care needs that must be incorporated into the plan of care in order to attain or maintain the highest level of health and well-being of the resident. The use of trauma-informed care requires staff to understand types of traumatic experiences and their impact on residents, recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, that some trauma survivors may experience, triggers residents may have, and care strategies that can eliminate these triggers and prevent re-traumatization. This course illustrates the incorporation of trauma-informed care into the person-centered, culturally competent plan of care in long-term care facilities.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (0 Match)

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-TIC-R1
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify types of traumatic events.
Recognize the impact that a traumatic event can have on an individual.
Describe post-traumatic stress disorder.
Identify triggers that may be present.
Illustrate ways to implement trauma-informed care.

Section 1: Introduction

A.    About This Course

B.    Learning Objectives

Section 2: Carrying the Wounds of Trauma

A.    Introduction

B.    What is Trauma

C.    Trauma Inducing Events

D.    Cultural and Historical Trauma

E.    Intergenerational Trauma

F.    A History of Intimate Partner Violence

G.    Meet Ronnie

H.    Ronnie's Trauma

I.    Signs of Trauma

J.    Defense Mechanisms

K.    Ronnie's Experiences

L.    Ronnie's Signs of Trauma

M.    Resiliency

N.    Ronnie's Resiliency

O.    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

P.    Trauma and PTSD in Older Adults

Q.    Ronnie's Health Effects

R.    Review

S.    Summary

Section 3: Trauma Informed Care

A.    Greater Understanding in Care

B.    Power Imbalance

C.    Re-Traumatization

D.    Triggers

E.    Trauma-Informed Care: A Working Definition

F.    Principles of Trauma Informed Care

G.    Safety

H.    Feeling Safe

I.    Trust

J.    Collaboration

K.    Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

L.    Empowerment

M.    Recognizing a Survivor's Experience

N.    Janine's Safety

O.    Walking by Janine's Room

P.    Entering the Room

Q.    What Fred Should Have Done

R.    Triggered

S.    Safety Plan

T.    Gender of the Caregiver

U.    Trauma Informed Direct Care

V.    Asking Permission

W.    Providing Direct Care

X.    Assisting Janine With Care

Y.    Janine's Bath

Z.    Cultivating Resilience

A.    Review

B.    Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A.    Summary

B.    Course Contributors

C.    Resource

D.    References

E.    Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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