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Most people in the United States have experienced some degree of psychological trauma in their lives. Community health workers and patient navigators are very likely to meet and work with people who have experienced trauma and will need knowledge of “trauma-informed care” to help them in effective ways.

The intent of this course is to provide an introduction to what trauma-informed care is and how to use it. This will increase your confidence in applying this approach within your scope of practice so that the people you are helping are more likely to benefit from working with you.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Increase trauma awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness using a person-centered approach.
  • Define trauma, its prevalence and impact on the brain and body
  • Recognize common behaviors that often present when people have a history of trauma.
  • Explore your own perspective toward traumatized individuals and ways to support your own self-care.
  • Understand guiding principles of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Enhance confidence incorporating principles of Trauma-Informed Care

Time Required

1.5 hours

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