Trauma-Informed Care in Medical Education and Clinical Practice: Creating Space for Courageous Conversations
Thursday, December 16, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
While trauma is often seen as the result of discrete events or episodes, it is increasingly clear that trauma is best conceptualized as an event or set of circumstances that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. With the current COVID-19 health crisis and the increased prevalence of social movements focused on addressing racial inequality and social justice issues, it is necessary to broaden our collective understanding of trauma to include the experiences of individuals overwhelmed by global grief, systemic racism, and discrimination, among others.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is being championed in the delivery of social services, education, health care and other areas with the goal of understanding and attending to the needs of individuals impacted by trauma. Organizations educating the next generation of health professionals should be aware that trauma impacts not just patients and client populations, but also learners and staff alike. By adopting the guiding principles of TIC: safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment; educational institutions take the brave step to uncloak hidden curricula, bias, and discrimination and help create within their systems a culture of compassion wellbeing, equity, and social justice.
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