Trauma-Informed Care: What it is and Why it Matters: Three-Part Webinar Series

This three-part webinar series, for local health department and FQHC staff, will explore key concepts around trauma-informed care. From the challenges in the lives of our most vulnerable community members to the global upheaval brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the impacts of trauma all around us. In this series, we will define trauma and examine techniques for reducing its effect in our workplace and in the communities we serve.

Session 1: What is trauma? 
What is the difference between a bad experience and a traumatic event? We will discuss the definition of trauma. We will also examine the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the largest study of its kind that correlates adversity in childhood with the leading causes of early deaths in adults. The neurobiology of trauma sheds light on what interventions lead to healthier out-comes. We will also discuss how positive childhood experiences correlate with resilience.

Session 2: Trauma and marginalized communities 
The marginalization of groups based on race, gender, culture, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. exacerbates the experience of trauma and adversity. We will discuss how racism and other forms of oppression impact individual and community health, as well as how policies and practices aimed at addressing hidden biases support healing and resilience.

Session 3: Helping the helper
Many people come to work in helping professions because of their own experiences with trauma and adversity. In serving individuals that have been impacted by trauma, helpers can be further affected by secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma. We will explore how this happens, as well as strategies to counteract it.

Presented by: Andrus Sanctuary Institute in collaboration with New York State Association of County Health Officials

Region 2 Public Health Training Center