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Dartmouth College

Calming and De-Escalation

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Calming and De-Escalation, 2/4/2022 8:00:00 AM - 2/4/2025 8:00:00 AM, This 30 minute video reviews strategies for calming and de-escalation with patients, focused both on working with children and their parents. This includes ways to give the patient a sense of control, ways to modify your voice and body language, naming emotions, and a focus on regulation. Dr. Barnett briefly discusses validation and empathy.

Erin Barnett, PhD, Assistant Professor Geisel School of Medicine; Principal Investigator for multiple grants, including Upper Valley Project Launch; Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center

Learning Outcome(s)
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to describe concrete techniques for de-escalating pediatric patients and families in order to provide more trauma-informed care.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**. 

* A “financial relationship" includes employee, researcher (named as the PI), consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and/or an ownership interest (not including stocks owned in a managed portfolio).

** An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients

Bibliographic Material
•Bolick, T. (2004). Asperger’s Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World. Quarto Publishing Group.
•Bolick, T. (2001). Low and Slow Handout. 
•Siegel, D. & Payne Bryson, T. (2011). The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks
• Siegel, D. (2014). Name it to tame it
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
• "Sadness Comforts Bingbong"
• "Brene Brown on Empathy"

Further resource and infographics:

Echo Training
• "How to support someone who has experienced trauma"
• "Trauma-informed support for children"
• "Do’s and Don’ts of a trauma-informed classroom"
National Child Traumatic Stress Network


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