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Dartmouth College

Help for the Helpers: Building a Foundation for Trauma Informed Care

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Help for the Helpers: Building a Foundation for Trauma Informed Care, 1/25/2022 8:00:00 AM - 1/25/2025 9:00:00 AM, This one hour video covers the fundamentals of trauma and how it impacts the body and brain, an overview of the principles of trauma-informed care, some trauma-informed strategies and de-escalation tips, and a reminder that this work can cause secondary traumatic stress with some basic ideas for how to combat that.

Heather Wilcoxon is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the State of VT and NH and works as the Assistant Division Director for Children, Youth & Families with HCRS. Heather has experience working with children and families, adults, crisis evaluations in a hospital setting and medical social service work through a Hospice program for many years.

Learning Outcome(s)
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss how a history of traumatic stress, including adverse childhood experiences, necessitates a trauma-informed approach to patient 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 Resources

• Felitti, V.J., & Anda, R.F. (2014). The Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. In Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment: Sexual Abuse and Psychological Maltreatment, (Vol. 2, pp. 203-216). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc.
• Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V., et al (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14, 245-258.
• 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.
• Shonkoff, J. P. (2016). Capitalizing on Advances in Science to Reduce the Health Consequences of Early Childhood Adversity. JAMA Pediatr, 170(10), 1003-1007.
• van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Group.


• CDC ACEs website
• Center on the Developing Child at Harvard [Key Concepts]


• Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, by Kristen Souers and Pete Hall
• Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, by Lauren van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

Recommended Videos:

• Nadine Burke Harris Ted Talk
• Center on the Developing Child at Harvard – Three Core Concepts videos
• “The Resilience Effect”

Further resources and infographics:

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


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