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Putting Trauma-Informed Care into Practice in the Perinatal Setting (Part 3 of 3) - Birth Trauma Mitigation and Use of the Plan of Safe Care in Supportive Communication

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Putting Trauma-Informed Care into Practice in the Perinatal Setting (Part 3 of 3) - Birth Trauma Mitigation and Use of the Plan of Safe Care in Supportive Communication, 9/29/2021 8:00:00 AM - 9/29/2024 9:00:00 AM, In this 3 hour workshop series, participants will expand their awareness of trauma-informed care and compassionate communication and the impact it has on caring for families in the perinatal setting. We will examine the evidence behind and foundations of the trauma-informed lens to identify the purpose for compassionate communication and equitable care, the barriers to it, and the strategies and skills needed to improve upon it. We will use real world, challenging scenarios to examine habits and build new pathways to interacting with clients and patients to effectively express compassion and improve the quality of care. The population of focus will be families affected by trauma, health inequity, perinatal substance exposure and birth trauma.

Farrah Sheehan Deselle, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Eat Sleep Console and Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Specialist

Learning Outcome(s)
At the end of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to design a plan of care that utilizes a trauma-informed approach when interacting with women and their families during the perinatal period.

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
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• Johann Hari – “Chasing the Scream” 2015
• TED Talk - Johann Hari: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong?
• National Council for Behavioral Health -
• SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach -
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorder -
• Trauma Informed Care Project -
• Atwood, E., Sollender, G., Hsu, E. et al. (2016). A qualitative study of family experience with hospitalization for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Hospital Pediatrics 6, 626–632. 
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