August 6, 2013, 1-2:30 pm Eastern Time
In the U.S., 61 percent of men and 51 percent of women report exposure to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, with many reporting more than one. For individuals with mental or substance use disorders, traumatic life events are the rule rather than the exception. These adverse life experiences have been found to be a risk factor for a variety of serious health conditions and are likely to contribute to an individual’s avoidance of and discomfort with medical procedures in primary and specialty care. As Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded safety-net providers expand their behavioral health capacity to serve clients, trauma-informed care will increasingly become an integral part of good medicine. After participation in this SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Services webinar, attendees will:
1) understand the prevalence of adverse life experiences and their effect on a person’s physical and behavioral health;
2) recognize how a history of adverse life experiences affects an individual’s engagement and use of primary care services and strategies to promote an individual’s comfort and engagement with primary care;
3) understand how to integrate a trauma-informed care perspective in day-to-day practice in a practical, feasible way that aligns with the practice of good medicine; and
4) know how to access and use trauma-informed tools designed for primary care settings.