Event date: 4/29/2023 Export event
Mark Wills
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Trauma-Informed Social Work in the ICU & Across the Inpatient Spectrum of Critical Illness

NASW California

According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the majority of people who have survived Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hospitalizations go on to develop significant and disabling psychological and neurocognitive disorders. Despite this, little action has been taken to reduce or mitigate the trauma that occurs in the ICU and across the inpatient spectrum of critical illness; as such, there is a great deal of room for social workers to step into a supportive role for patients and families along the inpatient spectrum of critical illness.

Join us on April 29 to to learn how social workers can use trauma-informed care to identify, reduce, and mitigate potentially traumatic events in the ICU and strategies to transition patients and their families into step-down units across hospital settings and prepare them for discharge. The participants will also discuss how trauma-informed care maps onto currently accepted evidence-based ICU medicine with the goal of getting buy-in from other members of the ICU team (physicians, nurses, respiratory, and rehabilitation therapists). The content incorporates short lectures from a professor of social work and a nationally recognized patient advocate, discussions, and role-playing exercises.

Course objectives:
  • Identify commonly overlooked traumas and stressors that affect critically ill patients and their families in the ICU and other hospital settings
  • Explain the importance of trauma-informed care in these settings
  • Assess for psycho-social-medical risks and protective factors, including intersectional demographics and social identities, that may affect patient and their families experiencing critical illness in hospital settings
  • Describe and discuss medical, psychological, and social interventions developed to reduce delirium and other consequences of critical illness in the ICU and across the spectrum of inpatient hospital care
  • Implement trauma-informed evidence-based social work strategies to improve patient and family coping and grounding skills and mitigate related complicated health-related outcomes
  • Communicate and explain these concepts and strategies to patients, families, and others on the interdisciplinary care team

Register for Trauma-Informed Social Work in the ICU & Across the Inpatient Spectrum of Critical Illness at https://www.naswca.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1729400&group=.
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