Trauma-informed Health Care When You're Not "Doing Therapy"

Date and Time

January 30, 2023
3 pm - 5 pm EST

Register for Class

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of two (2) continuing education hours.

  • Trauma-informed care is more than just the newest catch phrase: it’s a paradigmatic shift away from delineating the traumas themselves, and aids the clinician in focusing on a person having traumatic responses. In healthcare, where long-term trauma therapy is not often the focus of work, helping clinicians better understand how trauma-informed care can help them provide better, more attuned and more regulating interventions, no matter how short the session time (or even if you’re sitting on a patient’s bedside commode for the meeting). The role of trauma-informed stabilization and psychoeducation in healthcare will be explored. Recognizing how our bodies respond to adversity, and how this manifests in and is impacted by the experience of illness and healthcare, can better inform targeted, short-term interventions and crisis work. 

    The class is experiential and may be evocative, and requires focused, active participation and reflection.


    Social workers who take this course will be able to:

    1. Explain the basic tenets of somatic trauma paradigms as they relate to serious illness and caregiving. 
    2. Describe symptoms of traumatic responses in patients
    3. Identify three interventions appropriate for bedside or outpatient intervention
  • Abby Nathanson Headshot

    Abigail Nathanson, DSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, ACS

    Abigail Nathanson is a trauma therapist and a palliative social worker. Dr. Nathanson is also part-time faculty at New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she teaches Grief, Loss & Bereavement, and co-editor of the forthcoming book, The Practice of Clinical Social Work in Healthcare from Springer Press. Her clinical practice focuses on serious illness and grief work, and she has 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare. She holds advanced designations in Clinical Supervision and in Palliative Care, and post-graduate training in EMDR, AEDP and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy. Dr. Nathanson received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Social Work from New York University. 

  • Class fees are listed below:

    • Full Tuition - $60
    • GSS Alumni - $50
    • Current Field Instructor - $50
    • Current Adjunct Faculty - $50
    • SWHPN Member - $50
    • 3+ members registering from one agency - $40 per registration
    • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $40
    • Veterans - $40
    • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $40
    • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $30
    • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $30
    • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $30
    • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

    Continuing Education Hours

    Completion of this class will result in the receipt of two (2) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

  • You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class by the day before the class. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE LINK BY THIS TIME, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. 

    You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

    If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

    It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

    Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at c[email protected] at least a few days before the class.