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During our preparation phase, with funding from PCORI, we developed free online training modules that are designed for everyone – anyone interested in learning more about trauma and contributing to improving patient care and research related to trauma. Behavioral health, social service, and peer support providers can earn up to 3 free CEU’s. Training participants will learn basic information about trauma and trauma-informed care, patient-centered research, and doing research together in a trauma-informed manner.

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Description of Training Components

Part 1: The Importance of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care for Primary Care Patients

This 60-minute video first reviews the prevalence of trauma in American adults and impacts of trauma on physical and behavioral health, reviewing seminal and recent research studies. Next, presenters review principles and practices of trauma-informed care, an organization-level intervention to promote safety and empowerment for individuals and families served by the organization. The training ends with a review of how trauma-informed care can be adapted for healthcare settings. This video includes statements from individuals who have experienced trauma, discussing its importance, impacts, and healing. 

Part 2: Research Fundamentals: Preparing You to Successfully Contribute to Patient-Centered Research

This is a self-guided training developed by PCORI. It reviews basic principles and practices of patient-centered research, offered by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This unit reviews the importance and benefits of including diverse stakeholders (e.g., patients, caregivers, clinicians, policymakers) as members of research teams that help plan, conduct, and disseminate research. It also reviews strategies for diverse stakeholders to engage in patient-centered research. 

Part 3: Doing Trauma-Informed, Patient-Centered Research Together

In this 60-minute video, the presenters discuss strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders into research in a trauma-informed manner, so that all stakeholders feel safe and empowered to collaborate as research partners. The presenters apply the basic principles of trauma-informed care to research, using examples from their existing partnership of patients and other stakeholders who are developing research to address trauma in primary care settings. This video includes statements from individuals who have experienced trauma, discussing their experiences and reasons for collaborating on research.