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adverse childhood experiences, interprofessional education, nursing students, trauma, trauma-informed care



  1. Fiske, Elizabeth PhD, RN, CNE
  2. Reed Ashcraft, Kellie PhD, MSW
  3. Hege, Adam PhD, MPA, CHES
  4. Harmon, Kristin MSW, LCSW, CCTP


Background: Health care professionals need to recognize trauma exposure and provide trauma-informed care. There is a concomitant need to develop resilience when working in this context.


Problem: We recognized the need to educate future health care professionals to provide trauma-informed care, develop resilience skills, and collaborate with other disciplines to provide this care.


Approach: We used a systematic instructional design process and an interprofessional approach to design and deliver the course. We utilized a range of resources and approached the course from micro, meso, and macro perspectives.


Outcomes: Through purposeful design, we developed a course that was well-aligned with our objectives. Assessments provided documentation that students achieved the learning outcomes.


Conclusions: The course educated future health care professionals on trauma-informed care. Students gained valuable experience that will help them contribute to interprofessional teams in the future. Students also practiced resilience techniques essential for health care professionals.