Breakout Session: Trauma, Coping, Resources, and Well Being Among Older Adults
June 20, 2019 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT
Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor, Baccalaureate Social Work Program, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
Traumatic events are widely acknowledged to have long-term impacts on younger individuals, yet we have only recently begun to assess for and gain an understanding of trauma in the lives of older adults. For many older adults, trauma is often overlooked as being either a distant past event (e.g. child abuse) or a normal part of aging (e.g. widowhood). This session will discuss trauma-informed care – looking at how past and recent events can be traumatic for older adults and how to assess and plan for the prevention of re-traumatization.
- Provide examples of the types and timing of traumatic events that must be considered when working with older adult
- Apply a trauma informed framework to work with older adults in different practice settings
- Access three different resources that are available for further learning on this topic.