Trauma Informed Care: Resilience and Vulnerability


The first in our series of Hot Topics “Growing Person-Centeredness” webinars.

Guide: Dr Susan Wehry, a geriatric pyschiatrist, is Chief of Geriatrics at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM).

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Dr. Susan Wehry

Adverse life events–including adverse childhood events (ACEs)–can affect us throughout our lifespan.  As the number of these events increases, so does the risk for negative health and diminished well-being. This is true for both caregivers and residents of long-term care. However, even in the face of trauma, people still possess an ability to return to being healthier and more hopeful, with less caregiver burnout.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship between person-centered and trauma-informed care
  2. Define trauma, trauma-informed care, resilience and vulnerability
  3. Nurture resilience
  4. List resources for providing a trauma-informed approach to care

Dr. Wehry has authored research and articles on aging and mental health, including the Oasis 2.0 curriculum and a recent study published on JAMA, Association of a Communication Training Program With Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes.

I am determined to turn the tables on stigma and ageism. I am convinced we can all age successfully. This is true for young and old, for people with and without disabilities and for people with and without dementia.