Putting on Your Trauma Lens: Recognizing and Responding to Child Adversity (On Demand)

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that have watched the on demand materials for Putting on Your Trauma Lens: Recognizing and Responding to Child Adversity.

Expanding evidence from molecular biology, genomics, immunology, and neuroscience demonstrates the strong negative impact of early experiences of adversity on health, development, academic achievement, productivity, and mental illness later in life. Medical providers are increasingly called upon to address trauma and toxic stress but may feel that they lack the time or practical tools to do so. The importance of proper evaluation for, and identification of, trauma issues cannot be overemphasized in its ability to improve outcomes in mental and physical health for both children and adults.

This activity will explore the medical provider’s role in identifying and supporting resilience and healthy attachment styles in daily practice, discuss strategies for the recognition of trauma symptoms and provide an overview of practical tools that can be utilized in the busy clinical setting.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Reliant Medical Group.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in improving knowledge surrounding the evaluation of childhood trauma and learning about strategies to manage the effects of trauma and increase resilience in their patients.  

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the concept of toxic stress and its effects on child and adult health.
  • Discuss recent scientific data on the biology of adversity including the variable response to trauma, epigenetics, and the immunology of stress.
  • Identify a strategy to address the issues of families and children at risk from adversity or impacted by trauma.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Heather Forkey, MD
Chief, Child Protection Program 
Director, Foster Children Evaluation Service 
Medical Director, Lifeline4Kids
Professor of Pediatrics
UMass Memorial Health
Worcester, MA

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Reliant Medical Group. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation statements

Optum Health Education designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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