• Use Of A Trauma Informed Care Framework To Create Bidirectional Learning Opportunities In A Critical Service Learning Curriculum

      Jones, Nora L. (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      Addressing childhood trauma is increasingly being recognized as a priority in public health, healthcare and health policy sectors. As evidence mounts that the effects of trauma are both graded and dose responsive, stakeholders in healthcare are turning more attention to preventing and addressing experiences of trauma in childhood, commonly referred to as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Trauma Informed Care (TIC), is a promising clinical approach attuned to the specific needs of traumatized patients that is still in its infancy with regards to training and evaluation of practitioner skills. Although physicians of all specialties will encounter patients who have experienced trauma, few undergraduate medical education curriculums provide formal training in TIC. Additionally, the approach to TIC in clinical settings has largely been biomedical and individual, with a focus on screening and treatment. This model ignores the role that communities play in both propagating trauma and generating resiliency. Urban academic medical centers, often geographically located in highly traumatized communities, must take a specific interest in developing TIC research, theory and praxis that includes and empowers communities. Service learning, a form of experiential education that cultivates self-awareness in students while simultaneously meeting community objectives, is a pedagogy that aligns with a community driven TIC framework. This thesis outlines the implementation of a community driven, bi-directional TIC learning model designed to serve the needs of medical students and low income K-8th grade students living in the geographic catchment of an urban, academic medical center.