Online Course
An Overview of Trauma Informed Care
Understand the need for trauma-informed care in clinical practice

1-1.5 hours





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Sue Piché
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Sue is a certified Canadian psychiatric and mental health nurse who has considerable experience in many areas of nursing practice.

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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A significant number of people will experience trauma in their lifetimes. World Mental Health surveyed 24 countries and found that 70.4% of respondents experienced lifetime traumas. Therefore, many individuals who need rehabilitation or other healthcare services will have been exposed to some form of trauma and stress. Effective communication and knowledge of trauma-informed care are essential when working with these clients. This course will provide an overview of trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma-informed care.


This course aims to provides an overview of trauma and discuss the importance of trauma-informed care.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading Activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe trauma, trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences
  • summarise the principles of trauma-informed care
Featured reviews
The majority of patients who suffer from pain and chronic physiological pathologies simultaneously suffer from severe trauma related to the emotional body. Therefore, this course is beneficial for better approaching the patient's overall diagnosis on the biopsychosocial level. As such, I strongly recommend that you take this course, which is very informative and presented in a way that is easy to understand.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO