Integrating Trauma-Informed Behavioral Healthcare with Medical Care: Pivoting to Serve Multiple Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Care Compass Network’s May Lunch and Learn Webinar

In 2020, Ithaca College was awarded an Innovation Fund grant from Care Compass Network that aimed to integrate behavioral health care into medical care for older adults using a trauma-informed elder care model. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ithaca College expanded their target audience to include primary care, hospital-based care, and hospice organizations in addition to long-term care facilities. The program also pivoted to include self-care and stress resilience for medical workers, as this aspect of trauma-informed care emerged as essential during the pandemic. In parallel, Ithaca College is developing a library of training videos on trauma-informed long-term care which will be available in the near future.

Barbara Ganzel, PhD, LMSW, is a research neuroscientist, hospice-trained clinical social worker, with over 20 years of experience in the study of stress and its impact on brain, body, and behavior across the lifespan. She is currently the director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. Dr. Ganzel’s current work focuses on trauma-informed elder care and the development of behavioral approaches to reducing symptoms of stress and psychological trauma for people, at or near, the end of life.