Nursing Grand Rounds: Laying the Foundation: Essential Concepts in the Provision of Trauma Responsive Care

Effective patient services require not only an understanding of the basics of trauma, but also its effects on the human mind, body, and soul. Trauma informed care requires an ability to recognize the effects of traumatic experiences and the prevalence of those effects in individuals seeking medical and mental health care. A thorough understanding of the constellation of symptoms and mental health presentations of traumatized clients, the neurobiology of trauma, and application of Judith Herman’s Tri-phasic trauma intervention model will be addressed. Participants will learn to support clients who have difficulty making gains due to inability to regulate emotionally or physiologically, and to apply proactive strategies attuned to the complex needs of traumatized clients. 

Target Audience

This CNE course is designed for RNs, LPNs, social workers, and healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the effects of traumatic experiences on clients and the prevalence of those effects in individuals seeking medical services
  • Learn different forms of trauma and the impact of trauma across the lifespan
  • Implement Herman’s Tri-phasic trauma intervention model in client care
  • Identify concrete strategies for providing trauma-responsive services, regardless of the duration of care

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 ASWB
  • 1.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This course will be presented via a recorded presentation.


Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW
President and CEO
Northeast Youth and Family Services
Minneapolis, MN

Course Director
Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science 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 Statements

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 ANCC contact hours. 

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual  courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 clinical continuing education credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 ASWB
  • 1.25 Attendance
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for cancellations must be submitted in writing to