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Let’s Talk About Trauma: In Health Care


In the USA, the leading cause of death in those younger than 45 years is trauma. It costs the USA $600 billion each year. Despite these sobering figures, this public health epidemic goes largely unrecognized.[i] In this Mindful Medicine Levy Library seminar, we will begin to explore the nature of trauma and its impact on our communities. Current research in trauma and self care for health professionals working with trauma survivors will be discussed. Complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and therapies for trauma will be also explored.

[i] Leonardo, P. "Trauma: A Neglected US Public Health Emergency." The Lancet 388.10056 (2016): 2058.

Tentative Agenda

1:00pm-1:10pm - Refreshments

1:10pm – 1:35pm – Yuval Moses, LCSW, Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC), Mount Sinai West

Title: The Nature of Trauma

Description: What is the nature of trauma and how is it conceptualized? What are effective treatment modalities and why is trauma often under diagnosed? How should health care providers respond to disclosures of trauma by their patients?

1:35pm – 2:00pm – Anuradha Bhagwati, Founder, Yoga for Vets

Title: Complimentary & Alternative Medicine for Trauma Survivors

Description: What happens when traditional health care fails a trauma survivor? Former Marine and Yoga for Vets Founder Anu Bhagwati will discuss her experience as a trauma survivor and how alternative therapies aided in her healing process.

2:00pm – 2:15pm Trauma Research: Getting Started

Description: Mount Sinai West Librarian Jennifer Kaari, MILS, will give provide tips and tricks for Finding Evidence Based CAM Literature & Demographic Information

2:15pm – 2:50pm - Mickie Brown, RN, Deputy Nurse Manager, The Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and World Trade Center Health Program & Dana Kind, Employee Wellness Programs & Initiatives, Mount Sinai Health System

Title: Mindfulness & Trauma and Self Care Resources at Mount Sinai

Description: How does working with victims of violence and survivors of trauma affect health care providers? How can the practice of mindfulness act as an effective tool for recovery from trauma? What strategies and tools are available for self-care for health care professionals who are faced with trauma on a daily basis? Mickie Brown will discuss her experience with a mindfulness based stress reduction program for 9/11 first responders as part of the WTC Health Program. Dana Kind will discuss programs and tools available for Mount Sinai employees to promote self-care and healing.

2:50-3:00 – Q&A & Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
MSIT Lab - Annenberg 11-46
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Angelyn Thornton