Helping Patients with the Emotional Impact of Trauma: Assessment and Treatment in a Medical Setting

Sponsored by the Department of Social Work Programs

Carol Tosone, PhD
Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work


Awareness of patientsí recent or past traumatic experiences is extremely important and relevant to our roles as health care professionals in a medical setting.  Any kind of traumatic experience can affect patients in ways that may impact their physical and mental health, medical treatment and overall experience as a patient.  Therefore, understanding of the role of trauma in patientsí lives and gaining knowledge of appropriate interventions may enhance patient-provider communication, adherence to treatment, and satisfaction with the health care services received at HSS.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the core features of trauma & how to assess it in a medical setting
  • Participants will learn the basic approaches to the treatment of trauma
  • Participants will learn how to identify their own secondary trauma reactions

About Carol Tosone, PhD
Carol Tosone, PhD is Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Tosone is also a Distinguished Scholar in Social Work in the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC. Dr. Tosone completed her psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, where she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Memorial Award. Dr. Tosone is Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Social Work Journal and serves on the editorial boards of Social Work in Mental Health, Social Work in Health Care, Psychoanalytic Social Work, and Psychoanalytic Perspectives.


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