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Trauma-Informed Care in HIV Prevention and Care Services


Enroll to learn the science of trauma, how it affects the brain, and ways to avoid inadvertently re-traumatizing the clients that you see.

About this Independent Study 

This activity was originally released on December 13, 2021 and is available for continuing education credit until December 12, 2023. Once registered, you must complete the course within 150 days, or you will be deactivated. To be reactivated, contact us. This course will equip HIV service providers at all levels of the HIV care continuum with information about approaches to recognize the widespread impact of trauma and to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, staff, and others involved in the system.  Part of the activity will also cover how to integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices in order to actively resist re-traumatization and prevent vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. 

Who Should Take This Course  

Nurses, counselors, social workers, community health workers, navigators and other staff at HIV prevention and care sites or other healthcare agencies that work with clients who may have experienced trauma.  

Learning Objectives 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to… 

  • Describe types of trauma and trauma’s effect on the brain,  

  • Discuss the impact of trauma on behavior and health outcomes related to HIV,  

  • Describe how the six principles of trauma-informed care could lead to better client experiences during clinic visits.  

  • Discuss individual and organizational protective factors that can prevent vicarious trauma in staff.  

Completing This Course   

Successful completion of this continuing education activity includes the following:   

  • Completing the entire online course 
  • Completing the online evaluation   
  • Completing the certificate request 

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)  

Cardea Services is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this CE activity 1 contact hour(s) will be awarded. 

Continuing Education for Social Work (SW)

This activity is eligible for up to 1 social work (SW) continuing education credit.

Cardea Services has been an approved provider of continuing education credits by: The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, provider #1682

Continuing Education for Community Health Workers (CHW)

This course provides 2.0 hours of CHW  Continuing Education (1 Interpersonal, .5 knowledge base, .5 Organizational Skills)

Cardea is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide continuing CHW hours in Texas, Certification #44

Registration & Fees 

The eLearning course is free of charge.  


The planners and presenters of this activity have no relevant financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.    


This training is made possible with funding through Texas Department of State Health Services. 

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Here is the course outline:

1. The Definition and Science of Trauma

(20 minutes) a. Definition and Types of Trauma b. Trauma and the Brain c. Health Outcomes, including ACEs. d. Trauma Activation/Triggers and Behavior

2. Principles of Trauma and the HIV Continuum of Care

(25 minutes) a. The HIV Continuum of Care b. The Four “Rs” and Six Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

3. Staff and Organizational Approach to Trauma

(15 minutes) a. Factors that lead to Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Protective Factors

4. Certificate

Complete the evaluation and select a certificate to complete the course.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion
CNE Independent Study
Social Work (SW) TX
Community Health Worker (CHW) TX
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