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Maryl Smith, CPM, LDM

  • Speaker Type: Perinatal Care Through a Trauma Informed Lens Lecture Pack
  • Country: USA

Maryl Smith, LDM, CPM, has been attending out-of hospital births in Oregon for 38 years. Her degree in theology with a counseling emphasis and her involvement in Native American community generated a growing awareness of the deep need for safe maternity care settings where survivors of trauma could thrive. So she and her midwifery partner intentionally set out to educate themselves and create that environment. They are forever grateful to their best teachers: the amazing women who entrusted them with their care.
Maryl has taught on staff at Birthingway College of Midwifery and served on the Diversity and Preceptor boards. She has led women’s support groups, provided counseling for non-profit organizations and correctional institutions and co-facilitated a drug and alcohol recovery group. She continues to teach at conferences in the US and abroad, training providers how to naturally integrate trauma-informed practice with their patient care. Her articles on this topic have been published in Midwifery Today. When she isn’t catching babies, Maryl embarks on adventures with her granddaughters, creates music with her musician husband or takes pen in hand and attempts to write something interesting.

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The Trauma Sensitive Intake
The art of trauma informed intake is more than just including a couple of questions on your intake history. When the right questions are asked in a non-threatening way, you can become the trusted recipient of sensitive information that is vital to the quality of care that you provide. This class will enable you to plan and create a trauma-safe environment at the very first patient visit. You will develop written and verbal forms of inquiry that cover a broad range of trauma history and will learn to facilitate patient disclosures in a compassionate, effective way. You will be able to identify indicators of trauma history in the absence of patient disclosure and learn to connect the coping mechanisms your patient exhibits to the type and duration of their trauma history. You will learn how to elicit your patient’s self-identified strengths and resources which you can use to develop an effective treatment plan. Your individualized approach will positively influence patient trust, safety, health and emotional well-being. Most importantly, it will avoid the re-traumatization that so often happens in medical settings which erode the success of future healthcare encounters.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Trauma-Informed Care