Trauma Informed Care and NIDCAP: Transforming the NICU Experience

A 40 minute presentation by Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RN-E, Kristy Fuller, OTR/LC, CNT, CLC and Tara DeWolfe, PT, DPT, CNT, CLC, followed by a 20 minute Question & Answer session moderated by Dorothy Vittner, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The NIDCAP model and the Trauma Informed Professional (TIP) Certificate program set a comprehensive foundation for individuals working with babies and families requiring hospital care. The TIP program is a journey of personal self discovery and growth that enables one to embrace the self-reflection necessary in bedside clinical work as a NIDCAP Professional. The merging of these frameworks will enable professionals to guide the paradigm shift to a preventative model of care that supports and improves long-term physical, socio-emotional, and mental health outcomes.

This educational activity will be of interest to psychologist/mental health, physician, nursing and therapy staff working in NICU’s and Pediatric settings.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
1. Explain how personal reflection impacts how one connects with others
2. List 3 personal and professional benefits of becoming a Trauma Informed Professional
3. Provide 3 examples of how being trauma informed enriches the NIDCAP approach
4. Discuss how NIDCAP and a trauma informed approach transform the healthcare experience for infants, children, families and professionals.

Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RN -E, is a global leader in neonatal nursing and has pioneered the concept of trauma-informed, age-appropriate care as a biologically relevant paradigm for hospitalized infants, families, and professionals. A seasoned staff nurse, charge nurse, neonatal nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, coach and mentor, Ms. Coughlin has over 35 years of nursing experience beginning with her 7 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp and culminating with her current role as president and founder of Caring Essentials Collaborative.

Tara DeWolfe, PT, DPT, CNT, CLC, is a dynamic leader integrating trauma informed care into the field
of physical therapy. TaraÕs passion is providing a holistic approach to creating nurturing experiences
for babies and their families and supporting her colleagues to align with their true purpose.
Specializing in newborn developmental care, developmental follow up and early intervention, Tara
has a comprehensive knowledge to support the continuum of development. Tara has completed the
Caring EssentialsÕ Quantum Leap Program and she is a certified NIDCAP Professional.

Kristy Fuller, OTR/L, CNT, CLC, is a passionate leader in the area of occupational therapy, specializing
in early eating experiences. As a certified neonatal therapist, she is passionate about sharing a preventative model to support feeding success. With over 30 years of experience, she has developed and adapted traditional feeding readiness and assessment scales to incorporate the best research and clinical evidence. Most of KristyÕs career has been in the NICU environment providing developmental care and consultation. She is a graduate of Caring EssentialsÕ Quantum Leap Program and is a certified NIDCAP Professional.

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