The NIDCAP Federation International is pleased to announce the third presentation in the NFI Webinar Series:

Trauma Informed Care and NIDCAP: Transforming the NICU Experience

Monday, 27 September 2021

2:00 PM Eastern Time

(2:00PM-2:40PM: Presentation; 2:40PM-3:00PM: Question & Answer Session)

Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E
Tara DeWolfe, PT, DPT, CNT, CLC
Kristy Fuller, OTR/L, CNT, CLC,
Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC.

Moderated by: Dorothy Vittner, PhD, RN, CHPE
Assistant Professor, Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, Fairfield University

NFI Members: Free*

*Note: Must be logged into one’s membership account for free rate

Non-Members: $35.00

Registration is required.

Register Here

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.

This webinar aims to assure the following outcomes: ​

  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, RNC-E

Mary Coughlin 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

Tara DeWolfe is a dynamic leader integrating trauma informed care into the field of physical therapy. Tara’s 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 Essentials’ Quantum Leap Program and she is a certified NIDCAP Professional. 

Kristy Fuller, OTR/L, CNT, CLC

Kristy Fuller 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 Kristy’s career has been in the NICU environment providing developmental care and consultation. She is a graduate of Caring Essentials’ Quantum Leap Program and is a certified NIDCAP Professional.

CEUs for RNs will be provided by Therapeutic Media:

Course Completion Requirement:
Attend the webinar and complete an evaluation.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to September 17, 2021, 11:59PM ET. The NIDCAP Federation International, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the event, in which case, a full refund will be issued.

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