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Digital Seminar

Medical Trauma: Clinical Tools for Treating PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression Following a Health Crisis

Michelle Flaum, EdD, LPCC-S, DCMHS
Approx. 6 Hours
Jun 28, 2024
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Your clients with medical trauma know that a health crisis can upend life at any moment.

And they know that crisis doesn’t end when the physical body is stabilized.

The impacts of medical trauma are as broad as they are misunderstood. Many mental health problems can arise from experiences like heart attack, stroke, intubation and mechanical ventilation, emergency Caesarean section, allergic reaction, seizure, accident-related amputation, cancer diagnosis, and more.

While some clients may have entered your practice with the unique presentation of PTSD that results from medical trauma, many more have likely come to you for help with other clinical issues that could be fueled by a past health crisis. Think of the client with depression who also has a history of heart failure. Or the client with social anxiety whose irritable bowel disease is listed on your intake form but never gets discussed. Or the client with dependency issues in their relationships who harbors a deeply entrenched sense of fragility related to a congenital illness.

Watch medical trauma expert Dr. Sacha McBain for this training that will help you understand the interconnectedness of the mind and body. You will learn to:

  • conduct assessments that elucidate the mental health impacts of your clients’ health histories
  • develop trauma-informed case formulations that integrate health and rehabilitation psychology principles into evidence-based treatments
  • support your clients’ mental and physical health by giving them the skills they need to maintain treatment adherence and engage in effective medical self-advocacy

Your clients with medical trauma have associated treatment with danger. Purchase today to provide them with a trauma-informed approach to promote physical and psychological recovery!


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Xavier University

Michelle Flaum, EdD, LPCC-s, DCMHS, is author of the first book dedicated solely to the topic of medical trauma, Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals and founder of the Certificate in Medical Trauma-Informed Care at Xavier University, which is the first training program of its kind worldwide. A Fellow of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Dual-Diplomate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialist in Trauma Counseling and Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling, Dr. Flaum has worked with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative/Stanford University and The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare to develop assessment tools to help clinicians provide improved quality of care for patients who experience medical trauma. She is a strong advocate for integrating mental health professionals into treatment teams to enhance the patient experience and improve patient care, and her assessment tools and protocols are used throughout the world. She is the medical trauma specialist and executive board member for Live the Pain, an international organization of professionals based in Tel Aviv, Israel working to bring innovative solutions to the management of pain. Additionally, Dr. Flaum has been featured throughout the media, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Doctor Radio on SiriusXM, Health Professional Radio, Refinery29, Social Work Today, Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today,, The Conversation and Elle Magazine. More information can be found at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michelle Flaum maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Xavier University. She receives royalties as a published author. Michelle Flaum receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michelle Flaum is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Ohio Association of Counselors in Private Practice. She serves on the editorial review board for the Nursing for Women's Health. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Ohio Counseling Association.


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  1. Employ evidence-based assessments to identify mental health symptoms stemming from traumatic medical events to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Utilize the ecological model of medical trauma to develop a trauma-informed case formulation.
  3. Practice at least two strategies for communicating effectively with clients about the mind-body connection for the purposes of improving treatment engagement.
  4. Utilize cognitive restructuring on clients’ unhelpful core beliefs and automatic thoughts centered on worth, ability, or control.
  5. Construct behavioral experiments designed to assist clients with decreasing reactivity to medical-trauma related cues.
  6. Integrate at least two health and rehabilitation psychology strategies into trauma treatment.


Assess Medical Traumatic Stress:
How medical trauma differs from other types of trauma
  • How to get the full story:
    • trauma interview
    • health-related anxiety
    • distress thermometer
    • comprehensive health history
  • Recognize clinical disorders and biopsychospiritual crises
The Layered Narrative of Medical Trauma:
Case conceptualization and treatment preparation
  • Experience with initial injury/illness treatment experiences
  • Issues in short- and long-term recovery
  • “Disenfranchised” nature of medical trauma: how to have conversations with clients about the mind-body connection
  • Recalibrate relationships: naming stigma, ableism, and toxic positivity
  • Ecological model of medical trauma
Treatment of Medical Trauma:
Integrative approach to treat clients’ unique needs
  • Identify medical trauma-related core beliefs and cognitions
  • Engage behavioral strategies
  • Address social constraints and systemic invalidation
  • Integrate health and rehabilitation psychology principles
    • Illness/injury psychoeducation
    • Meaning making
    • Coping with somatic trauma cues
    • Strategies for managing insomnia and chronic pain
    • Adjustment to illness or injury
    • Expectation management
    • Cognitive rehabilitation
    • Support medical advocacy and avoiding retraumatization
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Case Studies:
  • PTSD and COVID-19: 36-year-old woman
  • Social anxiety and irritable bowel disease: 20-year-old man
  • Dependent personality disorder and congenital heart condition: 45-year-old woman

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses


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