Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma

Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma

A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals

Intervention with patients who have had a traumatic experience in a health care setting is crucial in preventing psychological issues, as well as help reduce anxiety for future care. This course offers in-depth strategies for supporting patients and their families. Authors discuss the different personality traits that make some people more vulnerable than others and how to work with them.

Traumas are different for different people, but they may include difficult childbirth, serious accidents, intensive care stays, disclosure of serious diagnoses like type 1 diabetes or terminal cancer or the need for dialysis, medical mistakes, severe pain, painful or injurious therapies, and indifferent health practitioners to name a few. It includes case studies to illustrate effects of medical trauma and intervention models. The book also includes assessment tools to assist health care and mental health professionals with recognizing the many effects of medical trauma.


If you are interested in medical trauma and how/why patients develop PTSD and the rue gap we have in our health care system—this book is for you! – Bre, clinical social worker, Amazon, 4/2021

I treat patients with a number of presenting complaints. Because I read this, I have been able to recognize, empathize, and assist in treating the experiences of my patients in a more thoughtful and evidence-based manner. – Jacqueline Hanson, Amazon, 5/2021

Michelle Flaum Hall, EdD, LPCC-S and Scott Hall, PhD, LPCC-S
Course Expiration Date: Mar-24-2026
Course Performance Indicators: 1.1.5, 1.5.1, 2.2.1, 4.1.1, 8.4.4, 9.6.1, 10.2.9
Product Name

Book Only (2480)

Regular price $60.00 $60.00

16.75 CE Online Test Only (W2481)

Regular price $115.00

16.75 CE Book & Online Test (W2482)

Regular price $170.00

Book Details

Author Michelle Flaum Hall, EdD, LPCC-S and Scott Hall, PhD, LPCC-S
Year Published 2016
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Springer Publishing
ISBN 978-0826128935
Format Paperback
Page Count 324
CDR Activity Numbers
  • 16.75 CE Online Test Only: 175390
  • 16.75 CE Book & Online Test: 175390

Course Objectives

Level 3 CPE

CPE Type: 740 Online/Web-based 

Upon completion of this course the user will be able to:

  1. Discuss the Enduring Somatic Threat model and how it affects health behaviors.
  2. List four factors of medical trauma.
  3. Briefly describe the five personality traits and how trauma affect each one differently.
  4. Define SMM and explain its rate of increase in the U.S.
  5. Identify the approximate percentage of patients with cancer, Type 1 diabetes, or heart attack who also have depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  6. Identify the top two reasons health care professionals worry about reporting and discussing medical errors.
  7. Compare and contrast the following as they relate to health care providers: compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, distress, and contextual error.
  8. List three research findings of negative psychological results of patients staying in the intensive care unit (ICU).
  9. Define secondary crisis and give two examples.
  10. Briefly explain Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and what it is used for.
  11. Identify three possible psychological issues that may occur around pregnancy.

Recommended For...

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (CDCES)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional
American College of Sports Medicine

Why We Chose This Book

The issue of patients being scared or traumatized by medical procedures, diagnoses, and marginal care has not been hiding to the empathetic practitioner, but it appears to have skipped the radar of health care—until publication of this book—the first of its kind.

About the Author

Michelle Flaum Hall, EdD, LPCC-S, is associate professor, Counselor Education, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH and a partner at Hawthorne Integrative, LLC, a health care consulting and clinical counseling firm.

Scott Hall, PhD, LPCC-S, is associate professor, Counselor Education, University of Dayton, and a partner at Hawthorne Integrative, LLC, a health care consulting and clinical counseling firm.