An Introduction to Creating a Trauma Informed Culture in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facility - Part 4: Grounding as an Essential Strategy to Calm an Activated Nervous System

August 17, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

In Part 2 of this series, we explored what happens when a person’s nervous system is activated, and how they react with a fight-flight-freeze state. In this session, we’ll discuss grounding techniques to support a person when they are emotionally stimulated and experiencing distress. By integrating grounding strategies that work for each resident, staff may also have more capacity to uphold trauma-informed principles including safety, trust, empowerment, and collaboration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the concept of grounding and why this method of distraction supports a person with an activated nervous system.
  2. Name three grounding strategies.
  3. Consider collaborating with residents and their families to integrate these strategies into the care plan.

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