Course overview

Integrative Medicine for Trauma Recovery: Healing the Embodiment of Adversity

This course covers practices that can transform the medical paradigm to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and other traumatic exposures. Through harnessing the principles of neuroplasticity and resilience and employment of integrative practices, practitioners can ignite and foster patients’ innate healing potential.

Audrey Stillerman, MD, ABFM, ABIHM

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2017 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

30 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and other traumatic exposures are the most important known determinants of physical, emotional, and social health and illness across the life span. Trauma is toxic to developing and adult brains and bodies and derails the development of optimal physiology. Traumatic experiences may occur in and outside the family, as well as within organizations, systems, communities, and society. Through over-stimulation of the brain, causing neuroinflammation and leading to chronic illness, trauma becomes embodied. Although Western medicine and psychiatry have been largely ineffective in trauma recovery, prevention and healing are possible. Through transforming the medical paradigm, harnessing the principles of neuroplasticity and resilience and employment of integrative practices, we can ignite and foster patients’ innate healing potential. Examples of healing opportunities to facilitate trauma recovery include the patient/provider relationship, yoga, meditation, creative self-expression, EMDR, and neurofeedback as well as community capacity-building, adoption of trauma-informed practices, and policy change.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Explain why ACE and trauma, including but not limited to poverty, racism, extreme discrimination, and war, are the most powerful known determinants of health
    • Describe how ACE/trauma can cause neuroinflammation and derailment of normal physiologic development in current and subsequent generations
    • List Integrative Medicine practices that can create safety, support self-regulation, build relationships, and prevent and treat the consequences of ACE and trauma

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Audrey Stillerman, MD, ABFM, ABIHM

About Audrey
An advocate for Chicago’s most vulnerable residents, Dr. Stillerman is a board-certified integrative family physician, Associate Director of Medical Affairs for the University of Illinois Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships, and Clinical Assistant Professor.  Since learning about the critical impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, she has made it her mission to share this critical information with colleagues, patients, students, and community members to galvanize transformation of our society and medical system.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.