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Dr. Audrey Stillerman: Trauma and Recovery

In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Audrey Stillerman as we explore a difficult topic that everyone has experienced in some shape or form: trauma. In every episode we discuss whole person care, but today we discuss a more specific type of whole person care called trauma-informed care (TIC). Audrey shares how clinicians can care for their patients understanding that many patients have faced past trauma although they may or may not display behaviors or conditions related to trauma. She reminds us that as clinicians we do not need to know the details of a patient’s trauma to care for them with compassion and to create a healing plan to work toward recovery. The goal is to create a safe space where power is shared, and to avoid re-traumatization.

Dr. Audrey Stillerman is an Integrative Family Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago, as well as the Medical Director for the Mile Square School Health Center program where she leads the clinical work of 5 school health centers offering integrated medical and behavioral health services. She serves as a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and activist. Since 1991, Dr. Stillerman has provided compassionate, holistic care for families across multiple community-based public practice settings while advocating for equity. 

SAMHSA Trauma Informed Care:

CDC VitalSigns Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 

Trauma-Recovery Books: 


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Dr. Wayne Jonas is a board-certified physician and Dr. Alyssa McManamon is a triple-board certified hematologist/oncologist. The opinions expressed on this show are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of their places of employment, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the United States government. The opinions expressed on this podcast are meant for entertainment and education and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor should they be used as a substitute for medical advice from a qualified, board-certified practicing clinician. Dr. Wayne Jonas and Dr. Alyssa McManamon have no relevant financial disclosures.

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