Trainings in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care

The training tools were created by subgrantees of The JFNA Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma to explain to social service providers, family caregivers, medical professionals, and/or home health aides how to provide person-centered, trauma-informed care to older adults with a history of trauma. Federal and philanthropic funds were used to produce these training tools.  

  

JFNA does not endorse any of these training tools and is not responsible for the accuracy, errors, or omissions in the content of information. Views expressed in any training are the views of the authors individually and do not necessarily reflect the view of JFNA. Information appearing on this site may only be reproduced and used with credit being given to the source. 

 

 

Resources for Health Care Professionals and Other Caregivers Supporting Holocaust Survivors and Their Family Caregivers  

MJHS Foundation

2022 

 

Description: This online training toolkit consists of a course orientation and three modules that can be taken individually. It aims to sensitize and prepare health care professionals working with Holocaust Survivors and their families, as well as other trauma survivors, to recognize and respond to post-traumatic stress symptoms and deliver person-centered, trauma-informed care at the end of life.

Training Audience: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, social workers, and all other healthcare professionals and non-clinicians working with Holocaust Survivors and their families.

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors, and their family caregivers

 

Flyer Continuing Education Credit Information Training

 

 

Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care with Holocaust Survivors  

CJE Senior Life 

2021 

 

Description: This training was developed by CJE Senior Life to provide an overview of trauma, person-centered trauma-informed care, person-centered trauma-informed agencies, and how to apply this knowledge and these frameworks in practice with Holocaust survivors. 

Training Audience: Social services professionals; caregivers; any professional working with survivors 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors; older adults with trauma histories 

 

Presentation

 

 

Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care: Advance Planning Legal Services for Holocaust Survivors 

Bet Tzedek 

2021 

 

Description:  This training was developed by Bet Tzedek for the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network's nationwide advance planning project. This training provides pro bono attorneys with best practices in end-of-life discussions, which encompass completing advance healthcare directives, simple wills, and Powers of Attorney for finance. 

Training Audience: Attorneys and legal professionals 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Presentation 

 

 

Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care at JFCS 

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia 

2021 

  

Description: Created by the Sensitivity in Trauma ("SIT") Committee at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, this training provides new hires with an overview of PCTI care, culture, services, and philosophy. 

Training Audience: New hires, professional service providers 

Demographics Reviewed: Trauma survivors 

 

Presentation

 

 

Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia and a History of Trauma: Unique Challenges and Trauma-Informed Approaches 

Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco 

2021 

 

Description: This training developed by the Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco is a series of tip sheets that provides family caregivers of older adults with dementia and a history of trauma with strategies for implementing person-centered, trauma-informed care.  

Training Audience: Professional service providers, medical professionals, and family caregivers 

Demographics Reviewed: Older adults with a history of trauma 

 

Bathing (English) (Russian) | “I Want to Go Home!” (English) (Russian) | Incontinence (English) (Russian) | Meal Time (English) (Russian) | Repetition (English) (Russian) | Dealing with Sexual Disinhibition (English) (Russian)

 

 

Trauma Informed Care 

Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care 

2020-2021 

 

Description: This training by Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care provides nursing assistants, nurses, recreation staff, and other health care professionals with information on how to provide PCTI care in a long-term care facility.  

Training Audience: Professional service providers, medical professionals 

Demographics Reviewed: Older adults with a history of trauma

 

Presentation

 

 

Person-Centered Trauma Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors 

Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area 

2020 

 

Description:  Created by the Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati area, this brief guide provides information on how to provide PCTI care for Holocaust survivors. This guide includes basic historical information about the Holocaust as well as potential triggers and tips for providing care. 

Training Audience: Home health aides, professional service providers 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Guide

 

 

Helping Survivors of Trauma 

The Blue Card 

2019-2021 

 

Description: This interactive web-based training course was developed by Blue Card in partnership with The Russell Berrie Institute for Simulation Learning (ISL) at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. This online module with simulated scenarios educates healthcare professionals about the triggers and impact of trauma on Holocaust survivors. Using a PCTI care model, healthcare providers can learn to promote well-being and avoid re-traumatization. While the training focuses on the specific experiences and insights of Holocaust survivors, PCTI care can be used to inform the care of any traumatized person or people group, like refugees and veterans. 

Training Audience: Medical professionals 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma 

 

The full training can be found here: https://www.helpingsurvivorsoftrauma.org/  

 

 

 

Approaches to Outreach: Connecting with Previously Unserved Holocaust Survivors 

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. 

2019 

 

Description: Created by Selfhelp Community Services' Holocaust Survivor Program, this training provides social service providers with ways to reach Holocaust survivors who are unserved and who may not self-identify as a survivor because of their persecution history. 

Training Audience: Professional service providers 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors, underserved older adults with a history of trauma 

 

Presentation

 

 

Trauma Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors 

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. 

2018-2019 

 

Description: This training program by the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. was developed to give caregivers of Holocaust survivors an essential understanding of trauma, the unique effects of Holocaust-originated trauma on the aging process, and guidance on identifying triggers to avoid. The aim of this training is to infuse PCTI principles into caregivers’ practice, enhanced emotional well-being of survivors, and increased trust between the survivor and caregiver. 

Training Audience: Home health aides, anyone who interacts with Holocaust survivors 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Presentation| Tip Sheet Handout | Triggers and Communication Handout 

 

 

Our Voices 

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP 

2018-2019 

 

Description: Our Voices is a six-month technology program developed by OATS that helps Holocaust survivors learn to use the iPad in meaningful ways, including to connect with others. This training program includes materials for Holocaust survivors in English and Russian, as well as a toolkit to support agencies delivering the program. 

Training Audience: Professional service providers, volunteers 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Training Description | Description of PCTI Principles of Training

The full training can be found here: https://seniorplanetu.org/  

 

 

HonoringLife® 

Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County 

2017 

 

Description: This presentation was created by the Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County to provide cultural competency training to health care professionals, family and paid caregivers, students, and those who will touch the life of Holocaust survivors. The training helps those working with Holocaust survivors better understand the impact of the trauma. 

Training Audience: Professional and medical service providers, family caregivers, home health aides, and students entering service professions  

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Presentation

 

 

PCTI Training for Family Caregivers of Holocaust Survivors 

Guardians of the Sick 

2016-2017, 2018, 2020 

 

Description: This training program by Guardians of the Sick is based on a series of 10 presentations by Dr. Irit Felsen to family caregiver groups in 2016 and 2017. The training prepares family caregivers and mental health professions to care for Holocaust survivors. A Facilitators' Manual, produced in 2018, accompanies the training materials. 

Training Audience: Family caregivers, mental health professionals 

Demographics Reviewed: Holocaust survivors 

 

Presentation | Training Manual