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Trauma-Informed Care: Through the Lens of HIV


Published Date: 01/29/2024

Expiration Date: 09/19/2026

CE Credit: CME:1CNE: 1


This activity will define trauma and trauma-informed care, review the scope and impact of trauma for persons living with HIV (PWLH). This includes the variety of ways that substance abuse, mental health, and trauma interact; the importance of context and culture in a person’s response to trauma; trauma-informed screening and assessment tools, techniques, strategies, and approaches that help behavioral health professionals assist clients in recovery from mental and substance use disorders who have also been affected by acute or chronic traumas. This course will also review resiliency and risk factors of trauma for PWLH, as well as the multitude of evidence-based practices that mitigate trauma for PLWH.


Mary McCarty-Arias,MA, CRC

Mary McCarty-Arias is a Rehabilitation Counselor and a trainer at the Northeast Caribbean ATTC (Addiction Treatment & Transfer Center) in New York at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She brings 25 years of experience in direct services and as a trainer. Her areas of expertise include HIV, Substance Use, Mental Health, and Vocational Rehabilitation. She has trained nationwide working with the New York State AIDS Institute, the National Association of Drug Abuse Problems, OASAS (Office of Addiction Services & Supports), and the US Peace Corps. She has developed training curriculum that promotes Evidence-Based Practices. She has a BA in English from the State University of New York at Albany and a M.A. from New York University in Rehabilitation Counseling

Learning Objectives

  • Define trauma, the effects of trauma on the body, and trauma-informed care.
  • Discuss the scope and impact of trauma for persons living with HIV (PWLH).
  • Review resiliency and risk factors of trauma for PWLH.
  • Review evidence-based practices to mitigate trauma for PLWH.

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