Trauma-Informed Care: The Role of the Pharmacist

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Given the high prevalence of trauma exposure, it is important for health care providers to understand the complex interactions between trauma, substance use, mental health, and other chronic conditions in order to provide effective patient care. Trauma-informed care models take into account the prevalence of trauma in patients, the signs and symptoms of trauma in a patient, trauma’s effect on health, and mitigation strategies. These models hope to improve patient care, reduce health care costs, and break the cycles of trauma. While trauma-informed care models are often incorporated into other disciplines and are often talked about amongst other health care providers, pharmacists are infrequently provided with substantial training in this area.

This learning course describes trauma-informed frameworks and applications to pharmacy practice, and discusses the benefits of transforming pharmacy practice to be more reflective of trauma-informed care principles.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how trauma affects physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • List the various elements of trauma-informed care.
  • Apply trauma-informed care to pharmacy practice change. 
  • Discuss the benefits of transforming pharmacy practice to be more reflective of trauma-informed care principles.

Activity type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists 
Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following education course is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEU). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-164-H04-P. 

To obtain credit for completing Trauma-Informed Care: The Role of the Pharmacist, participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: June 8, 2021
Expiration date: June 8, 2024 - No credit can be earned after this date


Trauma-Informed Care: The Role of the Pharmacist  is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association, in collaboration with the APhA-APPM Care of Underserved Patients SIG. ©2021 American Pharmacists Association


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, MAS declares receiving an investigator-initiated research grant as an Investigator for ViiV Healthcare and Walgreens. She also declares receiving contract funds as part of a fellowship contract PI with Genentech and Johnson & Johnson.

Janice Frueh, PharmD, BCPS and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this activity, available exclusively to current APhA members as a free member benefit. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.