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Best Practice Brief: The Body Keeps the Score

Real People, Real Processes, Real Success

Creating connections among community resources and healthcare facilities provides a pathway for individuals to come full circle from a personal crisis to a personal transformation. Recognizing an individual in need and guiding them to the support services necessary to lift themselves from a desperate situation is a skill every South Dakotan should possess.

The Crisis Prevention and Recovery Best Practice Briefs series will highlight basic tools to recognize and assist an individual in crisis, resources available to reduce the risk of a crisis, and programs and services to reinforce change after a major intervention or treatment program.

⇒ The Body Keeps Score
January 25, 2022 | 1 PM CT

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Every aspect of daily life can impact a person’s overall health, and the integrated approach used by Monument Health addresses physical and mental health needs. The body’s reaction to ongoing stress may be warning signal of an emotional or mental health concern. The growing number of individuals impacted by traumatic experiences of the pandemic, led the behavioral health team to seek out effective methods for supporting whole-person healing. 

Katherine Sullivan, EdD, RN-BC, QMHP, director of the Monument Health Behavioral Health Center, will share the positive health outcomes and improved care transition processes resulting from incorporating the four tenets of trauma-informed care.


  1. Identify individuals who may have experienced a traumatic event
  2. Recognize the impact of mental strain on physical health
  3. Explain the use of the four tenets of trauma-informed care for whole-person care