Now available as an On-Demand Course!
This is a THREE HOUR course given in two modules. Handouts are provided. A certificate of attendance will be provided after the completion of a post-test.
PTs, SLPs, and teachers, a certificate of attendance will be provided. Please check your specific boards for approval requirements.
Therapists need to recognize that many patients have a history of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, as well as serious illnesses and negative experiences in the medical setting, and we need to learn to respond with empathy and understanding. There are many types of trauma. Trauma-informed care means realizing the specific impact of trauma.
Through respect, connection, hope, and adaptation you can include trauma-informed practices in your clinic. According to the AOTA, “Childhood trauma is a psychologically distressing event involving “exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence…” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 261). Such events involve a sense of fear, helplessness, and horror. Childhood trauma occurs whenever both internal and external resources are inadequate to cope with an external threat (van der Kolk, 1989). Children may experience trauma from abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect (physical, medical, emotional, educational), natural disasters, illness, and violence (school, community, domestic). Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to utilize and teach trauma-informed strategies to change the lives of children and their families.”
Who can attend? OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, teachers, therapists, social workers, counselors, parents, and anyone who works with children who have special needs.
What will you learn?
- Participants will give the definition of trauma and describe the frequency of trauma/developmental trauma in pediatrics.
- Participants will understand and learn strategies to become trauma-informed and address symptoms of trauma in their clients.
- Participants will utilize emotional regulation strategies for self-regulation and sensory modulation in their clients.
- Participants will describe how to set goals and maintain an environment that addresses traumatic stress, staff resilience, and minimizes further stress.
INSTRUCTIONS: The course handouts are in a downloadable PDF file. The link to download the handouts will be valid for two days only, however, the course may be completed when it’s convenient for you. Once completed, fill out the survey and e-mail me at ThePocketOT@gmail.com in order to receive your course certificate. Enjoy!