Trauma-Informed Care in Pediatric Therapy


3-hour webinar discussing trauma, stress, and using evidence-based strategies. Learn how to screen for trauma symptoms and related-stress; use culturally appropriate assessment/treatment; provide resources for caregivers and other providers, strengthen resilience; create an environment of care for staff and clients that emphasizes safety, resilience, and positive behavioral supports.

“I am emailing you to let you know I have completed your course and successfully taken the post-test! 
I wanted to let you know I have attended some other Trauma related courses in the past, however, I think since yours is from the OT perspective, I found it to be much more informative and useful to implement into future treatments. Thank you so much!”  ~Kathryn


This course contains the most recent research and treatment strategies to assist your child/clients/students. The resource section is packed with recommended books, articles/studies, and visual strategies you can use immediately.

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This is a THREE-HOUR intermediate course (equals 0.3 CEUs). It is a distance-learning course. Handouts are provided.

Instructor:  Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CAS


Module 1 – Foundational Terms with a discussion of trauma, trauma-informed care, and populations affected

Module 2 – Types of trauma and neuroscience of trauma

Module 3 – Goals of care and models of practice

Module 4 – Assessment protocols and regulation strategies

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, students, and teachers.

Course Description:  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. Childhood trauma is a psychologically distressing event. Such events involve a sense of fear, helplessness, and horror. It occurs whenever both internal and external resources are inadequate to cope with an external threat. 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.

What will you learn?

  1. Participants will describe the effects of trauma in pediatric therapy.
  2. Participants will give examples of strategies to support symptoms of trauma in their clients.
  3. Participants will link emotional regulation strategies to self-regulation and sensory modulation in their clients.
  4. Participants will describe how to set goals for children with trauma-related to occupational performance.


Course Completion Requirements:  The entire video must be viewed. The post-test requires an 80% score to receive a certificate of attendance. The link to the post-test will be provided in the course instructions document. E-mail so that Cara can review your score and signature.

INSTRUCTIONS:  The course handouts and supplemental videos as well as the instructions document will be available immediately after purchase via 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.

Accommodations will be made to support learners in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have any special learning needs, please email before registering. 

Refund Policy  No refunds will be issued after you have registered since handouts, videos, and related materials are provided immediately after purchase. However, you do have the option of moving your registration to another clinician, student, or attendee. If the live course is canceled by the instructor, you will be given the option of a full refund or access to a recorded version of the course. Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding the course.


**Cara Koscinski discloses that she received an honorarium for instructing this course. She also published books relating to occupational therapy and mentions them in her ‘about me slides.’

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