Claudette Fette, PhD, OTR, CRC
Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
Carol Lambdin-Pattavina, OTD, OTR/L
University of New England, Portland, ME
Lindy L. Weaver, PhD, MOT, OTR/L
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Trauma and adverse childhood experiences can have lifelong effects on emotional, behavioral, and physical health. Health providers, along with state and federal policy makers, are calling for increasing trauma-informed care and trauma-informed approaches across health, social service, and education sectors. Occupational therapy practitioners are likely to work with individuals with a history of trauma across many settings, and it is imperative to have a working knowledge of ways to support these individuals. This article outlines basic principles related to trauma, trauma-informed approaches, and research that may assist practitioners in understanding how trauma-informed approaches align with core tenets of occupational therapy and how to facilitate best care for those they serve across all settings and environments.
1. Define basic principles of trauma and trauma-informed approaches
2. Identify research-based outcomes of trauma-informed approaches across practice settings
3. Identify application of trauma-informed approaches in occupational therapy
Learning Level: Beginner
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy
Content Focus: Domain: Client Factors; mental health; Occupational Therapy Process: Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Interventions
Fette, Claudette; Lambdin-Pattavina, Carol; Weaver, Lindy L.
(CEA May 2019) Understanding and Applying Trauma-Informed Approaches Across Occupational Therapy Settings