Trauma and Relationships


This talk will discuss the effect of trauma on our therapeutic relationships.


Featuring: Maude LeRoux. OTR/L

Originally recorded July 6, 2020

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the “Nurturing Relationships through Periods of Change” bundle. Click to preregister for the series!

Description: Families experience stress during periods of change, especially when it’s a novel situation like a pandemic. This stress can lead to periods of emotional dysregulation for all family members. We know from the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) research that these experiences can have long term effects on individuals, especially those who have experienced toxic stress. Toxic stress is a “prolonged activation of the stress-response system in the absence of a safe, secure caregiving relationship”. As caregivers and occupational therapy professionals, how can we nurture that safe secure caregiving relationship? What is the role of the occupational therapy professionals in trauma informed care? How can we engage our therapeutic use of self to establish effective relationships in our settings? Come join us as we explore these questions and discuss strategies to address these challenging times.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

    1. Identify occupational therapist professional’s role in trauma informed care
    2. Describe importance of therapeutic use of self in establishing therapeutic relationships
    3. Identify a ““meltdown recipe” to utilize with individuals who are experiencing emotional dysregulation.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Educators, Parents, EI Providers, Mental Health Providers

AOTA: Domain: Performance Skills       Process: Outcomes

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Maude Le Roux, OTR/L, SIPT, RCTC, DIR® Expert Trainer, is also an international trainer on a wide variety of topics and also the director of her own online academy. She was born and raised in South Africa, and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town in 1984.  Maude is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration as it applies to functional activities of daily living, including improving the ability of any child to partake in his/her learning environment. She is a ReadLS Intervention provider, as well as a certified Tomatis Consultant. Maude has presented workshops in multiple international locations, as well as in the US nationwide. She has developed the Developmental Pathways Model (DPM) in reaching clients with different profiles with a wide array of diagnosis. She is well known for her work in Sensory Processing, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading and Learning Disorders, as well as Attachment Disorders. She serves on the board for ATTACh, an international organization involved in attachment and trauma informed care. She is currently mobilizing an international group of Occupational Therapists to organize the influence of trauma informed care in the occupational therapy field. Maude has published two books; “The Listening Journey for Children”, and “Our Greatest Allies”.

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Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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