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Self-Regulation and Trauma Responsiveness

Presented by: 

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, FAOTA

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, FAOTA

Watch on-demand and earn AOTA-Approved CEUs

Course Description

Intergenerational, Organizational, Social, and Cultural trauma This course delves deep into the signs, symptoms, and evidence-based intervention approaches to address the various forms of trauma and challenges with self-regulation. Specific treatment techniques and strategies, including sensorimotor activities, self-regulation, and activities to address cultural safety based on the ACTION from Trauma Approach.

Case examples will further illustrate symptomology such as emotional dysregulation, musculoskeletal problems, challenges with sensory perception, poor self-regulation, the impact on self-help skills, and cognitive deficits.

Dr. Gibbs provides an overview of Trauma Informed Care and introduces the ACTION from Trauma Approach. The approach maps out neurological connections to further enhance understanding of the underlying mechanisms influencing behavior following exposure to trauma.

Learning Objectives

1. Learners will examine the neurological connections and implications to lived experiences resulting in trauma and related conditions (i.e. Autism, SPD, and ADHD)

2. Leaners will apply methods and strategies to provide trauma responsive care

3. Learners will analyze Intergenerational, Organizational, Social, and Cultural trauma

Contact Hours

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

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As an AOTA-Approved provider of professional development, courses are accepted by NBCOT® at a rate of 1.25 NBCOT PDUs per each hour of course content.

NBCOT® is a registered trademark of The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

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0-5 minutes


5-15 minutes

Review of neurological connections and the Parasympathetic Nervous System

15-25 minutes

Applying neurological connections to lived experiences for people with trauma-related conditions.

25-40 minutes

Understanding Intergenerational, Organizational, Social, and Cultural trauma

40-50 minutes

Introduction to trauma responsive care

50-55 minutes

Moving forward with the ACTION Framework

55-60 minutes

Questions and Answers

Your Instructor

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, FAOTA

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, FAOTA

As an occupational therapist, Varleisha has a passion for designing strategies to support individuals in their journey to live their most independent and fulfilled lives. In addition to being a licensed occupational therapist, she is an author, speaker, and expert in the areas of the neurological connections for self-regulation, sensory processing, trauma responsive care, and health and wellness.

She holds four degrees in psychology (University of Delaware), Master’s in Occupational Therapy (Columbia University), a clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy (Thomas Jefferson University), and a PhD in health sciences and leadership (Seton Hall University), with a focus on health disparities in the autism community.

Varleisha’s experience extends beyond her professional training, as her personal journey consists of various traumatic events that have shaped who she is today.


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Instructional Methods

A combination of speaker presentation with a slide deck, polls, and Q+A with the presenter

Target Audience
& Educational Level

This is an intermediate level course intended for occupational therapy practitioners working in school systems or with a goal to better understand occupational therapy in school systems

Course Completion Requirements

To receive a certificate for this course, you must watch the recorded course in its entirety. Then, you will need to take a learning assessment test and earn a score 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Special Needs Requests

This course will include closed captioning and a transcript may be available upon request. You may also rewatch the course or sections of the course as needed. Additional accommodations may be requested by reaching out to us via email. 

Financial & Non-financial Disclosures

Speaker Disclosure

Dr. Gibbs is an employee of AOTA. She is also the author of books shared in this session.

Sponsor Disclosure

The OTS Collaborative Community is a product of the OT Schoolhouse.

Content Disclosure

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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Schoolhouse Education, LLC is proud to be an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development

AOTA-Approval for this Professional Development Opportunity is in progress.  

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Professional Development/Information Disclaimer

The material presented in this course is not intended to represent the only or the best methods appropriate for the occupational therapy and/or medical condition or professional development issues being discussed but rather is intended to present the opinions of the presenters, which may be helpful to other health care professionals at arriving at their own conclusions and consequent application. Attendees participating in this professional development education program do so with full knowledge that they waive any claim they may have against the A-Z School-Based OT Course, Schoolhouse Education, LLC, and OT School House and its staff or representatives for reliance on any information presented during these educational activities.

Waiver of Liability Agreement

I release Schoolhouse Education, LLC, OT Schoolhouse, and its staff, presenters, and any other individuals or entities associated with this course from any and all liability connected with my participation, as well as from any liability related to changes to the schedule, events or activities. I acknowledge and agree that I am participating on my own choice and assume all risk in connection thereof and that in the event that a need for emergency medical service arises, I authorize and consent to such services being provided at my own expense.

Cancelation & Refund Policy

In the event that Schoolhouse Education, LLC must cancel the event for any reason, participants will be offered a credit toward the rescheduled event. OT Schoolhouse Collaborative subscribers may cancel their subscription at any time. 

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