POTAC Fall Forum – Occupational Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care

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Date & Time
November 5, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Dominican Rehabilitation Services


POTAC & Dominican Hospital present

Occupational Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care

by Patrice Sovyak, MS, OTR/L and Kelly McNamara, MS, OTR/L

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Registration 9:30 AM
Presentation 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Dominican Rehabilitation Services, Lifestyle Redesign classroom
610 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Program Description

This course provides an introduction to the principles of Trauma-Informed Care and discusses its clinical application in occupational therapy. The course will explore definitions of trauma, the impact of the ACE [Adverse Childhood Experiences] study, and the principles of Trauma-Informed Care. A summary of the neurological and developmental impacts of complex trauma and a review of the consequences of trauma on health and well-being will be presented. Through lecture, vignettes, and experiential learning, the course will also address direct application of a trauma informed approach to practice in various settings.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define various forms of trauma.
  • Describe key findings of the ACE study.
  • Recognize the impact of trauma on development, neurobiology, health and wellness.
  • Define principles of Trauma-Informed Care.
  • Identify evidence-based, occupation-based and sensory-based approaches to intervention utilizing a trauma informed approach.
  • Embark on a path of exploration to become trauma informed in their clinical practice/workplace/professional practice.

Presenters‘ Bio

Patrice Soyvak, OTR/L, is currently Director of Community Services for Front St Inc. and supervises a Housing Support program. She participated in the TIC Learning Community with the National Council for Behavioral Health and has received a Certificate for Basic Competency in Trauma-Informed Services – Level I and Level II from the CA Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care. She has also been a member of the Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium since its founding year in 2013.

Kelly McNamara, MS OTR/L, received her BFA at California State University, Chico before completing her MS in OT at San Jose State University. Kelly became exposed to Trauma-Informed Care while completing an internship in community mental health and immediately saw this practice as applicable to a broad spectrum of settings including hospitals. Currently, Kelly is an occupational therapist in acute rehabilitation at Dominican hospital and pursuing a Specialty Certificate through University of California, Berkeley.


To reserve a space, contact gro.htlaeHytingiDnull@seugirdoR.arabraB or call (831) 462-7382 by Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Admission cannot be guaranteed without preregistration.

Pay at the door: $40 for POTAC & OTAC members; $60 for nonmembers; students $15. Checks or cash only, no credit cards.

Meals: Light breakfast and deli lunch included

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 4 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds goes to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.


For maps and parking, visit www.dignityhealth.org.

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