Using a Public Health Model as a Foundation for Trauma-Informed Care for Occupational Therapists in School Settings

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Literature is abundant with information about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) upon adult physical health and well-being. Findings beckon attention by providers to identify and respond to trauma during childhood in order to reduce the significant life-long impact. The purpose of this article is to explore a model for trauma-informed care intervention by occupational therapy practitioners, in collaboration with other providers, within a school system. Authors propose a three-tiered public health model approach to understanding and responding to the needs of children who experience adverse childhood experiences. A tiered public health approach engages providers to develop a model that can be actualized to ensure a “360* based approach” for healing and forward growth in communities supporting students who experience trauma. Authorship by professionals from each profession adds a unique perspective not otherwise found in current literature.

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Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention


This article was published in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention.

The published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2020.1732263

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