Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies for Clinical Education

Date and Time: May 24, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Webinar Description:

In this interactive and evidence-based workshop we aim to extend knowledge and understanding of how trauma-informed teaching practices can be implemented in clinical education to support student success. The presenters will describe their recent research, including an integrative review of relevant literature, and focus groups conducted with MSc OT students. They will share findings regarding teaching practices that support student success and describe how they expect findings can be used for clinical education.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • Be able to define trauma and trauma-informed teaching.
  • Understand the impact of trauma on learning, particularly in pre-clinical health care programs.
  • Be able to identify strategies that can mitigate the effects of trauma on learning in clinical placement settings.


Sandra VanderKaay
(she/her), PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), is an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her current program of research is focused on trauma-informed pedagogy, clinical reasoning, and ethical decision-making in occupational therapy practice. A highlight of Sandra’s current role is the opportunity to connect with other occupational therapists from across Canada as part of her research.

Courtney Robb (she/her) is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster University. Her current program specialization is Child Health where she’s had the opportunity to apply an inquiry problem-based learning model within the dynamic context of child health, development and community involvement. Courtney finds passion in continuous learning and hopes to attain a career where she can help improve the lives of others.

Deedee Begin (she/her) is a second-year dual degree student in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. For her doctoral thesis, Dee is exploring various conceptualizations of risk and safety in acute care, as these concepts relate to care and discharge planning for older adults. A highlight of Dee’s current position as a graduate student is the opportunity of continuous learning.

Rachel Lisogurski (she/her) is a recent graduate of McMaster University with a degree from the School of Interdisciplinary Science. She studied sensory processing through a psychology and neuroscience lens, with an emphasis on community-based projects. Rachel is dedicated to her work with vulnerable youth, and hopes to improve health equity in her community through her current role as a Pediatric Medical Administrator.

Fees: (All fees are plus HST)

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The presentation will be recorded and will be available to watch on OSOT's Archived Webinars page shortly after the event.

5/24/2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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