Occupational Therapy: Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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About the Author

Carly M. Rogers, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, is a clinical occupational therapist and independent researcher. Dr. Rogers received her BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MA and OTD from the University of Southern California. During her Master’s coursework, Dr. Rogers created a therapeutic surfing program titled Ocean Therapy, aimed at enhancing self-efficacy in participants from diverse backgrounds. Although Dr. Rogers’ primary focus was with the pediatric population, her work with Ocean Therapy expanded her knowledge and experience within mental health working closely with the United States Marine Corps and the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (GLAVA) for over 10 years. This experience led her back to earn her OTD, completing her residency in an outpatient mental health clinic at the GLAVA. She has since presented at the regional, national, and international levels on the topics of surf therapy and occupational therapy’s role with veterans diagnosed with combat PTSD. Dr. Rogers is the primary author of “High-Intensity
Sports for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression: Feasibility Study of Ocean Therapy With Veterans of
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Carly M. Rogers has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

About the Peer Reviewer
Amy Mattila, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University. She teaches Clinical Reasoning, Leadership courses, and Community Engaged Learning tracks. Prior to her current position, Dr. Mattila managed the psychosocial curriculum and behavioral health field placements for an additional MOT program. Preceding her time in academia, Dr. Mattila worked in a variety of settings in clinical,
supervisory, and administrative roles. Dr. Mattila particularly enjoys community-based psychosocial program development and while in the United States Army, she developed a community program to support returning service men and women diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and their families. Dr. Mattila earned her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University, where her dissertation focused on
student perspectives of behavioral health community-based occupational therapy fieldwork experiences. Amy Mattila has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.


Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. Deluliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
The planner who worked on this continuing education activity has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Copy Editor: Patricia O’Connor Gillivan

Learning Objectives
  • Recognizethe history, incidence, etiology, and risk factors for posttraumatic stressdisorder (PTSD).
  • Describethe key components of Trauma Informed Care.
  • Identifydiagnostic criteria and occupational therapy assessment tools across all agegroups for PTSD.
  • Identifythe major clinical signs and symptoms of PTSD, including differential diagnosisrelated to PTSD.
  • Summarizeoccupational therapy intervention approaches for the a

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