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Trauma Foundations




When: Thursdays, November 4, 2020 through December 9, 2020 from 10 to 11.30am each week.

Description: This is an introductory course on trauma. The definitions of trauma, complex trauma and developmental trauma will be described, including the DSM diagnostic categories. These different types of trauma will be explored more deeply with significant emphasis on developmental trauma and its impact on brain and brain-body connections. The course will be both didactic and interactive. The course facilitator is a psychotherapist with expertise in developmental trauma, complex trauma and PTSD.

Outline / Agenda:

Nov 04: Session 1 – Defining Trauma (PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma)
Nov 11: Session 2 – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Nov 18: Session 3 – Developmental Trauma Part 1
Nov 25: Session 4 – Developmental Trauma Part 2
Dec 02: Session 5 – PTSD and Complex Trauma in Adults
Dec 09: Session 6 – Introduction to Trauma and the Body

Learning Objectives:

Session 1: Defining Trauma (PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma)

  1. Define trauma according to the DSM
  2. Differentiate among PTSD, Complex Trauma and Developmental Trauma in terms of experience and signs and symptoms.

Session 2: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  1. List the 10 main Adverse Childhood Experiences
  2. Connect ACEs to mental and physical health
  3. Discuss ACEs questionnaire

Session 3: Developmental Trauma Part 1

  1. Describe the role of attachment in human development
  2. Describe the connection between developmental trauma and attachment

Session 4: Developmental Trauma Part 2

  1. Describe the domains of impairment in developmental trauma
  2. List other diagnoses often co-morbid with trauma

Session 5: PTSD and Complex Trauma in Adults

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of PTSD and Complex Trauma in adults to maintain safety.
  2. Describe Trauma-focused CBT.

Session 6: Introduction to Trauma and the Body

  1. Describe the somatic experiences of trauma
  2. Describe the Window of Tolerance and Polyvagal Theory

Assessment: Complete course feedback form with goals and objectives been met

AOTA Classification Codes:

Domain of OT: Client Factors – Body Functions

Domain of OT: Performance Patterns –  Contexts

Certificate of Attendance

Provider Name:
Maude Le Roux Academy
9 Lacrue Ave. Ste 103
Glen Mills, PA 19342, USA
Tel: 484 840 1529

Speaker: Mary-Jo Land, Registered Psychotherapist, Ontario, Canada

Bio: Mary-Jo Land is a registered Psychotherapist, in private practice in Southern Ontario. The primary focus of Mary-Jo’s work is facilitating attachment and resolving developmental trauma in children, especially those who have been in care, experienced multiple placements and adoption. Recently, Mary-Jo wrote “Caring Together: A guide for parents, foster parents and adoptive parents of children who are in care.” This book assists all parents as the children journey through the child welfare system. “When we are very young” is her video series on parenting, attachment and developmental trauma. Mary-Jo and her husband Kevin have 5 children, 5 grandchildren, were therapeutic foster parents for 20 years, and are adoptive parents. They live in Grey County, Ontario.

Special Needs Accommodation: We invite anyone who may need a specific accommodation to contact and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We do provide online PowerPoint for download should you require larger print and we do wear specialized headphones to best accommodate for a clear audio message.

Course Completion Requirement: Completion of Course Feedback Form.

Cancellation policy: Payment is due in full with registration through Square on this website and there is a non-refundable fee of $35 at any time. If the course participant cancels within 30 days prior to the course starting date, the reimbursement would be 75% and within 2 weeks of the course; reimbursement would be calculated at 50%. Please contact If the course should be cancelled by the Maude Le Roux Academy, each course participant will be contacted via e-mail notification to announce rescheduled dates or when reimbursement would be issued if not able to reschedule.

Maude and Charl Le Roux own the Maude Le Roux Academy and thus the proceeds of this course will cover operational expenses as well as provide income for Maude and Charl Le Roux

Additional information

Course Type:

Track Course (Bronze)



Target Audience:

Professionals working with adults or children who have experienced trauma

Educational Level:

Introductory course in trauma foundations. College or University education suggested



Number of Participants:


Instructional Methods:

PowerPoint, group discussions, case studies, supplemental reading list, reflections

Contact Hours:



0.9 CEU




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