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Introduction to Applying a Trauma-Informed Approach in Physiotherapy

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22 June 2023

Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT

In the draft Standards of Practice related to Indigenous cultural safety and health equity, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta has introduced performance expectations related to trauma informed care. In this session, Dr. Gamble will answer the following questions:

  • What do we mean when we talk about trauma-informed care?
  • What are the different types of trauma that physiotherapists might encounter when working with the general population?
  • What impacts of adverse childhood experiences should physiotherapists consider?
  • What is the connection to trauma and trauma informed care that physiotherapists ought to think about?
  • What are the health implications from experiencing trauma, beyond the direct consequences or injuries sustained?

In a practical, pragmatic sense, how can physiotherapists apply a trauma-informed approach in their daily interactions?


Dr. April Gamble DPT, PT, CLT is a licensed physical therapist that earned their Doctor of Physical Therapy in Michigan, USA. April has been living and working full time in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2017, and previously in Jordan and China. They have almost ten years of experience in community-driven efforts to develop equitable and trauma-informed rehabilitation services, with an emphasis on persistent pain, mental health, cancer, trauma-focused, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

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Page updated: 27/06/2023