Implementing Trauma-&-Violence-Informed Pedagogical Practices:
To Advance Accessibility & Inclusion in the MSc Occupational Therapy Program at McMaster University
Sandra VanderKaayPresenting on behalf of: Susan Jack, Michelle Phoenix, & Brenda Vrkljan.
By the end of this session, participants will be:
Inspired to consider how trauma may affect learning in FHS classrooms.
Curious about potential strategies to mitigate trauma and promote inclusivity.
Research indicates that experiences of past or current trauma can interfere with learning at all stages of education and can be particularly problematic at the post-secondary level and for learners from equity-seeking groups.
This presentation will describe research aimed at identifying and implementing universally designed trauma-and-violence-informed practices within the MSc OT program to contribute to excellence in inclusive education at McMaster.
The Take Home Point:
Engaging trauma-and-violence informed pedagogical practices can mitigate the effects of trauma on learning, advance accessibility, and inclusivity, and lead to better learning outcomes.