Rehabilitation After Medical Trauma: Reinvent the Heal

Presented by Amy Salerno, MS CCC-SLP

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Course Description

Medical trauma is newly understood as a distinct expression of post-traumatic stress arising from exposure to healthcare. In the age of COVID-19, with record numbers of harrowing and prolonged ICU stays, medical trauma is on the rise. This course will prepare rehab therapists to identify risk factors and reduce the harmful effects of therapy procedures […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Amy Salerno, MS CCC-SLP has served adults as a speech-language pathologist for 8 years. Specializing in rehabilitation, she became passionate about supporting medically complex patients and those managing chronic conditions. Amy’s clinical experience became personal as her husband recovered from a brain tumor which left him with communication and swallow difficulties, solidifying her passion for person-centered care with families as integral partners.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Related Area).
  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID 01507. This webinar is offered at 1 CEU. Introductory, Occupational Therapy Foundational Knowledge.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define medical trauma, including severity levels and major contributing factors.
  2. List 3 ways to mitigate the patient's experience of trauma as it is happening.
  3. Define the effects of medical trauma of the patient and family in rehabilitation practice.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Introduction to medical trauma (MT): definitions, terms, and recent research.
  • 0:10 - MT in key clinical populations including stroke, heart attack, and chronic illness
  • 0:20 - Factors which contribute to the experience of trauma in the medical setting
  • 0:30 - Intervention strategies to informally assess and manage MT in physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • 0:40 - Case studies and video interview with a medical trauma survivor
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

Rehabilitation clinicians, including speech, occupational, and physical therapists who work with adults in rehabilitation settings.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until December 19, 2025.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • Presenter’s husband Anthony Salerno will be interviewed as a case study.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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