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Childhood trauma is classified by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that caused the trauma. An ACE is a traumatic event that an individual has observed from birth to 18 years old (Atchison & Suarez, 2021). ACEs include but are not limited to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and neglect. ACEs also include household dysfunctions such as domestic violence, divorce, incarceration of family, substance abuse, food scarcity, poverty, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Building resilience promotes healthy coping skills, the ability to trust and engage with support systems, and the prevention of retraumatization (Bethell et al., 2017). Trauma and resiliency are invertedly related, as resilience increases, the impacts of trauma decrease. Youth in foster care who engage in resiliency programs will build resiliency programs will build resiliency together to increase outcomes, create support systems, and improve social participation. Purpose: An occupational therapy group program for youth can work to build resiliency in a client-centered manner to prevent retraumatization and increase occupational performance.

Publication Date

Fall 2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Trauma and social participation, Youth, Foster care, Occupational therapy, Resilience

Medical Subject Headings

Adolescent, Coping skills, Emotional abuse, Trust, Resilience, Psychological


Child Psychology | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on December 6, 2023.

Building Resilience to Treat Trauma and Improve Social Participation with Youth in Foster Care