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Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience a variety of barriers and challenges that impact their daily occupational performance, engagement, well-being, and quality of life. There is a lack of research in the area of manualized occupational therapy (OT) treatment options for people with PTSD. Literature has expressed a need for the development of a manual-based OT treatment program for people with PTSD with communication skills training as an intervention component. The purpose of this project is to create a manualized OT communication skills intervention module for occupational therapists to implement with clients with PTSD for improved occupational performance and quality of life. This project consisted of a intervention module with five sections, one section specifically designed as a module introduction for occupational therapy practitioners, and four intervention sessions related to topics on communication skills.

Publication Date

Spring 2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


PTSD, Manualized therapy, Communication skills, Stress, Trauma

Medical Subject Headings

Stress disorder, Mental health, Occupational therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

A Manualized Occupational Therapy Communication Skills Module for Clients with PTSD