The Impact of Trauma on Mental and Physical Health

Online Course: The Impact of Trauma on Mental and Physical Health

The potential symptoms and conditions exhibited by individuals who have experienced an ordeal

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Presented by:

Andrea Sturm

Andrea is a neurological physiotherapist from Austria. She has a special interest in Ethics and Mental Health.

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Traumatic experiences are unfortunately a fact of human life and can affect the body, mind, psyche and an individual’s physical and emotional self-regulation. After a traumatic experience, some individuals experience physical symptoms and first-line practitioners should be aware of this when seeing clients after a trauma. The physical symptoms could range from sleeping problems and substance use disorders to disorders of different body systems. There is also a connection between trauma and chronic health conditions. For these reasons, practitioners should be aware of trauma-informed health care and understand the common responses and stress reactions to trauma.


This course aims to provide an overview of the types of trauma and the variety of physical and psychological effects experienced by different individuals as a result, and the potential impact on the individual's engagement in a therapeutic relationship.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. The Value of Trauma-Informed-Health Care
  2. Understanding the Impact of Trauma on a Person’s Psyche
  3. The Polyvagal Theory
  4. Interventions for harmonizing Body System’s Functions by Physical Activity

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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