2019 Conference Day 3 - Gatti and Rolfe

Session: Guided In Vivo Exposure Therapy for Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Presenter: Ms. Leah Gatti, MSc. OT, B.A., Registered Occupational Therapist (C) 

This presentation will provide education on the theories and principles of Prolonged Exposure Therapy, an evidenced-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as the role of the occupational therapist in exposure therapy. A clinical case presentation will be used to provide an example of treatment from start to finish within the Prolonged Exposure Therapy protocol.

Leah Gatti completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. Shortly after graduating, she began working for the Zebra Child Protection Centre, a not-for-profit organization in Edmonton, Alberta, for children who have experienced abuse.

Wanting to expand her knowledge and education, Leah obtained her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University. Leah’s research during this time focused on exploring the level of understanding and application of competency-based education in occupational therapy programs around the world.

Leah furthered her clinical practice as an occupational therapist by commencing work with the Workers’ Compensation Board on their Traumatic Psychological Injury program at Millard Health, as well as working with individuals in private practice who have experienced trauma. She is formally trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and has extensive experience in helping individuals recover from PTSD and return to living a meaningful life.