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Taped Conference Sessions
The Affordable Care Act: Understanding Its Impact on OT - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Jennifer Snyder, MPH, OTAC Lobbyist, Capitol Advocacy
AOTA and OTAC are working together to advocate for occupational therapy as health care reform is implemented in California. Come hear AOTA senior policy staff and the OTAC lobbyist discuss key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and how occupational therapy will be impacted. Learn about how the Supreme Court’s decision impacted advocacy activities including the proposed expansion of Medicaid. Understand how occupational therapy will benefit from the inclusion of “habilitation” and “rehabilitation” within the ACA’s essential health benefits. In addition to policy changes, this session will address system changes including medical homes, accountable care organizations, care coordination, and quality improvement initiatives.
Cognition and the IADL of Driving - $26 members/$46 nonmembers - 1.75 PDUs
Presented by Elizabeth Gomes, MS, OTR/L; Purnima Karia, OTR/L, CDRS
An accurate understanding and assessment of cognition and the role it plays in the instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are increasingly important for the safety of the public and the driver. Senior drivers, adolescents with disabilities, and individuals with brain injuries all need the occupational therapy generalist and driver rehab specialist to fairly and accurately understand and assess cognitive abilities with evidence-based assessments.
Collaboratively Approaching Community Mental Health for At-Risk Youth - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Paula McNamara, MS, OTR/L and Andrea Mendoza, MA, LMFT
Through case presentations including outcome results, this presentation highlights benefits and challenges of providing family-centered, occupation-based interventions in the home and community setting while using a collaborative approach to integrate occupational therapy into an evidence-based community mental health model for at-risk youth.
Dyshagia 101: Functional Anatomy and Physiology for OT - $45 members/$59 nonmembers – 3 PDUs
Presented by Winifred Schultz-Krohn, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, FAOTA, and Jerilyn (Gigi) Smith, MS, OTR/L, SWC
The anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism will be reviewed including a description of common pathological conditions associated with swallowing disorders. Case presentations will illustrate the use of evidence based intervention approaches. This taped session provides 3 PDUs upon completion and a passing score on quiz.
Dysphagia 102: OT Functional Assessment and Intervention - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Presented by Winifred Schultz-Krohn, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, FAOTA and Jerilyn (Gigi) Smith, MS, OTR/L, SWC
The basic bedside and clinical assessment of dysphagia will be discussed along with a description of functional interventions to address swallowing disorders. Case presentations will illustrate the use of evidence-based intervention approaches.
Engaging Caregivers: Community Mental Health for At-Risk Youth - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
Presented by Paula McNamara, MS, OTR/L; Andrea Mendoza, MA, LMFT
Through case presentations including outcome results, this presentation highlights benefits and challenges of engaging caregivers and proximal supports through family-centered,occupation-based interventions in home and community settings while using a collaborative approach to integrate occupational therapy into an evidence-based community mental health model for at-risk youth.
From Diagnosis to Dinnertime - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Judy A. Hopkins, OTR/L, SWC, CLE; Lichelle A. Fernando, OTR/L, SWC; Kimberly C. Carter, OTR/L, SWC
This course will reveal the “big picture” of pediatric feeding and swallowing. It will provide a tool-kit to enable occupational therapy practitioners to confidently address complex feeding disorders and provide intervention across the continuum of care.
Healing and Mindfulness - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Presented by Thais Mazur, MS, OTR/L and Janis Davis, PhD, OTR/L
This presentation will focus on the use of mindfulness techniques
and its evidence and occupation base, including history of use in
medicine and practical ways of incorporating it into a professional
setting with various clients.
“Healthy Seniors,” Phase 1: Development and Implementation - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L
The new health care reform will mandate the development of programs such as Healthy Seniors. During this session you will learn about the development and implementation of this grantfunded, multi-site health and wellness program for community living older adults, utilizing occupational therapy students and faculty in partnership with governmental and community agencies.
Helping the IEP Team Develop Appropriate IEP Goals - $35 members/$49 nonmembers – 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Valerie S. Adams, MS, OTR/L
Learn how to collaborate with the educational team to develop measurable Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals that are provider specific, developmentally appropriate, measurable, and address state content standards; be able to distinguish between an IEP goal and a treatment goal. This taped session provides 2.5 PDUs upon completion and a passing score on quiz.
Improving Function with a Multi-Sensory Approach - $22 members/$33 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Presented by Ann Brownstone, MS, OTR/L, SWC and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR (Colorado)
The presenters provide an introduction to the functional efficacy of a multi-sensory intervention that combines auditory stimuli with visual tracking, balance, and motor coordination activities. Information is provided on the integration of this intervention
into a comprehensive occupation-based approach for children and adults with a variety of clinical conditions. Additionally, supporting evidence including recent research on the clinical applications with children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) is presented.
Integrating Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology into Practice - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
Presented By Don Gordon, OTR/L, PhD
Recent developments in cognitive neuroscience and positive psychology provide new insights into behavior and health. This presentation will explore research and use interactive exercises to allow participants to incorporate this new knowledge into their practice.
Learning and the Brain: Facilitate or Educate? - $15 members/$25 nonmembers -
Presented by Janis Davis, PhD, OTR/L
This workshop introduces occupational therapy practitioners to the latest research on brain-based learning. Occupational therapy practitioners from all practice areas will learn how the brain takes in information and processes it in therapeutic environments.
Mothers of "Out of Sync" Children: Helping Moms Make Sense of Sensory Processing Patterns - An Evidence-Based Approach - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Stephanie M. Foster, PhD (Cand.), OTR/L
Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners helping mothers of the child with Sensory Processing Disorder have a complex and multi-layered role. This workshop presents a quantitative analysis of mother and child’s sensory processing patterns. Treatment approaches are included to clinically promote both secure attachment and settle children’s and adults’ dys-regulated nervous systems. This taped session provides 2.5 PDUs upon completion and a passing score on quiz.
MOHO for Children and Teens with ADHD - $45 members/$59 nonmembers -
Presented by Maria Deniston, MS, OTR/L;Jill Yochim, MA, CALT;Karlie Guthrie, LMFT
The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) can be applied to children and teens with ADHD to better understand the factors that impact a child’s difficulty with daily occupation at home and at school.
Occupation-Based Cognitive Assessments - $30 members/$40 nonmembers -
Presented by Nicolaas van den Heever, OTD, BOT, OTR/L
Occupation-based assessments and interventions must have high ecological validity to contribute to the unique role of the occupational therapy practitioner in cognition and neurorehabilitation. Ecological validity, a form of external validity, is the extent to which the conditions reflected in the research setting reflect real life conditions as well as the acknowledgement of the fact that human action is situated and highly contingent on contextual factors/variables. This presentation provides information and assessment ideas for performing a bedside cognitive evaluation for persons with an acute stroke (or other neurological conditions involving cognitive deficit) in the hospital setting.
Occupation Driven Computer-Assisted Cognitive Remediation - $22 members/$33 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Presented by Guy L. McCormack, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Computer-assisted cognitive remediation is relevant to occupational therapy. Health reform and telehealth legislation will demand cost-effective interventions for delivering virtual occupation-based interventions. Computer programs that stimulate neuroplasticity and functional outcomes will be demonstrated.
Occupational Therapy: Interdisciplinary Team Roles in Psychosocial Rehabilitation - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Karen Leigh, MS, OTR/L, CPRP; Michael Drexler, PhD, CPRP
There is a growing evidence base that supports the use of psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) and the recovery model in mental health. Using didactic and experiential (small group) formats, this workshop will introduce core principles of PSR and the roles of several disciplines, emphasize the unique contributions of the occupational therapy practitioner, and offer ideas for how all disciplines can best collaborate in psychosocial rehabilitation.
Occupational Therapy and Diabetes: Understanding Our Role in Chronic Care Management - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Presented by Camille Dieterle, OTD, OTR/L; Shanpin Fanchiang, PhD, OTR/L; Michelle Farmer, MA, OTD, OTR/L; Katie Jordan, OTD, OTR/L; Elizabeth Pyatak, PhD, OTR/L; Chantelle Rice, OTD, OTR/L; Ashley Uyeshiro, OTD, OTR/L
This session will introduce occupational therapy practitioners to the emerging practice area of diabetes care. Current trends in health care reflect an increased emphasis on self-management,
prevention, and wellness for individuals at risk for, or living with, chronic disease. Occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely skilled at assisting patients in integrating recommended treatments and lifestyle changes into their everyday routines in a way that is sustainable and compatible with their occupations, making this a natural growth area for our profession. This workshop will provide a basic overview of the clinical presentation and treatment of diabetes, the ways in which it affects occupation and participation, and occupational therapy intervention approaches to improve health and quality of life in this
Paradigm of Differential Diagnosis, Assessment & Treatment of the Wrist, Nerve & Orthopedic Systems - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
Presented by Saba Kamal, OTR/L, CHT
Have you received a prescription stating “Arm Pain: Evaluate and Treat,” and wondered where to start? Physicians have access to tools such as x-rays/MRIs to determine the exact cause of pain; therapists have only our assessment skills to conclude to a diagnosis and perform the correct treatment. For example, everyone knows how to test for S-L injuries, but do you know how to determine L-T injuries without an MRI, or determine TFCC tears, or lateral epicondylitis vs. radiohumeral arthritis? Join us to learn these and many more techniques to sharpen your assessment skills and improve your treatment response. After this presentation you will be able to make an educated assessment and enjoy the fruits of faster recovery and a satisfied patient.
Prepare for the Requirements for Re-entry into OT - $45 members/$45 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Presented by Heather Thomas, MA, OTR/L, PhD (cand)
This course will introduce attendees to the documents which guide and direct our profession, and how to use them in everyday practice. This includes the second edition of the OT Practice Framework, Scope of Practice, and the Code of Ethics. Both the AOTA documents and the regulations set by the California Board of Occupational Therapy will be discussed. This course meets the CBOT requirements for those choosing to re-enter the OT profession and seeking licensure in the state of California, including the three PDUs specified in the CBOT CCRS 4161g 2-3.
Reimbursement Guidelines: Recent Changes and Trends - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
Presented by Sarah Bream, OTD, OTR/L; Caroline Breeding, MA, MS, OTR/L; Patricia Nagaishi, PhD, OTR/L; Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L,SCFES, CPHQ, FAOTA; Laura Stewart, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Reimbursement guidelines and proposed changes affecting the work of occupational therapy practitioners are of utmost importance to our members as reimbursement, billing, and service delivery models change and adapt according to the economic market and current trends. It is important for our members to be “on top” of the changes and be able to keep up with the demands in order to be successful in their work settings and provide the best care. Panel experts will share the most recent changes and trends on reimbursement in the workplace in multiple practice settings and sites including hand therapy, hospital-based practice, mental health, pediatric therapy and skilled nursing facilities.
Successful SNF Student Internships under New Medicare Regulations - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
Presented by Ciara Cox, MS, OT/L
This presentation focuses on the benefits of student internships in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) in the new Medicare environment. Many skilled nursing facilities are cancelling student internships in light of the new restrictions imposed by Medicare with regard to billing of services provided by students. Strategies for minimizing non-billable time will be explored and sample plans for productive therapist-student partnerships will be presented.
Transitioning to New Areas of Practice - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3PDUs
Presented by Elizabeth Gomes, MS, OTR/L; Fredlyn Berger, OTR/L, SWC, HTC; Michele Berro, MA, OTR/L; Sarah Bream, MA, OTD, OTR/L;Lisa Deshaies, OTR/L, CHT; Patricia Nagaishi, PhD, OTR/L; A. Chris Nelms, OTR/L, MLVR; Allison Walz, OTR/L, DRS; Laura Woo, OTD, OTR/L
Are you returning to occupational therapy after being away from practice or curious about transitioning to a new area of practice? Join us as a panel of experienced occupational therapy practitioners in the fields of physical disabilities, low vision, driver rehabilitation, mental health, home health, and pediatrics discuss their passion for their field and how you can better prepare to make the transition a smooth one.
Understanding the Documentation Requirements and Appeal Process - "How to Effectively Get Paid for the Services You Provide" - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Expert, Dr. Sue Bowles, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, provides insight and strategies on how to effectively receive reimbursements for services provided by occupational therapy practitioners. Key areas of the discussion revolve around understanding the documentation requirements, the expectations of the insurance reviewers, and how to successfully get through the appeals process.
Universal Design Beyond the Classroom and into Behavioral Lifestyles - $45 members/$59
nonmember - 3PDUs
Presented by Anna Quyen Pohguyen, OTD,OTR/L; Steve Barbour, MA; Carrie Boone, MA; Alann Salvador, MA; Michelle Tiemann, BS
Follow along the journey of a universal design (UD) class at the University of Southern California to learn how they were able to extend universal design concepts beyond the classroom and into behavioral lifestyles. Come explore the multi-faceted role of the environment through topics including intuitive environmental modifications, behavior strategies which enhance the interaction of people with their surroundings, visitability, fall prevention, and how the home assessment process can best address the occupational needs of the individual. The presentation will also integrate the practical and ethical ethos of universal design as presented by Erlandson (2008).
Children & Youth - Free Members/$20 nonmembers
Presented by Karrie Kingsley, OTD, OTR/L
The presenter discusses the present state of practice in California, how the centennial vision addresses or highlights the importance of practice with children and youth for the future of OT, and helps connect your practice with children and youth to the centennial vision and work towards the goals charged by the vision.
Disability, Rehabilitation, and Participation through the Lens of the Military Perspective - $10 members/$20 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Janna Kuntz, OTR/L
This podcast discusses the concept of disability, rehabilitation, and participation in regards to the unseen wounds of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and major depression experienced by combat veterans.
Guidelines for OT and PT in California Schools - Free Members/$20 nonmembers
Presented by Shawn Phipps, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Julie Bissell, MA, OTR/L, ATP; and Lisa Test, OTR/L, OTD
This podcast introduces the new revised guidelines for OT and PT in California Public Schools.
Health & Wellness Podcast - $10 members/$20 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Camille Dieterle, O.T.D., OTR/L, director of the University of Southern California Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice.
She discusses the present state of private practice in the Health & Wellness practice area, how the Centennial Vision addresses that practice area, and what occupational therapy practioners in that practice area can do at a grassroots level to work towards connecting to the Centennial Vision.
Mental Health Podcast -$10 members/$20 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Deborah Pitts, MBA, OTR/L, BCMH, CPRP, Facility at the University of Southern California (USC), Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
She discusses things that are influencing contemporary mental health in California.
Productive Aging Podcast - $10 memebers/$20 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Dr. Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at Loma Linda University.
She discusses how AOTA's Centennial Vison addresses successful aging and highlights the importants of this area for the future of occupational therapy and explores what therapists can do to help promote the work of successful aging as part of the Centennial Vision.
Work and Industry Podcast - $20 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
Presented by Paul Fontana, OTR/L, FAOTA, president of the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc.® at the Fontana Center.
He discusses the importance of his work for the work and industry setting and how clinicians can support the profession at a grassroots level to maintain viability and visibility during an important time of health care reform. He also discusses simple steps to becoming active in the field and promoting our services while making very important connections to the Centennial Vision.
University of Southern California’s Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department’s OT Talk Podcasts
OT Talk is a podcast series designed to inform occupational therapy practitioners, students and educators looking to continue to support their evidence-based practice. Broadcasting from the University of Southern California’s Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department, hosts Rob Russow and Alyssa Concha look to track down leaders, innovators and advocates in the field, bringing their voices to a wider audience. Through conversations about important research, events and perspectives on practice, OT Talk will offer something for all members of the occupational therapy community.