Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

OTAC May Town Hall - Ethics in OT Practice - 0.75 PDUs

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Event Information


10:00am – 10:15am
Updates to the OT Practice Framework (OTPF-4)
Julie Miller, MOT, OTR/L
Participants will review updates to the OTPF-4 and reflect on how it applies to their clinical practice, including themes of supporting community and social justice.

10:15am – 11:00am
Beneficence and Nonmaleficence in the Context of Social Justice, and Some Thoughts on the Internet/Social Media as a Tool for Understanding or Polarization
Annie Araujo Stepka, MS, OT/L, CLT
Issues of social justice are currently front and center in our national conversation. This moment in history is an opportunity to expand our understanding of the ways that systems/cultural norms have not promoted justice and wellbeing for marginalized members of our communities, including in the delivery of healthcare services. As the healthcare profession that makes a point of looking at all the contexts in which our clients operate, occupational therapists have a unique opportunity to use this increased awareness both to improve our own practice, and to make a difference in how healthcare is delivered to marginalized individuals, in acute care specifically, and any setting more generally.

May 1, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am
Zoom meeting information will be provided via email within 30 minutes of registration.

$15 OTAC members
$20 nonmembers

Tamara Turner

Practice, Ethics, & Reimbursement
Tamara Turner, OTR/L

About The Presenters

Julie Miller

Julie Miller, MOT, OTR/L, is currently the clinical director at Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) in Pasadena, CA. Prior to this role, Miller was the head of the Occupational Therapy Department and Interdisciplinary Feeding Team at PCDA. She is a current member of the AOTA Commission on Practice and participated in the recent revision of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework 4th ed. Miller is a certified DIR Floortime provider and prioritizes connection, emotional regulation, and family relationships in her clinical work.

Annie Araujo Stepka

Annie Araujo Stepka, MS, OT/L, CLT, graduated with an MS in occupational therapy from SJSU in 2007 and has been practicing in Santa Cruz at Dominican Hospital since then, first in acute rehab, then in acute care. Before transitioning to occupational therapy she worked for 12 years with children with disabilities, and supporting clients with mental illness. Practicing in a small community hospital has given her the chance to work with people who have a wide variety of medical conditions, abilities, and social contexts, As the lead occupational therapy practitioner at her hospital Stepka has most recently focused on developing strategies for supporting patients with psychosocial challenges during their hospitalization, developing her skills with critically ill patients in the ICU, and applying lymphedema care to the acute care setting.