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School-Based OT Symposium

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3rd Annual School-Based OT Symposium Virtual

Promoting Excellence in School-Based Practice (7.5 PDUs)
Focus on Mental Health

Evidence | Meaningful Occupation | Links to Curriculum | Tools to Support Practice

September 11, 2021
8:00am - 5:30pm
Lunch on own – 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Virtual via Zoom

Early Bird
Early bird closes
August 19, 2021
Advance closes
September 8, 2021



Enrich your practice and discover new tools.


Occupational therapy practitioners and students who are interested in school-based

Schedule Overview
8:00am – 8:15am
Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L

8:15am – 9:45am
KEYNOTE: The Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Schools: Making Every Moment Count
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor Emerita, Cleveland State University
Founding Director, Every Moment Counts, LLC

9:50am – 10:50am
Peers with Purpose: Young Adult Social Committee
Madison Aguirre, MA, OTR/L

11:00am - 12:00pm
Panel: How do you incorporate mental health in your practice?
Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTRL, BCP, MPH; Katie Opdycke, MOS, OTR/L; Shelby Surfas, OTD, OTR/L; Ann-English D. Weaver, MSOT, OTR/L

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Lunch – on your own

12:30pm – 3:30pm
Building Bonds to Support Students: Utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach in School-Based Practice
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L; Kimberly Rice Lalezari, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Social-Emotional Learning from a Distance: Tools and Processes for Anytime, Anywhere
Jessica Hannigan, EdD

4:45pm – 5:30pm
Update on the School-Based OT Credential Initiative
Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L; Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Symposium Co-Chairs

Lisa Test

Erin Dolin
Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L
Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L