Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

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Past Academic Symposiums

2023 2nd Annual Academic Symposium

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2023 Academic Symposium On Demand Recordings
Applying Trauma-Informed Pedagogy to the College Classroom - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Candace Ro, MA, OTR/L
This presentation is about how occupational therapy educators and administrators can use trauma-informed pedagogy to create inclusive classrooms and a safe place for learning, where students are co-facilitators of learning.- 6/2023
Building Inclusive and Authentic Community in the Classroom - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Myka Persson, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will discuss how to increase inclusivity within the classroom with course design, storytelling, and vulnerability. Specific examples and overall outcomes from making intentional changes will be provided. - 6/2023
Optimizing Student Engagement: Sensory Strategies in the Classroom - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Linsey Grunes, OTD, OTR/L; Ling Yu (Elena) Meng, OTD, OTR/L; Merry Lee, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) graduate students report higher than average levels of stress that impact their mental and physical health, occupational balance, and learning and engagement in the classroom. This presentation will provide an overview of a program that integrates sensory and regulation strategies into the classroom context to support OT student engagement and mental health. - 6/2023
Questioning our Foundations: Decolonizing Practice and Education - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L; Jennifer Jones, OTD, OTR/L, BCP; Janet Gunter, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will describe an innovative pedagogical approach which introduced occupational therapy students to decolonization. Participants will have opportunities to identify instances of colonization in practice and education as well as approaches to decolonize. - 6/2023
Reconsidering our Grading Practices: Assessing for Equity - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L; Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS
This presentation will describe how grading practices can be inequitable, and how and why to shift these practices towards equity. Participants will reflect on current practices with encouragement to consider more equitable grading practices. - 6/2023
Using an Integrated Model to Understand Student Resistance - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Jeni Dulek, OTD, OTR/L; Michelle Gorenberg, OTD, OTR/L
The presenters will discuss an integrated model of student resistance that can help educators prevent and minimize factors that contribute to resistance. Addressing resistance has been shown to improve student learning and faculty satisfaction with teaching. - 6/2023


2022 1st Annual Academic Symposium

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2022 Academic Symposium On Demand Recordings
A Learner-Centered Approach to Teaching Adult Physical Rehabilitation - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS; Allison Chu, OTD, OTR/L; Julie McLaughlin Gray, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Best practice in learner-centered education is incorporated into one physical rehabilitation course and will emphasize the student’s role in being responsible for their own learning, establishing a deeper understanding of content, and developing necessary skills for practice. - 6/2022
Active Learning in Virtual and In-Person Settings - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Chiao-Ju Fang, PhD, OTR/L; Katrina Long, MS, OTR/L; Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
The session will introduce novice educators to active learning principles and explore strategies that both novice and experienced teachers and practitioners can use to promote active learning in small class, large class, and online settings. - 6/2022
Centering Narratives in Foundational Science Courses - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Myka Winder, OTD, OTR/L
Storytelling is a unique form of pedagogy that is not traditionally applied in foundational science courses. This presentation will detail the importance and application of storytelling to foundational science courses for occupational therapy. - 6/2022
Flip the Switch! Enhancing Student Motivation and Engagement - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Melisa Kaye, EdD, OTR/L
Energize your students and your teaching! The flipped classroom structure moves lecture out of the classroom to prerecorded video and uses classtime for active learning and interaction. The session will present theoretical and how-to information. - 6/2022
Incorporating the New Occupational Therapy Practice Framework into Curriculum - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU Learn what exciting changes have been made in the 4th edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and how to incorporate these within your courses, learning activities, and curriculum.- 6/2022
Meeting Students Where They Are: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Jessica De Brun, MOT, OTD, OTR/L; Erin McIntyre, MA, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will provide an overview of trauma-informed pedagogy as an essential method of teaching as we facilitate the development of resilient occupational therapy practitioners in the face of global adversity and trauma.- 6/2022
Navigating Faculty Burnout in OT Higher Education - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM
This session will explore the complexities and contributing factors of faculty burnout in occupational therapy higher education. Grounded in the science and evidence about burnout, participants will gain practical occupational strategies for navigating risk factors to maximize health and well-being. - 6/2022
Putting on our People Lens: Lived Experience as Pedagogy - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Erin McIntyre, MA, OTD, OTR/L; Sarah Bream, OTD, OTR/L; Celso Delgado, Jr., OTD, OTR/L, BCMH
This presentation will describe the process and outcomes of an innovative pedagogical design that engaged mental-health consumers, experts by experience, to co-lead debriefs with occupational therapy students learning about mental health practice. Qualitative and quantitative outcomes indicated that this course design broadened students’ understanding of mental illness and recovery. Attendees will reflect on opportunities to include experts by experience as mentors or instructors in their own practice contexts. - 6/2022
Tips and Tricks for Transitioning to Teaching - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Elena Meng, OTD, OTR/L; Jeni Dulek, OTD, OTR/L
The presenters, an experienced academician and a new educator, aim to share strategies and resources for practitioners transitioning to a teaching role. They will speak to their personal experiences as well as their mentoring relationship. - 6/2022