Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

Acute Care Symposium

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3rd Annual Acute Care Symposium (virtual)

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  • 9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15am – 10:15am: Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value in Working with Patients Post-op Vaginoplasty and Creating a Culturally Humble Environment
  • 10:15am – 11:15am: Case Management in Acute Care: Understanding Clinical Implications
  • 11:15am – 11:30am: Break
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Incorporating Occupational Justice into Acute Care
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Small Babies, Large Hearts: Supporting Babies and Families in the Intensive Care Nursery
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: OT Role in ALS: OT Interventions and Management of Persons With ALS/MND in the Acute Care Setting
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm: Q&A; Wrap-Up

April 13, 2024
9:00am - 2:45pm
Zoom meeting information will be provided via email within 30 minutes of registration.

Early Bird - ends Monday, April 1
$99 OTAC members/$129 nonmembers
$59 student members/$89 student nonmembers

$119 OTAC members/$149 nonmembers
$79 student members/$109 student nonmembers


OT: Symposium and Membership - $259
OTA: Symposium and Membership - $219
Student: Symposium and Membership - $109


Cancellation/Refund Policy. $35 is retained to cover cancellation/refund processing costs. Written notice must be received in the OTAC office by April 5, 2024 to be eligible for refunds. No refunds after this date. Disclaimer: OTAC reserves the right to make changes to the program. No refunds will made based on these changes.

Past Acute Care Symposiums

2023 2nd Annual Acute Care Symposium

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2023 Acute Care Symposium On Demand Recordings
Factoring Mental Health Issues into Treatment in Acute Care - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Don Gordon, PhD, OTR/L
Mental health issues can emerge in the acute care setting in sometimes unpredictable ways. This presentation will endeavor to help attendees better understand signs related to mental health challenges and provide tools to facilitate coping. - 4/2023
Occupational Therapy and Burn Injuries - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Dawn Kurakazu, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will discuss the role of occupational therapy in the care of the burn injured client through the different phases of the burn injury. Focus will be on the emergent and acute phases of the burn injury with some discussion of the rehabilitation phase. Topics will include the evaluation of the burn injured patient as well as treatment strategies. - 4/2023
OTs in the ICU: Our Role in Organ Transplantation - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Nicolette Longo, MS, OTR/L
The needs of the organ transplant patient population are diverse and continue to evolve as there is an expansion in donor pools, improved mortality rate, and advancements in multi-organ transplantation. Occupational therapy practitioners (OTP) are tasked with implementing evidenced-based measures to evaluate and treat patients undergoing organ transplantation in the ICU setting. This presentation will highlight the OTP’s role on the interdisciplinary team for the transplant patient and discuss evidenced-based assessments and how they are used to measure functional progression and participation in selfcare. Additionally, this presentation will emphasize case studies and goal setting across the ICU and acute level of care. - 4/2023
Severe Traumatic Brain: Assessment and Treatment - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Seth D. Herman, MD
This presentation will focus on the assessment of disorders of consciousness and take attendees through the potential treatments and journey through the rehab process to home with potential complications that may arise. - 4/2023
The OT/OTA Collaboration in Acute Care - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Sharon Pavlovich, EdD, COTA/L; Farman Boayes, COTA/L; Amy Brown, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
This presentation will focus on what the roles, responsibilities, and supervision parameters are for the OT/OTA working in acute care. Possible barriers as well as what collaborations may look like for this valuable partnership will be discussed. - 4/2023

2022 1st Annual Acute Care Symposium
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2022 Acute Care Symposium On Demand Recordings
Feel the Beat: Occupational Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Conditions - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Elyse Peterson, OTD, OTR/L
Cardiovascular care is expanding across the continuum of disease prompting a variety of opportunities for occupational therapy services. Occupational therapy practitioners are poised to provide care ranging from patients who are newly diagnosed, to patients recovering from cardiothoracic surgery, to patients with end-stage heart failure. This session discusses best practices including current evidence, clinical experience, and multidisciplinary collaboration to provide care for patients of varying acuities. - 5/2022
Navigating the Complex Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Liz Zborowski, OT/L, CLEC
Annually, 2.8 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with some 280,000 resulting in hospitalizations. Information on etiology, evaluation, and progression of treatment beginning in the ICU through the continuum of care in the acute care setting will be reviewed. TBI levels of recovery will be discussed, as well as recommendations for assessment tools, goal setting, and treatment interventions at each stage of recovery. - 5/2022
OTs in the ICU: The Power of Patient and Family Engagement - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Amy Godwin, OTR/L
The role of OT in the ICU has evolved and grown over time and has become even more essential over the last several years. This presentation will examine how OTs promote human connection and engagement in the acute critical care setting. Evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies will be discussed to empower the OT practitioner and highlight the unique contribution of OT in this setting. - 5/2022
Rebuilding What We’ve Lost in COVID: A Perspective from the ICU - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Dr. E. Wesley Ely
This presentation will describe the difficulties that health care professionals are currently experiencing in our desire to provide best care to ICU patients in the midst of the COVID pandemic. The presentation will explain a scientifically proven method for amplifying humanism and dignity that can work, one patient at a time. Additionally, the presentation will use the power of human story to identify aspects of patient suffering that are epidemic within the pandemic and offer hope and strategy for rebuilding what was lost amid the pandemic mayhem and discuss a path forward. - 5/2022
The Trauma-Informed Approach and Concepts of the Post-Traumatic Growth Model for the OTP - $25 members/$35 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Kristen Gill, OTD, OTR/L
Along their journey to healing from an acute event or a life altering injury, our clients can feel "stuck." Understanding what roadblocks that they may be facing, consciously or unconsciously, and how to navigate through is an important aspect of occupational therapy intervention. Taking a trauma-informed approach to practice is essential to understanding and connecting with patients who have experienced trauma. Concepts in post-traumatic growth offer great potential to enhance occupational therapy practice to propel clients forward into achieving more meaningful and satisfying lives following trauma. - 5/2022