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Watch the Installation of the New OTAC President, Bryant Edwards

June 30, 2020 - 06:00 PM

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June 3, 2020 | OTAC Town Hall: Current Licensure and Practice Issues
Presented by Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTR/L, BCP, MPH - OTAC President-Elect; Heather Martin, executive officer - California Board of Occupational Therapy
Join OTAC President-Elect Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTR/L, BCP, MPH, to hear about current issues impacting OT such as cuts to the Medi-Cal OT services for adults and licensure processes. Special guest Heather Martin, executive officer, California Board of Occupational Therapy, will be providing an update on licensure renewal, limited licenses, and more.

May 27, 2020 | Advocating for OT in a Pandemic | Legislation. Regulation. Scope of Practice. And More.
Presented by Lauren Lopez, OTD, OTR/L – OTAC Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Chair; Ivan Altamura, JD – OTAC Lobbyist | Capitol Advocacy; Chuck Willmarth, CAE – AOTA Vice President, Health Policy and State Affairs
Join OTAC and AOTA advocacy leaders for a complimentary Zoom town hall webinar for an update on advocacy efforts in this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

May 13, 2020 | OTAC President's Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Presented by Heather J. Kitching, OTD, OTR/L
Come hear about OTAC’s current activities and actions on behalf of the profession with emphasis on the impact of COVID-19.

Leadership Development Webinar Series

Transformational and Visionary Leadership in Occupational Therapy - Member Only Webinar/Free - 1 PDU
Presented by Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
This webinar will teach you the key differences between leadership and management; recognizing the traits of transformational and visionary leaders; identifying strategies for successfully developing, communicating, implementing, and sustaining vision; and identifying strategies for motivating and managing resistance to organization change in pursuit of a vision?

Occupational Therapy: Doing Good and Doing Well - Member Only Webinar/Free - 1PDU
Presented by Richard Bookwalter, MS, OTR/L
Most of us enter the occupational therapy profession because we want to ‘do good’ in the world. We also want to ‘do well’ by our families, employers, communities, and profession. How do we do both?

On Demand Virtual Learning

2020 OT in Mental Health Symposium On Demand Webinar - $39 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
This webinar can be purchased in its entirety for the full 3 PDUs or you can purchase each session individually for 1 PDU each. To purchase the individual sessions, please look for the session below in the full list of on demand sessions. Click here to read the session descriptions and presenter bios.
Sessions included in the full webinar:
Lived Experience - Amanda Lipp, Filmmaker | Social Entrepreneur | Speaker
Exploring Voice-Hearers’ Experience of Romantic and Sexual Relationships - Emilio Villavicencio, OTS; Kristen Gottheil, OTS
Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness - Elizabeth “Beth” Ching, OTD, M.Ed., BSOT, OTR/L

Building Stress Resilience in Uncertain Times - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L
Learning Objectives | In the context of COVID-19 pandemic: Articulate the unique perspective of occupational therapy for contextualizing stress resilience. Describe the pillars of lifestyle medicine. Understand the stress response and how stress can be both positive and negative. Explore strategies to build stress resilience in your daily life. Describe the value of setting goals to increase resilience.

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.

Concussion Management and Treatment: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Shannon Westerberg, MA, OTR/L; Madison Harris, OTD, MA, OTR/L
To describe the role and demonstrate the value of occupational therapists working on a multidisciplinary concussion care team. To detail evaluation and intervention methods used with this population.

Dysphagia 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.

Exploring Voice-Hearers’ Experience of Romantic and Sexual Relationships - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Emilio Villavicencio, OTS; Kristen Gottheil, OTS
There is limited research within occupational therapy that explores the impact of occupations with individuals who hear voices. Currently there are no studies that solely focus on romantic and/or sexual relationships with individuals who hear voices. The purpose of this presentation is to address that gap by capturing the experience of romantic and sexual relationships through a qualitative phenomenological study for those who hear voices.

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 grant-funded, 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.

ICD-10 Webinar - $25 members/$45 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Sabrena McCarley, MBA-SL, OTR/L
On October 1, 2015, the current ICD-9 code sets will be replaced by ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases. Assigning ICD-10 diagnosis codes is required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). The course will provide an overview of ICD-10 to assist occupational therapy practitioners with the transition.

Improve Balance, Endurance and Confidence – Innovative Use of Evidence-based ACTIVATOR Poles (specialized Nordic walking poles) in Factors Related to Fall Prevention – Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Mandy Shintani, OT (CAN), MA-Gerontology
Outline: Review current Nordic walking and Activator research related to fall prevention; Highlight the positive outcomes of specialized walking poles as an effective option to canes and reduce/delay the use of walkers when appropriate; Review the Activator technique for stability and off-loading; Demonstrate seated and standing exercises for improving strength and balance.

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.

Innovative Use of Nordic Walking Poles for OT Intervention for Patients with Stroke and Parkinson’s – Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
Presented By Mandy Shintani, OT (CAN), MA-Gerontology
Specialized Nordic walking poles designed by an occupational therapy practitioner called ACTIVATOR Walking Poles have been prescribed extensively as best practices in Canada to promote upper body movement, independence, active living and as a dynamic alternative to traditional devices such as canes. Walking poles are emerging internationally as a new intervention for neuro rehabilitation with outcomes demonstrated by several randomized control trials (RCT) on Parkinson’s and a recent study on strokes.

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.

Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Elizabeth “Beth” Ching, OTD, M.Ed., BSOT, OTR/L
Occupational therapy as a profession must diversify its workforce to meet the needs of a diverse population. This presentation is an excerpt from a module taught to occupational therapy graduate students to introduce the concept of culturally responsive care. “Cultural Competence” is the language used in many health professions that suggests an end-point; however, “Cultural Responsiveness” is a term used in both the professions of education and health to suggest lifelong learning. The learner will participate in brief activities that explore issues of identity and implicit bias. Reducing health disparities with the goal of health equity for all is the call to all health providers.

Learning and the Brain: Facilitate or Educate? - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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.

Lived Experience - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Amanda Lipp, Filmmaker | Social Entrepreneur | Speaker
Amanda shares her story from psychiatric hospitalization during college to becoming an entrepreneur and filmmaker in mental health. She challenges people to think “outside the crayon box” of traditional mental health paradigms: from illness to identity, and adversity to opportunity. Amanda will share how drawing with crayons during the hospital led her to recovery and advocacy in mental health. She will also provide insights and clips from the documentary films she makes in NYC and around the U.S. that promote youth mental health programs and research.

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 - 3 PDUs
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 - 2 PDUs
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 population.

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.

Polyvage Therapy: The Integration into Emotions, Attachment, and Self-Regulation - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
Presented by Peg Bledsoe, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
The Polyvagal Theory and treatment may have a major impact on how a therapist perceives clients of any age. The discernment is imperative for the current physiological and neurophysiological mechanism to reveal underlying arousal that are associated with sympathetic nervous systems and human responses. Dr. Porges has been researching this topic with focus on understanding the impact on human beings since 1983. He evaluates the various aspects of social modulation, and safe or not safe mechanisms of drive self-modulations. In sensory integration we view modulations issues with the Polyvagal system that Dr. Porges and has discovered major influences on effect the nervous system. The theoretical information provides insight for a therapist regarding the behavioral, attachment, emotional, and Self-Regulation of our clients. The introduction presentation of the Polyvagal theory encompasses structure and theory that support self-regulations. The theory expands on the information to support sensory integration with other perspectives in the clients that we administer too, and even for our own selves for regulation.

School-based Telehealth: Bringing Services to Any Child Anywhere - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Presented by Traci Bean, MA, CCC-SLP
Telehealth for school-based occupational therapy (OT) sparks both curiosity and excitement. Learn how online OT is benefitting students. See familiar OT interventions applied in a virtual setting. Explore the research and regulations for effective and compliant teletherapy.

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.

Telehealth Services Strategies for Combining Online and In-Person Visits Post COVID-19 - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and state governments and the California OT Board implemented multiple waivers and policies allowing practice provisions to telehealth services. Now as the California economy starts to reopen, both providers and consumers will have to navigate how to best continue OT services. This webinar will provide an overview of current technology, administrative and clinical guidelines, and will offer planning strategies for combining in-person visits with online visits.

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
Presented by Sue Bowles, OTD, MBA, OTR/L
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 - 3 PDUs
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).

Putting Research into Practice - Deborah Bolding, MS, OTR/L