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COMPLIMENTARY Member Webinars


DIVERSITY/EQUITY/INCLUSION | DISRUPTION

OTAC U

Impact: Experiences of Black Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Students - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Moderated by OTAC President Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTR/L, BCP, MPH
Panelists include Zipporah Brown, OTD, OTR/L; Enjoli Filemu, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM; Lynette Ingram, OTR/L, SWAL, CLE; Porsche Fowlkes-Arthurs, MOT, OTR/L Join us for a panel discussion from our Black colleagues as they share their experiences in the work and educational settings, and the impact it has had on them as professionals and within their practice. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 1) Articulate the impact of racism in occupational therapy practice, 2) Articulate the impact of racism in occupational therapy education, 3) Reflect on their roles in deconstructing racism in their own settings. - 8/2020


OTAC U

Racial Bias and Occupational Therapy - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Alaa Abou-Arab, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will include 1) the importance of research in racial bias given the current climate we are living in; 2) definition of microaggressions (implicit racial bias) and how implicit biases are manifested in the workplace (i.e. microaggressions); 3) how implicit biases are perceived as trauma to people of color and other marginalized communities; and 4) the impact racial bias can have and has had on our profession, from the university curriculum, the practice framework, and clinics. Welcome by OTAC Region 2 Director Rani Waterman, OTD, OTR/L, AMPS. - 7/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Confronting and Addressing Systemic Racism: Living Occupational Therapy Through Ubuntu - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Frank Kronenberg, PhD, BScOT, BAEd; Elelwani Ramugondo, PhD
Never before has systemic racism been called out globally as inherently dehumanizing and genocidal, with Black Lives Matter leading international outrage against racially motivated police brutality. Yet, from the Global South, there has been a long trajectory of theorizing around what it means to be human, and how occupational therapy can give language and provide exemplars for a decolonial healing practice. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

OT Resilience in the Age of Disruption - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 0.75 PDUs
Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BScHP (Massachusetts/USA); Frank Kronenberg, PhD, BScOT, BA Ed (Cape Town/South Africa)
Disruption is often defined as that which causes radical change. This past year our country – and the world – has certainly experienced disruption. Last year these two keynote co-presenters and OT disruptors in their own right met on stage as provocateurs to inspire us to be positive disruptors in our practice settings – to reinvent our profession to face the future. Join us for this fireside chat as Michael and Frank reflect on the profession’s resilience in the face of disruption. - 3/2021


LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT

OTAC U

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? - 3/2019


OTAC U

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? - 1/2019

MENTAL HEALTH | NEURO

OTAC U

Concussion Management and Treatment: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Polyvage Therapy: The Integration into Emotions, Attachment, and Self-Regulation - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
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. - 5/2020


PEDIATRICS | AUTISM

OTAC U

Infants At-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification and Intervention Studies from the insp!re Lab - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Dean and Chair, USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
This talk will describe approaches and challenges to early identification and intervention for infants who may be at risk for a later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), highlighting current research from the insp!re lab team. This presentation will showcase the importance of two key developmental domains -- social-communication and sensory reactivity and regulatory functions -- as behavioral markers for early screening in the first year of life, as well as targets of parent-mediated interventions. Video excerpts from the “Parents and Infants Engaged; PIE” study, funded by NICHD, will be used to demonstrate application of these principles in a model program for infants and their caregivers within the context of home activities and routines. - 9/2020


PHYS DIS | OLDER ADULTS

OTAC U

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
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Innovative Use of Nordic Walking Poles for OT Intervention for Patients with Stroke and Parkinson’s – Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


TELEHEALTH

OTAC U

School-based Telehealth: Bringing Services to Any Child Anywhere - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2018


OTAC U

Telehealth Services Strategies for Combining Online and In-Person Visits Post COVID-19 - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 6/2020


OTAC U

Virtual What? Great Ideas for Unique Times - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Kay Rae Mackey, MS, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist, Los Angeles Unified School District; Heleen Reed, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Clovis Community College; Beth Dillin, MOT, OTR/L, Direct of OT Services, The Speech Pathology Group; Ann-English D. Weaver, MSOT, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist, Goodfellow Occupational Therapy Moderated by Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L; Lisa A. Test, OTD, OTR/L
This Town Hall will showcase occupational therapy practitioners from across the state on how they are supporting children and families with COVID-19. Each presenter will provide a 10-minute presentation sharing tips, evidence, and resources. Participants will broaden their awareness of tools and treatment ideas that can readily be incorporated into practice. Learning objectives: Be able to utilize at least two strategies to incorporate into treatment approaches in a virtual session; Be able to articulate evidence to support strategies in a virtual environment. - 9/2020


WELLNESS

OTAC U

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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Lifestyle Medicine & OT: A perfect fit - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Presented by Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L; Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L; Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L
This Town Hall will introduce Lifestyle Medicine (LM) and explore occupational therapy's role in supporting health, well-being, and prevention using an LM approach. Certification requirements as well as clinical examples will be provided. - 12/2020


Academics/Education


2021 WROTSS

An OTPF Goals Approach to Career Development - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Kyrstin Szewczyk, OTR/L (WA), MOT, CBIS, CEAS I
Learn to write relevant goals for your career, incorporating all areas of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF). There will be in-depth discussion on getting involved in your state association, learning new skills, and boosting your career. - 3/2021


2020 Annual ConferenceDeveloping Clinical Competency and Experiential Learning Through Interactive Simulations - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Maura Lavelle, MS, OTR/L; Wendy Brzozowski, BS, COTA/L; Clint Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CHSE
This course will review the benefits of simulations and the types of simulation modalities in students' training in occupational therapy programs. Processes for integrating simulations into curriculums and Fieldwork I Experiences will be discussed. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Developing Competencies for a Health and Wellness Course - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Teresa Liccardo, MA, OTR/L (NV); Yvonne Randall, EdD, MHA, OTR/L (NV), FAOTA
This presentation will explore current issues in preparing students to practice in health and wellness. Health and wellness competencies will be discussed as a method for ensuring students are prepared to provide services in this area. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

E-Professionalism in a Time of Increased Digital Communication - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Amber Bennett, OTD, OTR/L; Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS
In this interactive session, participants will learn about evidence-based actions occupational therapy practitioners and educators can take to enhance e-professionalism in this time of increased online interaction. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Engagement in Occupations During COVID-19: Academia to Private Practice - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Naomi Achondo, OTD, OTR/L; Luis Arabit, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCN, BCPR, C/NDT, FAOTA; Oliver Obusan, OTR/L
Occupational therapy practitioners can provide valuable service amidst a pandemic. Sharing lived experiences in various settings – academia, government-run healthcare, and private practice – this session will demonstrate how the pandemic shifted the practice in these settings, and its impact on the occupational therapy profession. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Fieldwork Educators’ Guide to Successful Fieldwork Programming - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Joyce Fries, MS, OTR/L; Stephanie Kokesh, OTD, OTR/L
Attendees will receive guidance on developing and implementing fieldwork programming across practice settings, related to placement structure, collaborating with the school, utilizing tangible resources, and enacting a mutually beneficial experience for the fieldwork educator and student. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Fieldwork Educators’ Guide to Successful Fieldwork Programming - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Stephanie Kokesh, OTD, OTR/L
Participants will receive guidance on developing and implementing fieldwork programming across practice settings, related to placement structure, collaborating with the school, utilizing tangible resources, and enacting a mutually beneficial experience for fieldwork educator and student. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Fostering Intraprofessional Collaboration - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Abigail Swidergal, MS, COTA/L (NV), CKTP
The occupational therapy profession is created from two distinct roles meant to work collaboratively and in cooperation for the best outcomes for service recipients. Learn how to create the best possible outcome for intraprofessional collaboration. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Maximizing Student Learning in Remote, Role-Emerging Level II Fieldwork - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Prisca Wu, OTD, OTR/L; Clarissa Saunders-Newton, PhD, OTR/L
The presentation will review the rationale and strategies used to create a robust remote Level II Fieldwork experience in a role-emerging setting through clearly defined fieldwork learning objectives, unique learning activities, self-assessments, and guided reflections. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Mentoring OT Students Using Telehealth Interventions - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Michelle Tipton-Burton, MS, OTR/L; Fiona Dunbar, OTS; Jennifer Jeffery, OTS
Telehealth is endorsed by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) but there has been limited use of this service with occupational therapy students. This presentation will discuss how telehealth principles and practices were implemented in a Fieldwork Level I experience. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Navigating an Online Learning Environment with ADHD - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Savanna Forry, OTR/L; Rashelle Nagata, OTD, OTR/L; Bethrese Padini, OTS
Students with ADHD require creative solutions to address their overall health, wellness, and academic success within an online learning environment. Learn how to adapt interventions for college students with ADHD to your population of interest. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Navigating the Tide: Health Science Student and Faculty of Color Academic Experiences - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Elizabeth Ching, OTD, M.Ed, BSOT, OTR/L; Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L
This session will present findings of a qualitative case study, which describes the need for quality mentorship, spaces to dialogue about racism, and institutional support for the success of students and faculty of color in academia. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Navigating Unexpected Change: The Evolution of a Profession - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bailey Zubel, OTD, OTR/L; Heather Kitching, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
COVID-19 altered academic education and practice resulting in a residual shift for Level II Fieldwork that can positively impact the future of the profession. The presenters will review the resultant wins, losses, and forward momentum. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy Practitioners Support Preparations for Disasters and Emergencies - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mary Schmitz, OTD, OT/L (AZ); Asha Asher, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA; Catherine Gardner, OTD (NJ), MPA, OT, FAOTA; Susan Skees Hermes, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
There is a distinct role for occupational therapy in disaster planning and preparedness across settings. Culturally-effective safety plans considering individual strengths and challenges, threats, and available supports will be discussed. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

OT and OTA FWII: Clubhouse International Site Collaboration - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Jessica Padilla, COTA/L; Faith Moy, OTR/L; Jennifer Brouwers, OTS; Zurit Horowitz, OTS; Becky Hua, OTS
Level II Fieldwork students and faculty will share how they collaborated to create a virtual clubhouse for two Clubhouse International sites that were struggling to meet the club members’ needs during COVID-19. Participants will learn about the Clubhouse International model, how OT/OTA Level II Fieldwork students and faculty created the virtual clubhouse, and how they added leadership training to the clubhouse programs. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

OT Practice: Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Disruption - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Come hear from the leadership of various collaborating WROTSS states on the impact of COVID-19 and how they have demonstrated resilience and are looking to the future in the face of significant disruption. Moderator: Chuck Willmarth, CAE, AOTA Vice President, Health Policy and State Affairs - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

OTAs in Research - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Abigail Swidergal, MS, COTA/L (NV), CKTP; Melissa Tilton, COTA/L (MA), BS, ROH
Vision 2025 pillars provide opportunities for OTAs within research, increasing evidence for practice, creating new leaders, increasing collaboration, growing accessibility through intervention, and increasing diversity in the thoughts, ideas, and population participating in occupational therapy research. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Promoting Occupational Justice in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Joahnes Gatdula, OTD, OTR/L, ITOT
This session will discuss the role of occupational therapy in promoting occupational justice through a community-built model in Level II Fieldwork placement. In-depth review of program objectives, evaluation tool, Model of Human Occupation FOR, and evidence-based treatment interventions for homelessness population will be discussed. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Socially-Distant and Socially-Constructed: An Inter-Institutional Faculty Learning Community - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Erin McIntyre, OTD, OTR/L; Jeni Dulek, OTD, OTR/L; Laura Bostock, MOT, OTR/L; Michelle Gorenberg, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will detail the development, implementation, and outcomes of a virtual faculty-led book club learning community and asynchronous platform for sharing of ideas and resources. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Supporting College Students During the Pandemic - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Myka Winder, OTD, OTR/L; Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) has a role to play in supporting college students in lifestyle management, building connection, and accessing resources during the pandemic. This presentation will detail opportunities for OT to be involved in this emerging area. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Supporting Undocumented Students through an Occupational and Education Equity Lens - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Celso Delgado, Jr., OTD, OTR/L, BCMH; Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L; Flavio Guzman Magaño, MS;Daniel Padilla Vega, OTS
The presenters will discuss the benefits of using an occupational and education equity lens for supporting undocumented college students. The presentation will also include case studies, panel, best practices, policies, and resources for undocumented students. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Impact of Visual Skills on Academic Learning - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Regina Richards, MA, BCET
This presentation will explore the relationship between visual skills and academic learning and how inefficient visual skills can interfere with learning efficiency. Participants will practice the visual skills and handouts will include a variety of references. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Transforming OT Post-Pandemic: Expanding Practice and Engagement - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mary Evert, MBA, OTRL, FAOTA, SCD (hon); Tammy Richmond, MS, OTRL, FAOTA
This session will discuss and promote business and service model recommendations to provide occupational therapy practitioners and educators information and tools to transform and expand future practice, education, and research, which responds to post-pandemic needs. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Transitioning from Clinician to Academic - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Luis Arabit, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCN, BCPR, C/NDT, FAOTA; Terry Catipon-Peralta, PhD, OTR/L; Allen Espelita, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, CEAS
This presentation will focus on clinicians who are exploring and considering venturing into academia as a future practice environment. It will highlight academic career planning, preparation, expectations, and feature experiences of practitioners who transitioned as academics. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Virtual Interprofessional Education Using IPEC Core Competency Domains - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT; Norman Belleza, PT, DPT
This workshop will demonstrate interprofessional education using designated activities for each IPEC Core Competency Domain. Novel virtual activities will include scavenger hunts, escape rooms, chart reviews, and virtual simulations with debriefings using online engagement tools. - 10/2020


Advocacy/Leadership/Management


2020 Annual ConferenceAdvocacy: Legislative and Regulatory Updates in 2020 - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Lauren Lopez, OTD; Chuck Willmarth, CAE; Jennifer Hendrick Snyder, MHA; Lindsay Gullahorn, BA
Join us for an in-depth briefing on the latest legislative and regulatory changes on the state and federal levels impacting the occupational therapy profession. Come learn more about these issues and upcoming initiatives to build your capacity and knowledge as an advocate for the profession. Get the latest information on how to stay informed and get involved in OTAC's advocacy efforts. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Be a Political Advocate for Occupational Therapy in the Healthcare Environment- $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Lauren Lopez, OTD, OTR/L; Carnie Lewis, OTD, OTR/L; Chuck Willmarth, CAE; Jennifer Hendrick Synder, MHA; Lindsay Gullahorn, BA
Be a political advocate for occupational therapy in the healthcare environment. This session will provide an in-depth tutorial on how to be a political advocate for occupational therapy, expand your knowledge of the legislative process, and understand the role of social media in grassroots advocacy. This session will include a hands-on component to learn how to engage with your local legislators and interact on social media. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Creating a Supportive Work Environment for Employees of Color: A Conversation between a White Supervisor and a Black Employee - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Amers Goff, MA, OTR/L; Rodney Harris, COTA/L; Serena Hobson, MA, OTR/L
Creating diversity in the work place cannot end when a practitioner of color is hired. Creating a safe and equitable work environment for clinicians who are Black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) requires supervisors and employees to engage in an ongoing dialogue about racism and racial bias present in the workplace. In this presentation, a white supervising OTR/L will sit down with a Black COTA/L to discuss how they have navigated conversations about race within a nonpublic school setting. This will include practical suggestions to white supervisors on how to begin creating a safe environment for employees of color. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Embracing Positive Prospects for Protecting Our Populations in the Face of COVID-19: The Unique Perspective of OT - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Wendy Hildenbrand, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Mary M. Evert, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA, ScD(Hon)
This session will cover personal and client emergency situations to gain a better understanding of needed insights, competencies, and the ethical imperative to anticipate preparedness and responses. Areas covered will include logistics of preparation plans, the need for situational awareness of the safety of physical and social environments, communication and personal information necessities, prioritization of needs in case of an immediate crisis, and the mental health components and partnerships helpful to surviving various types of calamities. Identifying gaps in our current approaches and positive outcomes for future modifications, changing practice mandates, and clarifying payment for our services are just a few of our future focused goals. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Occupational Therapy: Doing Good and Doing Well - Member Only Webinar/Free - 1PDU
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? - 3/2019


2020 Annual Conference

OT Practitioner Licensing in a Pandemic - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Richard Bookwalter, MS, OTR/L, CBOT President; Heather Martin, CBOT Executive Officer
Learn from the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT) about changes to OT and OTA licensing in 2020. New licensing waivers and rules address the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates limiting Board scrutiny of past criminal convictions. Efforts to allow a practitioner licensed in one state to work in another state will also be discussed. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

OT Telehealth COVID–19 and Beyond: Policy Updates, Resources, Tools, and Case Uses - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
The COVID-19 pandemic created significant changes to occupational therapy services. The course will discuss current policy changes, services, resources, and case use examples of newly integrated telehealth services and how we can sustain telehealth. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Power, Privilege, Culture: Action Research Reflections from Colombia - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Chelsea Rivera, OTD, OTR/L
Utilizing OTD research conducted within an African-descendent village in Cartagena, Colombia, this presentation will explore how the intersection of culture, privilege, and identity present both barriers and opportunities for action-based research in marginalized communities. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Sparking Change at Work: Strategies for Everyday Practitioners - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Aaron Picus, OTD, OTR/L
This workshop combines research inside and outside of occupational therapy with the experiences of current change-agent practitioners to provide practitioners without formal authority skills and strategies to get a change started in their organization. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Benefits of Integrating Telehealth Consultation and Monitoring into your Existing Practice - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTRL, FAOTA
Remote patient monitoring and telehealth consultation most often are delegated to physician models of care. COVID- 19 brought opportunities for occupational therapy (OT) practitioners to provide these services. This session will discuss how to deploy these OT services. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The New OT Practice Framework: Use in Everyday Practice - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L
The changes in the fourth edition of the OT Practice Framework, recently released by AOTA, reflect the dynamic and exciting changes emerging in our profession. This session will present those changes as well as guide participants through the Framework and how it can be used in practice. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Transformational and Visionary Leadership in Occupational Therapy - Member Only Webinar/Free - 1 PDU
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? - 1/2019


General Practice


OTAC U

Building Stress Resilience in Uncertain Times - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


2021 WROTSS

Clinical Reasoning: Occupational Therapy Sleep Assessments and Interventions - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Patricia Librea, OTS; Kathleen Apostol, OTS; Kanika Eng, OTS; Thong Vo, OTS
This study explored the clinical reasoning behind the selection and utilization of sleep assessments and interventions by occupational therapy practitioners – revealing that they are selected based on convenience, environmental-external factors, values, knowledge and education, and client-centeredness. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Engagement in Occupations During COVID-19: Academia to Private Practice - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Naomi Achondo, OTD, OTR/L; Luis Arabit, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCN, BCPR, C/NDT, FAOTA; Oliver Obusan, OTR/L
Occupational therapy practitioners can provide valuable service amidst a pandemic. Sharing lived experiences in various settings – academia, government-run healthcare, and private practice – this session will demonstrate how the pandemic shifted the practice in these settings, and its impact on the occupational therapy profession. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Healing and Mindfulness - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


2021 WROTSS

IDD and Dementia: Intervention Through Occupation - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Laura Golden, OTD, OTR/L (TX)
This presentation will discuss the signs of dementia specific to individuals with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and its impact on function and behavior. The presentation will provide strategies for effective interventions for individuals with IDD co-occurring and dementia. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Lifestyle Medicine & OT: A perfect fit - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L; Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L; Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L
This Town Hall will introduce Lifestyle Medicine (LM) and explore occupational therapy's role in supporting health, well-being, and prevention using an LM approach. Certification requirements as well as clinical examples will be provided. - 12/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Making Functional Cognition Part of Your Practice - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, DipCOT, OTR/L, FAOTA
The evaluation of functional cognition (FC), defined as the ability to use and integrate thinking and performance skills in the performance of complex everyday activities, is a central concern of occupational therapy practitioners’ professional practice. Historically occupational therapy practitioners have had an ambivalent attitude to cognition, but the definition of FC as the cognitive processes necessary for the performance of IADL firmly places FC within the purview of occupational therapy and helps to delineate professional boundaries. This presentation will define FC and describe rapid screening methods and assessments, and how these can be used to inform clinical practice. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Motivational Interviewing for Individuals with Persistent Pain - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
John Rider, MS, OTR/L (NV), MSCS, CEAS; Paula Cook, OTD, OTR/L (NV), CIMI
This course will provide participants with a foundational knowledge of motivational interviewing, emphasizing application in occupational therapy practice with individuals experiencing persistent pain. Participants will gain skills that can be applied immediately in clinical practice. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

OT Practitioner Licensing in a Pandemic - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Richard Bookwalter, MS, OTR/L, CBOT President; Heather Martin, CBOT Executive Officer
Learn from the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT) about changes to OT and OTA licensing in 2020. New licensing waivers and rules address the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates limiting Board scrutiny of past criminal convictions. Efforts to allow a practitioner licensed in one state to work in another state will also be discussed. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Sparking Change at Work: Strategies for Everyday Practitioners - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Aaron Picus, OTD, OTR/L
This workshop combines research inside and outside of occupational therapy with the experiences of current change-agent practitioners to provide practitioners without formal authority skills and strategies to get a change started in their organization. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Telehealth Services Strategies for Combining Online and In-Person Visits Post COVID-19 - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 6/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Distinct Value of OT in Diabetes Care - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gina Mulanthara, MS, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners are carving out their role in diabetes care. In this session, participants will learn the essential components of diabetes assessment and gain experience with intervention strategies key to OT intervention in this practice area. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The New OT Practice Framework: Use in Everyday Practice - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L
The changes in the fourth edition of the OT Practice Framework, recently released by AOTA, reflect the dynamic and exciting changes emerging in our profession. This session will present those changes as well as guide participants through the Framework and how it can be used in practice. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

The Power of Lifestyle Interventions Throughout Cancer Care - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Emma Schiewe, MA, OTR/L
Attend this session to learn about the growing need for lifestyle intervention approaches to address cancer diagnoses. Explore how occupational therapy can utilize holistic lifestyle intervention to promote an individual’s health and wellness. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

The River Flows Despite COVID-19: An Occupational Therapy Perspective on Resilience and Hope in the Age of Social Disruption - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BScHP (Massachusetts/USA)
This session will examine the anatomy of social disruption and resilience in the day-to-day realities of occupational therapy practitioners, and how the principles of our practice can inspire hope and a better way forward. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

The Value of Complementary Techniques Impacts the Practice of Occupational Therapy - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Peg Bledsoe, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BPC
Complementary techniques can aid infants to adults in improving their occupational skills. The complementary techniques can assist any individual (pediatrics-geriatrics) with one or multiple disabilities in various settings from home to clinic. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Across Practice Settings - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
John Rider, MS, OTR/L (NV), MSCS, CEAS; Ezra Alex, OTS
In this primer course on thoracic outlet syndrome designed for OT practitioners working in any practice setting, participants will review relevant anatomy, observe special tests for evaluation, and practice evidence-based interventions to increase occupational engagement. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Transitioning to New Areas of Practice - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3PDUs
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. - 4/2011


OTAC U

Understanding the Documentation Requirements and Appeal Process - "How to Effectively Get Paid for the Services You Provide" - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 6/2011


Healthcare Equity/Racial Justice


2021 WROTSS

A Love Supreme: Grappling with Systemic Racism in OT - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Frank Kronenberg, PhD, BScOT, BA Ed (Cape Town/South Africa)
Framed around the four parts (acknowledgement, resolution, pursuance, and psalm) of John Coltrane’s 1964 classic jazz album ‘A Love Supreme,’ this presentation will delve into our current challenges in grappling with systemic racism in occupational therapy in a novel way. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Black Health Matters: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creating Health Equality - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Serena Hobson, MA, OTR/L; Claudia Quarshie; Jai Kemp; Tamyra Fisk; Breanna Omuziligbo, ASW; Maya Omuziligbo
The Black community in America, over 43 million individuals, is disproportionately affected by chronic conditions. We will explore occupational therapy’s role and value in addressing Black health inequities and occupational injustices with an interdisciplinary team. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Confronting and Addressing Systemic Racism: Living Occupational Therapy Through Ubuntu - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Frank Kronenberg, PhD, BScOT, BAEd; Elelwani Ramugondo, PhD
Never before has systemic racism been called out globally as inherently dehumanizing and genocidal, with Black Lives Matter leading international outrage against racially motivated police brutality. Yet, from the Global South, there has been a long trajectory of theorizing around what it means to be human, and how occupational therapy can give language and provide exemplars for a decolonial healing practice. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Creating a Supportive Work Environment for Employees of Color: A Conversation between a White Supervisor and a Black Employee - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Amers Goff, MA, OTR/L; Rodney Harris, COTA/L; Serena Hobson, MA, OTR/L
Creating diversity in the work place cannot end when a practitioner of color is hired. Creating a safe and equitable work environment for clinicians who are Black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) requires supervisors and employees to engage in an ongoing dialogue about racism and racial bias present in the workplace. In this presentation, a white supervising OTR/L will sit down with a Black COTA/L to discuss how they have navigated conversations about race within a nonpublic school setting. This will include practical suggestions to white supervisors on how to begin creating a safe environment for employees of color. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Impact: Experiences of Black Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Students - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Moderated by OTAC President Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTR/L, BCP, MPH
Panelists include Zipporah Brown, OTD, OTR/L; Enjoli Filemu, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM; Lynette Ingram, OTR/L, SWAL, CLE; Porsche Fowlkes-Arthurs, MOT, OTR/L Join us for a panel discussion from our Black colleagues as they share their experiences in the work and educational settings, and the impact it has had on them as professionals and within their practice. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 1) Articulate the impact of racism in occupational therapy practice, 2) Articulate the impact of racism in occupational therapy education, 3) Reflect on their roles in deconstructing racism in their own settings. - 8/2020


2020 Annual Conference

LGBT Seniors: Impact of a Safe Space on Occupation - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Daniel Swiatek, OTD, OTR/L
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) seniors face unique issues related to identity preservation and discrimination not found in other populations of seniors. This current research study sought to understand how a safe space improves their occupational participation. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Navigating the Tide: Health Science Student and Faculty of Color Academic Experiences - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Elizabeth Ching, OTD, M.Ed, BSOT, OTR/L; Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L
This session will present findings of a qualitative case study, which describes the need for quality mentorship, spaces to dialogue about racism, and institutional support for the success of students and faculty of color in academia. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Power, Privilege, Culture: Action Research Reflections from Colombia - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Chelsea Rivera, OTD, OTR/L
Utilizing OTD research conducted within an African-descendent village in Cartagena, Colombia, this presentation will explore how the intersection of culture, privilege, and identity present both barriers and opportunities for action-based research in marginalized communities. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Promoting Occupational Justice in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Joahnes Gatdula, OTD, OTR/L, ITOT
This session will discuss the role of occupational therapy in promoting occupational justice through a community-built model in Level II Fieldwork placement. In-depth review of program objectives, evaluation tool, Model of Human Occupation FOR, and evidence-based treatment interventions for homelessness population will be discussed. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Racial Bias and Occupational Therapy - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Alaa Abou-Arab, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will include 1) the importance of research in racial bias given the current climate we are living in; 2) definition of microaggressions (implicit racial bias) and how implicit biases are manifested in the workplace (i.e. microaggressions); 3) how implicit biases are perceived as trauma to people of color and other marginalized communities; and 4) the impact racial bias can have and has had on our profession, from the university curriculum, the practice framework, and clinics. Welcome by OTAC Region 2 Director Rani Waterman, OTD, OTR/L, AMPS. - 7/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Racism in Healthcare and What OTs Can Do - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Sheela Ivlev, MS, OTR/L, CMHIMP
How are racial disparities in healthcare considered when providing client-centered OT services? This session will review the negative impacts of implicit bias, racial trauma, and racism, and recommend ways to provide equitable client-centered care. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Supporting Undocumented Students through an Occupational and Education Equity Lens - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Celso Delgado, Jr., OTD, OTR/L, BCMH; Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L; Flavio Guzman Magaño, MS; Daniel Padilla Vega, OTS
The presenters will discuss the benefits of using an occupational and education equity lens for supporting undocumented college students. The presentation will also include case studies, panel, best practices, policies, and resources for undocumented students. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Youth Homelessness: An Occupational Therapy Perspective - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bianca M. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Margaret M. Bursch, OTS
This presentation will explore the unique occupational needs of youth experiencing homelessness and the role of occupational therapy with this population. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Why Mental Health Matters: Sharing our Stories During the Time of the Pandemic - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Elizabeth Ching, OTD, M.Ed, BSOT, OTR/L
This session was originally conducted with teens to discuss mental health. It includes interactive strategies to build resilience in the time of the pandemic and will be presented exactly as the original teen session. - 10/2020


Member Updates (No PDUs)


Watch/listen to updates from OTAC leaders on current association activities and professional issues.


OTAC U

May 27, 2020 | Advocating for OT in a Pandemic | Legislation. Regulation. Scope of Practice. And More.
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.


Mental Health/Behavioral Health/Wellness


OTAC U

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. - 4/2020
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


A Family of Veterans: An Introspective View of Intersectionality on Military Culture and Female Soldiers of Color - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L
This presentation will provide attendees with greater insight into some of the challenges females of color experience within a military culture through personal reflections from sisters who each served in a different military branch. - 4/2021


2020 Annual ConferenceBenefits of a Trauma-Informed Aquatic Wellness Program - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bianca Callier, OTD, OTR/L; Zipporah Brown, OTD, OTR/L
This will be a presentation on the benefits of an aquatic wellness program in an underserved community. Attendees will learn how to incorporate into practice the dynamic and complex concepts of wellness and trauma-informed care approaches. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Bringing Sensation to Life in Substance Use Treatment - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Jessica De Brun, OTD, MOT, OTR/L; Erin McIntyre, OTD, MA, OTR/L
This presentation will provide an overview of the evolution of traumainformed, sensory-based approaches used in substance use treatment along with an opportunity to engage and explore in the experience of the sensory group process. - 3/2021


Building Bonds to Support Students: Utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach to School-Based Practice - $35 members/ $45 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L; Kimberly Rice Lalezari, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Practitioners need to be better equipped to provide support to our students. The “pandemic” made this especially clear that we need the tools and to increase our capacity to support our students. This mini-workshop will do just that. - 9/2021


Building and Sustaining Healthy Communities: Understanding the Impact of Racism on Mental Health and Occupational Engagement - $10 members/$20 nonmembers - 0.5 PDUs
Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L - 4/2021


Building Sensory Connections in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Colleen Carroll, OTR/L
Sensory strategies are inventive, trauma-informed tools. They can help meet the unique needs of individuals with mental illness while decreasing the need for seclusion and restraints in the inpatient psychiatric setting. Come learn how to build sensory connections in the inpatient psychiatric setting. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Building Stress Resilience in Uncertain Times - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Collaboratively Approaching Community Mental Health for At-Risk Youth - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


2020 Annual Conference

Cultivating Mindfulness at the Critical Moment - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, MBSR, RYT
This workshop will offer tools and practices that enable participants to feel a greater sense of stability, strength, calm, and resilience. Participants will learn to connect to inner resources to promote clarity and effective coping skills. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Deepening Your Practice with the Kawa Model - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Heather Javaherian, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Praveen Injeti, BS, MFT, OT/L; Erica Herrera, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
The Kawa Model can be used in many practice settings to elicit patient narratives and provide client-centered care. We will describe the Kawa Model in behavioral health, hand therapy, and community-based settings covering evaluation, intervention, and documentation. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Engaging Caregivers: Community Mental Health for At-Risk Youth - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
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. - 3/2012


2021 WROTSS

Evidence-Based Self-Regulation Skills Training for Adolescents and Adults - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Noelle Schorn, MA, OTR/L; Samantha Valasek, OTD, OTR/L, TTS
Improve your understanding of self-regulation as we explore its connection to health behavior and occupational engagement. Learn specific selfregulation strategies and how to develop these skills in your patients to help them achieve their goals. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Exploring Voice-Hearers’ Experience of Romantic and Sexual Relationships - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Heal Thyself: Disability, Pain, Cognitive Flexibility, and Hope - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Aaron Picus, OTD, OTR/L
Drawing upon the presenter’s personal experience, participants will learn ways to support clients facing chronic pain, inflammatory health conditions, and invisible disabilities, focusing on cognitivebehavioral strategies, positioning and activity modifications, and therapeutic use of self. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Healing and Mindfulness - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


2021 WROTSS

IDD and Dementia: Intervention Through Occupation - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Laura Golden, OTD, OTR/L (TX)
This presentation will discuss the signs of dementia specific to individuals with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and its impact on function and behavior. The presentation will provide strategies for effective interventions for individuals with IDD co-occurring and dementia. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Implementing Performance-Based Cognitive Assessments in the Hospital Setting- $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Amanda Blattman, OTD, OTR/L (AZ); Sara Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L (AZ), BCPR, CBIS
Authors will present results of an occupational therapy-led IRB approved research study. Through understanding the results, attendees will learn the benefits and feasibility of implementing performance-based cognitive assessments to provide more expanded discharge recommendations. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Increased QOL with OT for Formerly Homeless Women - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Aimee Villalpando, OTS, CNS; Gabrielle Romero, OTS; Kim Yan, OTS; Natalie Lodeen, OTS
These presenters will discuss their exploration of the impact of theatrebased mindful occupational therapy interventions on the development of healthy daily routines, nourishing relationships, and an enhanced quality of life (QOL) for formerly homeless women living in permanent supportive housing (PSH). - 3/2021


OTAC U

Integrating Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology into Practice - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
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. - 7/2011


OTAC U

Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


2021 WROTSS

Lifestyle Medicine and Occupational Therapy: A Natural Fit - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Christy Billock, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM; Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L, DipACLM; Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L; Heather Javaherian, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
This presentation will introduce lifestyle medicine and how it can enhance occupational participation for prevention and wellness in a range of settings. Participants will learn the pillars of lifestyle medicine and their application in occupational therapy. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Lived Experience - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


2021 WROTSS

Mental Health OT for Adults with Intellectual Disability - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Lillian Sun, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will discuss the current literature on the mental health needs and best practices for adults with intellectual disabilities and how that influenced the establishment of occupational therapy services within a multidisciplinary day program to enhance occupational well-being. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Mindfulness and Healing: A Mini-Retreat - $35 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $75 members/ $89 nonmembers - 4 PDUs
Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, MBSR, RYT
This webinar will offer evidence-based tools, practices, and techniques that enable participants to gain a greater sense of stability, strength, and resilience. Participants will learn to connect to their own inner resources to promote clarity and effective coping skills. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Neurodiversity and Allyship: Fostering a Strengths-Based Perspective - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Linsey Smith, OTD, OTR/L; Kayla Johari, OTS; Jenna Freeman, OTS
This session will discuss why understanding neurodiversity across the lifespan is relevant to occupational therapy. Participants will learn about presuming competence, implementing strengths-based strategies, and how occupational therapy practitioners can be allies to the autism community. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Resilience: A New Construct and Its Measurement - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bernard Muriithi, PhD, OTR/L (AZ); Jennifer Muriithi, OTD, OTR/L (AZ)
Occupational resilience is a new construct in occupational therapy. Participants will learn about why the new construct is timely in clinical practice and research. Attendees will practice administration and scoring of the Occupational Resilience Measure. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Occupational Therapy: Interdisciplinary Team Roles in Psychosocial Rehabilitation - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Mental Health: Dual Diagnoses and Interdisciplinary Care - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Joyce Yoo, OTD, OTR/L; Emma Wallace, OTD, OTR/L
Attendees will have a chance to explore, learn, and practice clinical occupational engagement with clients with dual diagnoses (mental health diagnoses and developmental disability) and the various factors demonstrating the need for interdisciplinary work. - 3/2021


Panel: How do you incorporate mental health in your practice? - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTRL, BCP, MPH; Katie Opdycke, MOS, OTR/L; Shelby Surfas, OTD, OTR/L; Ann-English Dillon Weaver, MSOT, OTR/L
This dynamic and diverse panel will answer key questions about incorporating mental health in their practice. - 9/2021


OTAC UPanel: Occupational Justice for the Unhoused - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Gina Phelps, OTD, OTR/L; Erin McIntyre, OTD, OTR/L; Bianca Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Robin Martin, OTS
Panelists will share their experiences in providing mental health occupational therapy services to the unhoused population in various community settings. Strategies for how the panelists promoted occupational therapy and partnered with community sites will be shared. - 4/2021


Peers with Purpose: Young Adult Social Committee - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Madison Aguirre, MA, OTR/L
This presentation outlines a needs assessment used to examine the social-emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young adults with disabilities. The development of an occupation-based group protocol based on a sample of students who participated will be reviewed. The group protocol incorporates principles of self-determination to enable students to lead their Peers with Purpose Social Committee. - 9/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Practicing What We Preach: Wellness Strategies for the Busy OT - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Renee Makin, OTD, OTR/L
This session will provide a refresher of strategies to address and prevent burnout for occupational therapy practitioners. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Role of Occupational Therapy in Street-Based, Homeless Healthcare - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Rachel Kent, OTR/L; Lauren Espinoza, OTD, OTR/L
This session will explore the complex needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and the unique role that occupational therapy plays in addressing these needs on a primary care street-based medicine team in Los Angeles County. - 3/2021


Social-Emotional Learning from a Distance: Tools and Processes for Anytime, Anywhere - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Jessica Hannigan, EdD
Our students need social and emotional learning more than ever! How can we determine their needs and where do we begin? This session offers tools and best practice processes for social-emotional learning (SEL) that you can implement immediately in any learning environment. - 9/2021


The Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Schools: Making Every Moment Count - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor Emerita, Cleveland State University Founding Director, Every Moment Counts, LLC
The aim of occupational therapy services addressing mental health is to help all individuals develop and maintain positive mental health, prevent mental ill-health, and recover from mental health challenges in order to live full and productive lives. This presentation focuses on occupational therapy’s distinct value in mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth in school settings. The relationship between meaningful and enjoyable participation in occupations and positive mental health will be emphasized. Every Moment Counts examples of how to implement occupation-based services within a multi-tiered mental health framework in schools will be provided along with a brief review of website resources. Specific attention to how the pandemic has impacted mental health and occupational therapy’s distinct contributions on interdisciplinary teams will be highlighted. - 9/2021


2020 Annual Conference

The Role of OT in Gun Violence Prevention - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Manisha Sheth, OTD, OTR/L; Sara Macaluso, OTS
Occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely positioned to recognize and address risk factors related to gun violence. The presentation will discuss and share conversations about the role of occupational therapy in preventing gun violence tragedies. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Utilizing Therapeutic Use of Self for Treatment Resistant Patients - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Ingrid Leu, OTD, OTR/L; Rodney Harris, COTA/L
As occupational therapy practitoners we all encounter challenging patients, whether it is because they are viewed as “noncompliant” or maybe even “confrontational.” This session aims to provide strategies for working with these treatment resistant patients. - 3/2021


Older Adults/Geriatrics


2020 Annual Conference

Activator® Course for Rehabilitation Professionals - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mandy Shintani, BScOT, MA(CAN); Randy Siegel, MA, OT/L
Designed by an occupational therapy practitioner, Activator® walking poles are prescribed as best practices in Canada to promote upper body movement, independence, factors related to fall prevention, active living, and as an alternative to canes. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Cognition and the IADL of Driving - $26 members/$46 nonmembers - 1.75 PDUs
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. - 3/2012


2020 Annual Conference

Fall Prevention: It's Time to Not Fall Behind - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Beth Sullivan, OTD, OTR/L
This course aims to improve occupational therapy practitioners’ understanding of the complex nature of falls in older adults and to utilize evidence-based interventions to reduce falls for the aging population. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Feasibility of End-of-Life OT Interventions in Acute Oncology - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tabitha Lin, MA, OTR/L; Sherry Hite, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) in end-of-life (EOL) care remains a difficult practice due to various factors, including practitioner-perceived readiness and systematic barriers. This presentation will illuminate evidence-based, feasible recommendations to optimize OT interventions for EOL care in acute oncology. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Get-Up-and-Go: Community-Based Fall Prevention for Older Adults - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Raheema Hemraj, MS, OTR/L; Erinna Poon, MS, OTR/L
Attendees will learn how to evaluate fall risk factors for community-dwelling older adult clients, select evidence-based interventions for individuals and groups, and practice cognitive-behavioral approaches that support healthy lifestyles. - 10/2020


OTAC U

“Healthy Seniors,” Phase 1: Development and Implementation - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 10/2011


2020 Annual Conference

Heart to Heart SNF Dementia Volunteer Training Program - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Nhat Hoang, OTS; Kiyomi Kuroda, OTS; Victoria Ramia, OTS; Kelsy Wallance, OTS
A Heart to Heart volunteer training program will improve the quality of life for skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents with dementia by facilitating resident engagement in meaningful occupations. Occupational therapy practitioners will learn how to educate volunteers to simplify activities and use effective communication. - 10/2020


OTAC U

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
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Innovative Use of Nordic Walking Poles for OT Intervention for Patients with Stroke and Parkinson’s – Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


2020 Annual Conference

LGBT Seniors: Impact of a Safe Space on Occupation - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Daniel Swiatek, OTD, OTR/L
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) seniors face unique issues related to identity preservation and discrimination not found in other populations of seniors. This current research study sought to understand how a safe space improves their occupational participation. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Occupational Therapy's Role in Adaptation to Retirement Among an Aging Workforce - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Boguslawa (Bo) Syrotiak, MS, MA, OTR/L
Occupational therapy offers value in the retirement transition for an aging workforce. This presentation will discuss the challenges of transitioning to retirement, and how occupational therapy practitioners could assist retirees living their lives to the fullest. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Age-Friendly Healthcare Practices - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD, OTR/L; Precious Dimalanta, OTS
Age-friendly healthcare includes evidence-based geriatric best practices that minimize harm and promote high-quality care for older adults. Occupational therapy has a vital role in addressing the 4Ms of Age-Friendly Care: What Matters, Mentation, Mobility, and Medication. - 10/2020


OT Resilience


2021 WROTSS

Mindfulness and Healing: A Mini-Retreat - $35 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $75 members/ $89 nonmembers - 4 PDUs
Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, MBSR, RYT
This webinar will offer evidence-based tools, practices, and techniques that enable participants to gain a greater sense of stability, strength, and resilience. Participants will learn to connect to their own inner resources to promote clarity and effective coping skills. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Navigating Unexpected Change: The Evolution of a Profession - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bailey Zubel, OTD, OTR/L; Heather Kitching, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
COVID-19 altered academic education and practice resulting in a residual shift for Level II Fieldwork that can positively impact the future of the profession. The presenters will review the resultant wins, losses, and forward momentum. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Resilience: A New Construct and Its Measurement - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bernard Muriithi, PhD, OTR/L (AZ); Jennifer Muriithi, OTD, OTR/L (AZ)
Occupational resilience is a new construct in occupational therapy. Participants will learn about why the new construct is timely in clinical practice and research. Attendees will practice administration and scoring of the Occupational Resilience Measure. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy Practitioners Support Preparations for Disasters and Emergencies - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mary Schmitz, OTD, OT/L (AZ); Asha Asher, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA; Catherine Gardner, OTD (NJ), MPA, OT, FAOTA; Susan Skees Hermes, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
There is a distinct role for occupational therapy in disaster planning and preparedness across settings. Culturally-effective safety plans considering individual strengths and challenges, threats, and available supports will be discussed. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

OT Practice: Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Disruption - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Come hear from the leadership of various collaborating WROTSS states on the impact of COVID-19 and how they have demonstrated resilience and are looking to the future in the face of significant disruption. Moderator: Chuck Willmarth, CAE, AOTA Vice President, Health Policy and State Affairs - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

The River Flows Despite COVID-19: An Occupational Therapy Perspective on Resilience and Hope in the Age of Social Disruption - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BScHP (Massachusetts/USA)
This session will examine the anatomy of social disruption and resilience in the day-to-day realities of occupational therapy practitioners, and how the principles of our practice can inspire hope and a better way forward. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Transforming OT Post-Pandemic: Expanding Practice and Engagement - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mary Evert, MBA, OTRL, FAOTA, SCD (hon); Tammy Richmond, MS, OTRL, FAOTA
This session will discuss and promote business and service model recommendations to provide occupational therapy practitioners and educators information and tools to transform and expand future practice, education, and research, which responds to post-pandemic needs. - 3/2021


Pediatrics/Early Intervention/School-Based


2020 Annual Conference

An “Alternative-for-Suspension” for 3-Tier Students: Call for OT - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bonnie Nakasuji, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Marilyn Noriega, MA,OTR/L; Amanda Routt, OTD, OTR/L; Maribel Martinez, EDD
This presentation will describe occupational therapy-led programs (including successes and challenges) designed to address first-grade students' behaviors as an “alternative-for-suspension” to prepare them for participation in school curriculum and activities without incident. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Bringing OT to Life for Parents and Caregivers of Toddlers - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Courtney Boitano, OTD, OTR/L, BCBA-D
OT OuTside will share the effectiveness of a 12-week toddler group. The program cultivates caregiver and child well-being engaging with the world around them, sensory, social skills, and how to infuse occupational therapy into daily life. - 10/2020


Building Bonds to Support Students: Utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach to School-Based Practice - $35 members/ $45 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L; Kimberly Rice Lalezari, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Practitioners need to be better equipped to provide support to our students. The “pandemic” made this especially clear that we need the tools and to increase our capacity to support our students. This mini-workshop will do just that. - 9/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Clinic, Home, and School Services Transitioning to Telepractice - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Baily Zubel, OTD, OTR/L; Rina Barak, MA, CCC-SLP
This session will cover the clinical insight of cross-disciplinary implementation from in-person to virtual services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A model highlighting the transition and use of multidisciplinary teletherapy services while supporting practitioners will also be provided. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Clinical Reasoning in the Process of Gathering Information and Designing Intervention Program - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
This short course is designed for clinicians who have a basic understanding of sensory processing and wish to enhance the clinical reasoning skills utilized during the assessment and intervention process. Through the use of videos, case studies, and didactic presentation, the participants will learn to organize and interpret the information gathered through standardized assessments, observations, and surveys and link it to participation issues identified in the reason for referral. Once the data has been collected, the participants will learn to plan the intervention using a hypothesis generation organizational model. The participants will have the opportunity to bring their own video cases to practice their skills during the course. - 9/2020


2021 WROTSS

Establishing Occupational Therapy’s Role in Foster Care Hub - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Veerali Juthani, MA, OTR/L; Jennifer Jones, OTD, OTR/L, BCP; Alya Turcotte, OTD, OTR/L; Jennifer Rafeedie, PsyD; Sheela Rao, MD
This presentation will introduce the current Foster Care Hub and integrated care models, define occupational therapy’s role within the model, and provide case studies and outcome measures to highlight the efficacy of occupational therapy’s unique contribution. - 3/2021


OTAC U

From Diagnosis to Dinnertime - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2012


2021 WROTSS

Handwriting and Response to Intervention: Embed. Collaborate. Measure. Graduate! - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, MS, OTR/L (PA), FAOTA
The Size Matters Handwriting Program (SMHP) mirrors the Response to Intervention (RtI) demand for accountability. SMHP is proven, adaptable, measurable, and easily tiered. Learn easy strategies to build legibility schoolwide, in classrooms and individually. Create kid-friendly materials. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Helping the IEP Team Develop Appropriate IEP Goals - $35 members/$49 nonmembers – 2.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2010


OTAC U

Improving Function with a Multi-Sensory Approach - $22 members/$33 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
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. - 4/2012


OTAC U

Infants At-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification and Intervention Studies from the insp!re Lab - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Dean and Chair, USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
This talk will describe approaches and challenges to early identification and intervention for infants who may be at risk for a later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), highlighting current research from the insp!re lab team. This presentation will showcase the importance of two key developmental domains -- social-communication and sensory reactivity and regulatory functions -- as behavioral markers for early screening in the first year of life, as well as targets of parent-mediated interventions. Video excerpts from the “Parents and Infants Engaged; PIE” study, funded by NICHD, will be used to demonstrate application of these principles in a model program for infants and their caregivers within the context of home activities and routines. - 9/2020


OTAC U

MOHO for Children and Teens with ADHD - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


OTAC U

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
Stephanie M. Foster, PhD, 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. - 4/2011


2021 WROTSS

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Families of Special Needs Children - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mary David, PsyD
A supportive and collaborative team is essential to the success of any therapeutic process. This session at the intermediate professional level will address key components for counseling families and/or clients during the duration of their therapies, including: intake, discussing progress, and discharge criteria and timing. These conversations can at times be difficult and require a certain level of counseling skills to navigate various situations. The participants will learn how to actively listen, navigate through difficult information, and increase collaboration with parents. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Mental Health: Dual Diagnoses and Interdisciplinary Care - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Joyce Yoo, OTD, OTR/L; Emma Wallace, OTD, OTR/L
Attendees will have a chance to explore, learn, and practice clinical occupational engagement with clients with dual diagnoses (mental health diagnoses and developmental disability) and the various factors demonstrating the need for interdisciplinary work. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy in the Foster Care System - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Priya Parekh, OTD, OTR/L (AZ), CEAS
Children in foster care suffer through a myriad of health concerns impacting overall brain development, thereby impeding everyday performance. Occupational therapy practitioners can help optimize their performance and provide an opportunity for greater occupational well-being. - 3/2021


Panel: How do you incorporate mental health in your practice? - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTRL, BCP, MPH; Katie Opdycke, MOS, OTR/L; Shelby Surfas, OTD, OTR/L; Ann-English Dillon Weaver, MSOT, OTR/L
This dynamic and diverse panel will answer key questions about incorporating mental health in their practice. - 9/2021


Peers with Purpose: Young Adult Social Committee - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Madison Aguirre, MA, OTR/L
This presentation outlines a needs assessment used to examine the social-emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young adults with disabilities. The development of an occupation-based group protocol based on a sample of students who participated will be reviewed. The group protocol incorporates principles of self-determination to enable students to lead their Peers with Purpose Social Committee. - 9/2021


OTAC U

Polyvage Therapy: The Integration into Emotions, Attachment, and Self-Regulation - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers – 1 PDU
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. - 5/2020


OTAC U

Promoting Self-Determination and Engagement in Meaningful Occupations: Lost & Found Program - $15 members/$25 nonmembers – 1 PDU
Gabriella Hart, Special Education Teacher, Harold L. Woods Elementary School, Clovis Unified School District
The Lost & Found Program at Woods Elementary is operated by 4th through 6th grade students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The students are responsible for maintaining the lost items (sorting, hanging, folding), managing the Woods lost and found website (numbering the items, taking and uploading pictures of lost items, checking for emails from parents claiming items), and returning items to their owners (finding different rooms across campus, taking items, clearly stating whose item it is, etc.). This presentation will provide participants with information about promoting transition skills with the development and implementation of a lost & found program for students with autism and disabled students. - 9/2020


2020 Annual Conference

School-Based OT and Best Practices in Special Education - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Jennifer Andaya-Lambinicio, EdM, OTR/L, ATP
The presentation will highlight best practices in special education to guide occupational therapy practitioners in redefining their roles, identifying relevant focus areas in working with students with severe disabilities, and facilitating student participation within the natural context. - 10/2020


OTAC U

School-based Telehealth: Bringing Services to Any Child Anywhere - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2018


2021 WROTSS

SEL and Movement: Supporting Students Amidst a Pandemic - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Alice Heebner, OTR/L; Stephen Ferrang, OTR/L
As school-based occupational therapists, we know the importance of movement for health. We will help you go deeper to explore the relationship between Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and movement, providing you with strategies to implement in practice. - 3/2021


Social-Emotional Learning from a Distance: Tools and Processes for Anytime, Anywhere - $15 members/ $25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Jessica Hannigan, EdD
Our students need social and emotional learning more than ever! How can we determine their needs and where do we begin? This session offers tools and best practice processes for social-emotional learning (SEL) that you can implement immediately in any learning environment. - 9/2021


OTAC U

Steppin’ Up Group Transition Programs: Preparing Adolescents for Life After High School - $22 members/$33 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bonnie Nakasuji, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FAOTA
This presentation will describe the creation and implementation(including successes and challenges) of an occupational therapy-led, transition-group program focused on addressing life and pre-vocational skills for high-risk adolescents. - 9/2020


OTAC U

Telehealth Services Strategies for Combining Online and In-Person Visits Post COVID-19 - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 6/2020


2021 WROTSS

Teletherapy in Practice: Connecting, Assessing, Treating,and Coaching - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Kim Barthel, BMR, OT (Canada)
From building therapeutic relationships to figuring out what to do when and how – it is possible to provide quality therapy online. It is different, but it opens doors for many. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

The Bayley-4 Scales of Infant Development - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Patrick Moran, PhD (psychologist)
The recently released Bayley-4 Scales of Infant Development will be reviewed. Topics to be discussed include changes to the test design and scoring, administration, interpretation, digital options, and video review and discussion of the new items. - 10/2020


The Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Schools: Making Every Moment Count - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor Emerita, Cleveland State University Founding Director, Every Moment Counts, LLC
The aim of occupational therapy services addressing mental health is to help all individuals develop and maintain positive mental health, prevent mental ill-health, and recover from mental health challenges in order to live full and productive lives. This presentation focuses on occupational therapy’s distinct value in mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth in school settings. The relationship between meaningful and enjoyable participation in occupations and positive mental health will be emphasized. Every Moment Counts examples of how to implement occupation-based services within a multi-tiered mental health framework in schools will be provided along with a brief review of website resources. Specific attention to how the pandemic has impacted mental health and occupational therapy’s distinct contributions on interdisciplinary teams will be highlighted. - 9/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Treatment Principles for Remediation of Birth Trauma on Clients - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Peg Bledsoe, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BPC; Stephanie Foster, PhD, OTR/L
Birth is an experience that we all go through. When birth is traumatic, the effects can be lifelong. There are evidence-based treatment techniques to support the resolve of birth trauma effects on occupational therapy clients. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Universal Design Beyond the Classroom and into Behavioral Lifestyles - $45 members/$59/nonmember - 3 PDUs
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). - 10/2010


OTAC U

Virtual What? Great Ideas for Unique Times - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
Kay Rae Mackey, MS, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist, Los Angeles Unified School District; Heleen Reed, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Clovis Community College; Beth Dillin, MOT, OTR/L, Direct of OT Services, The Speech Pathology Group; Ann-English D. Weaver, MSOT, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist, Goodfellow Occupational Therapy
Moderated by Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L; Lisa A. Test, OTD, OTR/L
This Town Hall will showcase occupational therapy practitioners from across the state on how they are supporting children and families with COVID-19. Each presenter will provide a 10-minute presentation sharing tips, evidence, and resources. Participants will broaden their awareness of tools and treatment ideas that can readily be incorporated into practice. Learning objectives: Be able to utilize at least two strategies to incorporate into treatment approaches in a virtual session; Be able to articulate evidence to support strategies in a virtual environment. - 9/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Youth Homelessness: An Occupational Therapy Perspective - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Bianca M. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Margaret M. Bursch, OTS
This presentation will explore the unique occupational needs of youth experiencing homelessness and the role of occupational therapy with this population. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Why Mental Health Matters: Sharing our Stories During the Time of the Pandemic - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Elizabeth Ching, OTD, M.Ed, BSOT, OTR/L
This session was originally conducted with teens to discuss mental health. It includes interactive strategies to build resilience in the time of the pandemic and will be presented exactly as the original teen session. - 10/2020


Physical Disabilities


2020 Annual Conference

Activator® Course for Rehabilitation Professionals - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Mandy Shintani, BScOT, MA(CAN); Randy Siegel, MA, OT/L
Designed by an occupational therapy practitioner, Activator® walking poles are prescribed as best practices in Canada to promote upper body movement, independence, factors related to fall prevention, active living, and as an alternative to canes. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Application of Evidence-Based Interventions for DysphagiaOT - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Winifred Schultz-Krohn, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA; Jerilyn "Gigi" Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Evidence-based interventions to address dysphagia will be reviewed with an opportunity to practice selected techniques during the workshop. Pediatric, adult, and geriatric case presentations will illustrate the use of evidence-based intervention approaches for dysphagia. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Advanced Heart Therapies and the Power of OT - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Sarah Innocenti, OTR/L; Sonia Marchana, OTR/L
Attendees will learn how to justify the value of occupational therapy services in patients with advanced heart therapies. Also included will be hands-on learning and evidence-based research about the most current surgeries, including LVAD (left ventricular assist device). - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

Bringing “Life” into End-of-Life Care - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Karmella Bognot, MS, OTR/L (NV)
An occupational therapy practitioner will describe how working in hospice is a daily practice in being a well-rounded clinician, and how our foundational knowledge, expected out of any entry-level clinician, brings opportunities to bring “life” into the profession. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Concussion Management and Treatment: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Dysphagia 101: Functional Anatomy and Physiology for OT - $45 members/$59 nonmembers – 3 PDUs
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. - 4/2020


OTAC U

Dysphagia 102: OT Functional Assessment and Intervention - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
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. - 10/2010


2021 WROTSS

Establishing Effective Outcomes in a Neurologic Outpatient Rehabilitation Program - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Talent Dang, OTD, OTR/L; Michelle Laforteza, OTD, OTR/L
Outpatient rehabilitation can increase functional skills and self-esteem in stroke recovery. This session will explore outcome measures addressing participation in occupations, physical performance, and quality of life to quantify the benefits of an outpatient program. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Everything Old is New Again: Reminiscence in ADC - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Yvonne Randall, EdD, MHA, OTR/L (NV), FAOTA
Reminiscence is frequently utilized in dementia care through use of tangible prompts to elicit positive memories. This presentation will explore occupational therapy and reminiscence in adult day care (ADC) services. - 3/2021


2021 WROTSS

Fostering Independent Living Seniors’ Wellness: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Role - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Emily Schulz, PhD, OTR/L (AZ), CFLE, ACUE; Jessica Meyer, MEd, MS, OTR/L (AZ); Arnette Chad, OTS; Lam Linh, OTS
This presentation will examine the level of engagement in meaningful occupations, wellness, and quality of life of seniors moving into independent living at a Life Plan Community and will explain occupational therapy’s unique role in that setting. - 3/2021


2020 Annual Conference

Function and Meaning: Clinical Formulation in Occupational Therapy - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, DipCOT, OTR/L, FAOTA
Understanding what is important to a client is central to engaging them in the therapeutic process. Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, DipCOT, OTR/L, FAOTA, will describe his professional development and use case descriptions in neurobehavioral rehabilitation to illustrate the importance in facilitating behavior change. Constraints placed on the individual by cognitive changes due to illness or injury also shape how we provide therapy. Understanding what is meaningful to the client, and the client’s functional cognition allow us to individualize our interventions to improve occupational performance. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Heal Thyself: Disability, Pain, Cognitive Flexibility, and Hope - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Aaron Picus, OTD, OTR/L
Drawing upon the presenter’s personal experience, participants will learn ways to support clients facing chronic pain, inflammatory health conditions, and invisible disabilities, focusing on cognitivebehavioral strategies, positioning and activity modifications, and therapeutic use of self. - 10/2020


2021 WROTSS

IDD and Dementia: Intervention Through Occupation - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Laura Golden, OTD, OTR/L (TX)
This presentation will discuss the signs of dementia specific to individuals with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and its impact on function and behavior. The presentation will provide strategies for effective interventions for individuals with IDD co-occurring and dementia. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Learning and the Brain: Facilitate or Educate? - $15 members/$25 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 10/2012


2020 Annual Conference

Making Functional Cognition Part of Your Practice- $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, DipCOT, OTR/L, FAOTA
The evaluation of functional cognition (FC), defined as the ability to use and integrate thinking and performance skills in the performance of complex everyday activities, is a central concern of occupational therapy practitioners’ professional practice. Historically occupational therapy practitioners have had an ambivalent attitude to cognition, but the definition of FC as the cognitive processes necessary for the performance of IADL firmly places FC within the purview of occupational therapy and helps to delineate professional boundaries. This presentation will define FC and describe rapid screening methods and assessments, and how these can be used to inform clinical practice. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Maneuvering the Minefield: Dating with Congenital Physical Disabilities - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Sheryl Ryan, PhD, OTR/L; Kallie Miller, OTS; Cassie Mingoia, OTS
Dating with congenital physical disabilities is a minefield of complications. Presenters will share results from qualitative research followed by a case study. This session will emphasize the unique barriers to dating and occupational therapy’s vital role. - 10/2020


OTAC U

Occupation-Based Cognitive Assessments - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 2 PDUs
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. - 4/2012


OTAC U

Occupation Driven Computer-Assisted Cognitive Remediation - $22 members/$33 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2012


OTAC U

Occupational Therapy and Diabetes: Understanding Our Role in Chronic Care Management - $45 members/$59 nonmembers - 3 PDUs
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. - 10/2011


2021 WROTSS

Occupational Therapy and Quality Measures in Long-Term Care - $10 Registered 2021 WROTSS Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Suchitra (Suchi) Iyer, MA, OTR/L; Martin Lee, OTR/L; Lisa Kangas, OTR/L
This presentation will discuss key quality measures pertaining to occupational therapy in skilled nursing facilities and the impact of COVID-19 on the quality measures and the role of occupational therapy in improving outcomes in the elderly population. - 3/2021


OTAC U

Paradigm of Differential Diagnosis, Assessment & Treatment of the Wrist, Nerve & Orthopedic Systems - $35 members/$49 nonmembers - 2.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2012


2020 Annual Conference

Telehealth Triage and Injury Prevention in Employee Workplace Health - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. This session will discuss the results of a two-year study of MSD telehealth services in a steel manufacturing company. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Distinct Value of OT in Diabetes Care - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Gina Mulanthara, MS, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners are carving out their role in diabetes care. In this session, participants will learn the essential components of diabetes assessment and gain experience with intervention strategies key to OT intervention in this practice area. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Role of OT in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Manisha Sheth, OTD, OTR/L
This presentation will explain the distinct role occupational therapy practitioners play in various stages of the clinical care pathway, which was developed and followed for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Value of Complementary Techniques Impacts the Practice of Occupational Therapy - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Peg Bledsoe, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BPC
Complementary techniques can aid infants to adults in improving their occupational skills. The complementary techniques can assist any individual (pediatrics-geriatrics) with one or multiple disabilities in various settings from home to clinic. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Uncovering the Importance of Sensation in Sensorimotor Recovery - $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Jennifer Chan, OTD, OTR/L
This session will explore the current literature and practices related to the sensory component of neuromotor recovery. Information related to the assessments and best practices of post-stroke will also be covered. - 10/2020


Telehealth


2020 Annual Conference

Clinic, Home, and School Services Transitioning to Telepractice - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Baily Zubel, OTD, OTR/L; Rina Barak, MA, CCC-SLP
This session will cover the clinical insight of cross-disciplinary implementation from in-person to virtual services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A model highlighting the transition and use of multidisciplinary teletherapy services while supporting practitioners will also be provided. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Mentoring OT Students Using Telehealth Interventions - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Michelle Tipton-Burton, MS, OTR/L; Fiona Dunbar, OTS; Jennifer Jeffery, OTS
Telehealth is endorsed by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) but there has been limited use of this service with occupational therapy students. This presentation will discuss how telehealth principles and practices were implemented in a Fieldwork Level I experience. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

OT Telehealth COVID–19 and Beyond: Policy Updates, Resources, Tools, and Case Uses - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
The COVID-19 pandemic created significant changes to occupational therapy services. The course will discuss current policy changes, services, resources, and case use examples of newly integrated telehealth services and how we can sustain telehealth. - 10/2020


OTAC U

School-based Telehealth: Bringing Services to Any Child Anywhere - Complimentary members/$15 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
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. - 10/2018


OTAC U

Telehealth Services Strategies for Combining Online and In-Person Visits Post COVID-19 - Complimentary members/$10 nonmembers - 1 PDU
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. - 6/2020


2020 Annual Conference

Telehealth Triage and Injury Prevention in Employee Workplace Health - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. This session will discuss the results of a two-year study of MSD telehealth services in a steel manufacturing company. - 10/2020


2020 Annual Conference

The Benefits of Integrating Telehealth Consultation and Monitoring into your Existing Practice - $10 Registered 2020 Conference Attendees members/ $19 members/ $29 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Tammy Richmond, MS, OTRL, FAOTA
Remote patient monitoring and telehealth consultation most often are delegated to physician models of care. COVID- 19 brought opportunities for occupational therapy (OT) practitioners to provide these services. This session will discuss how to deploy these OT services. - 10/2020