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Continuing Education for Arizona Practitioners

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Evidence-based Continuing Education designed to meet your needs, budget, and schedule.

General Practice

Get the Facts about Capstone Projects

2 contact hours
Mentoring a doctoral capstone student differs from fieldwork as mentors serve as a guide for students as they gain skills in identified focus areas. Potential capstone mentors should understand the requirements and purpose of capstone and how evidence-based collaboration can align student-learning objectives with a project beneficial to the mentor. First presenters will provide an overview of capstone as it differs from fieldwork. Next, we will focus on OT mentor and community mentor experiences and project outcomes. Finally, a panel session including OT community partners will discuss with participants the benefits of a capstone program and answer questions.
Presented by: Sara Stephenson OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, Rebecca L. Wolf, JD, MPH, OTR/L, and Jennifer Muriithi, OTD, OTR/L

Occupation-Based Practice: What Does it Really Mean?

1 contact hour
Occupation-based treatment showcases our distinct value in an environment where payment is changing from volume to value. This workshop explores what it really means to be occupation-based and provide a formula to guide treatment planning.
Presented by: Tamara Turner, Ed.D., OTR/L Alison de la Montaigne, MOT, OTR/L


Functional Telehealth Interventions

1 contact hour
The purpose of this presentation is to educate occupational therapy practitioners on an effective process for creating interventions with children and families using an occupation-based coaching model of practice. The focus will be on engagement of participation in occupations via telehealth.
Presented by: Reina Olivera, DrOT, OTR/L

Adapted Worksheets: You Can Do It!

1.25 contact hours
As occupational therapy practitioners, we understand the need to adapt and create materials for our students and clients. In today's age of Pinterest and Facebook there are plenty of resources available. But do you have certain individuals that may require additional supports? Do you find that you are downloading resources from different websites? This presentation will go over how to create custom adapted worksheets, both quickly and effectively, that can address a wide range of skills and goals. It will focus on using Microsoft Office products such as Word, Publisher, and Powerpoint which are readily available in most office environments.
Presented by: Matthew Levac, M.S., OTR/L Allison Nagy M.S. OTR/L

Emerging Niche Opportunity for Children and Youth in Home Modifications

1.5 contact hours
This course provides an overview of home modification strategies to enhance child development and engagement with family and environment while preserving the functionality of the home for all members. However, the literature is limited that addresses the home modification role of occupational therapy for children and youth which represents an emerging niche for practitioners. CAPABLE, while this program addresses collaboration with the handyman, and Home For Life, a documentation system, both are geared towards the aging population, they do not take into account the activities unique to children and youth, but serve to provide a framework for interventions.
Presented by: Mary Schmitz, OTD, OT/L and Emily Reilly, DHSc, MS, OTR/L, ECHM

Pediatric Complex Care Interprofessional Program: An International Experience in Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

1 contact hour
In this presentation, Dr. Espelita reflects on his personal experience as an occupational therapist working collaboratively in the pediatric complex care program at Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.
Presented by: Allen Espelita, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, CEAS I, PAM

Sensory Integration in Aquatic Therapy: A New Approach in Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Care

1 contact hour
There is little research on the role of OT with the hospice/palliative care population. There is even less research on the use of aquatic therapy and benefits to the hospice/palliative care population, and little to no research discussing the benefits of aquatic therapy for children in hospice or with life-limiting conditions. There is a lack of evidence addressing the relation between sensory integration and aquatic therapy or sensory stimulation in a pediatric hospice setting. This research seeks to address these gaps and discuss the relevance of incorporating sensory integration into aquatic treatment and its benefits for the hospice/palliative care pediatric population.
Presented by: Jade Smith, OTS Sarah Pecorelli, OTS Rachel Reed, OTS

Addressing the Needs of Children with a History of Abuse

1 contact hour
Children who have experienced trauma are at risk to living in a dysregulated state of arousal. Emotional abuse, loss of a caregiver, inconsistency, and chronic misattunement contribute to a large number of psychiatric problems. A child who did not develop within a safe and supportive care-giving environment learns alternative ways to cope with distress including hyperactivity, aggression, self-harm, and sleeping problems. Supportive relationships build brain architecture and resilience, and should not be considered as ancillary to treatment plans, goals, and techniques to children. This presentation provides strategies to build safety in their life.
Presented by: Lara Taggart, Ed.D, OTR/L Kelly Moritz, OTD, OTR/L


OTs and Cognition: Are We Limiting Our Scope of Practice?

1 contact hour
OT’s use of cognitive assessments (CA) to identify cognitive impairment is essential to client well-being and participation in valued occupations. Through the utilization of CAs, occupational therapists are positioned to provide accurate identification of impairments, as well as robust progress measurements. As such, presenters contend that OTs should routinely implement CAs, such as performance-based assessments, to clients regardless of setting to inform valuable treatment interventions and recommendations. With implementation of these types of standardized and functional tests, OTs are practicing at the top of their licensure promoting the distinct value of OT in the assessment and treatment of cognitive impairments.
Presented by: Sara Stephenson OTD, OTR/L, BCPR Amanda Blattman OTD, OTR/L 

Workplace Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy

1 contact hour
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 report, musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 39% of the workplace injuries resulting from poor ergonomics and faulty behaviors. Research has also indicated the ramifications of poor ergonomics on the cognitive and emotional aspects of health. Studies have revealed that these health concerns can be mitigated with ergonomics strategies like redesigning the workspace, facilitating behavior changes, and implementing the participatory ergonomics approach. Occupational therapy practitioners play a distinct role in this field by evaluating and assisting the abilities of a person holistically to maximize their work performance and minimize the health repercussions.
Presented by: Priya Parekh, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

The Occupation of Worry

1 contact hour
This presentation discusses in detail the neuroscience of anxiety (whether it is amygdala or cortex based), current evidence-based treatment strategies such as CBT/exposure therapy/exercise/yoga/deep breathing, and understanding occupational therapy's role in addressing anxiety through the use of occupations/routines/habits. The presenter utilizes the following teaching/learning strategies: PPT, case studies, direct exploration of interventions, and pre/post surveys (direct measure of participant learning).
Presented by: Sarah Anderson, OTD, OTR/L
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