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Human Trafficking: The Emerging Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners

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Human Trafficking: The Emerging Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners

$20 | 1 Contact Hour,
0.10 CEUs, 1.25 PDUs

Educational level: Introductory 

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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WARNING: The information provided in this course can be upsetting. This course also contains images that may be disturbing. 

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are approximately 49.6 million victims of human trafficking at any given time worldwide. Human traffickers prey on people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities and exploit them for their own benefit and profit.  OT practitioners have an opportunity to increase awareness and combat human trafficking. 

This course presents the most current information on human trafficking based on the United Nations 3P Protocol, United States law, and occupational therapy approaches.
Foundational information includes human trafficking statistics, types of trafficking, biopsychosocial deficits found in trafficked persons, research sources, and current occupational therapy and multi-disciplinary intervention approaches. These components provide the base to define potential occupational therapy programing in this emerging field. 

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students

This occupational therapy continuing education course uses the followinginstructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning, and practice opportunities.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Toni Thompson, DrOT, OTR/L 
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Benefits of this course
  • Define 2 components of occupational therapy actions in anti-trafficking efforts. 

  • Explain the scope of trafficking based on the 3 points of the United Nations 3P Protocol.

  • Discuss 5 ways to fight trafficking in small, every-day actions. 

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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 07437
This Blended/Hybrid course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Introductory level, OT Service Delivery)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course has been submitted and awaiting approval from the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy.

What OTs and OTAs are saying about these courses

"Very knowledgeable speaker. I could feel her passion."

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"I feel like this is a topic that we need to know more about so we can implement into practice when needed."

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"This was very informative and a topic I am not as knowledgeable about . Very interesting!!"

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Instructor bioS
Toni Thompson, DrOT, OTR/L
Aspire OT Instructor

Toni Thompson graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975, and completed her DrOT at Nova Southeastern University in 2017.  Her work experience includes the Peace Corps/Ecuador; the National Cerebral Palsy Association in Caracas, Venezuela; adult mental health in FL and IL; and some SNF.  While at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa for 22 years, she developed various programs, became certified in NDT-Pediatrics and SIPT.   She has presented at multiple state, national, and international OT, prosthetic-orthotic, World Federation of Occupational Therapist, and human trafficking conferences.  Keynote addresses include the India Golden Jubilee in Kerala India and the Pan Asian Student Congress in Malaysia.  She authored three chapters in cultural competence works, over 40 professional articles in OT and orthotics-prosthetics magazines.  Besides presenting a pediatric splinting continued education workshop for 10 years, she fabricated over 10,000 pediatric splints.  She developed the first CEU about human trafficking directed to OT practitioners. Currently, she mentors doctoral students on trafficking and cultural humility capstones, and serves as an instructor for TherapyEd exam preparation services. 


Financial: Toni is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. 
Non Financial:  Toni does not have any non-financial disclosures.
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand web Courses 
Web courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  

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