OTA/OT Supervision: Using Collaboration for Success

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OTA/OT Supervision: Using Collaboration for Success

Self-Paced Online 
$30 | 1.5 Contact Hour,
0.15 CEUs, 1.75 PDUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Professional Issues

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The relationship between OTs and OTAs can be one of the distinct values of occupational therapy as it can enrich the OT process as the two work together to achieve the best outcomes for clients. Yet as OT practitioners juggle so many demands, it may seem daunting to just fulfill the requirements of occupational therapy supervision not to mention working to nurture the relationship.

This continuing education course will help OT practitioners gain a better understanding of the roles of the occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapist related to the supervisory relationship. The use of collaboration to build a better OTA/OT partnership will be discussed and examples for navigating the challenges associated with the OT/OTA relationship will be presented. 

This course is targeted at occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists.

This continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning.

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

Presented by:
Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L
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Benefits of this course
  • Describe at least 2 similarities of supervision and collaboration related to the OTA and OT relationship.
  • Discuss 3 skills that can be used to build collaboration.
  • Explain an action related to one tenet of collaboration that could be taken to build the OT/OTA relationship. 
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 03214 
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.15 CEUs (Beginner level, Professional Issues area)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Niccole Rowe and Kimberly Breeden accepting AOTA award in 2018
2018 Terri Brittell OTA/OT Partnership Award

Building a successful OTA/OT Partnership

Niccole and Kim developed a successful OTA/OT partnership that received national recognition in 2018 for their efforts in improving occupational therapy treatment for pain. Through their collaboration they have co-authored two continuing education articles published in OT Practice Magazine, "A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Chronic Pain in Everyday Occupational Therapy Practice" and "Opioid Guidelines and Their Implications for Occupational Therapy", as well as the AOTA official document "OT's Role in Pan Management".  They continue to successfully collaborate beyond the clinical and professional relationship and are the founding partners of Aspire OT. 

Build stronger OT/OTA relationships through the power of collaboration!  

Instructor bioS
Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA
Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L
Aspire OT Founding Partner

Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L found her way to occupational therapy through her first profession in television news producing. She is grateful one story lead to changing to such an amazing profession as occupational therapy. She is in her 8th year of clinical practice. She treated for 4.5 years at an outpatient occupational therapy pain program. 


Niccole is compensated as a Founding Partner of Aspire OT.

Non Financial: 
Niccole serves as Founding Partners of Aspire OT, which has partnerships and affiliations as noted on the Partner and Affiliation sections of the Aspire OT website.
Niccole and Kimberly, together, developed an outpatient occupational therapy pain program. They have authored two continuing education articles on the subject of chronic pain and opioid guidelines. They have also served as contributing authors to an occupational therapy textbook on the subject of occupational therapy's role in pain management. They have traveled across the country serving as instructors for various courses on the subject of pain and non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of pain.
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L

Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L
Aspire OT Founding Partner

Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L has 25 years of experience working in occupational therapy in a variety of settings. She has an extensive background in clinical program development, leadership, administration and reimbursement. Kimberly served as clinical lead for an outpatient occupational therapy pain program for 5 years.


Financial: Kim is compensated as a Founding Partner of Aspire OT.

Non Financial: Kim serves as Founding Partners of Aspire OT, which has partnerships and affiliations as noted on the Partner and Affiliation sections of the Aspire OT website.
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • View presentation recording for full duration
  • Complete and pass course quiz with 70% score or higher
  • 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.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
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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