Occupational Therapy Practitioner Self-Care and Wellness

This course is discounted for NOTA members.

Occupational Therapy Practitioner Self-Care and Wellness

$60 ($30 for NOTA Members)
1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association.

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In the post-pandemic health care world, occupational therapy practitioners are feeling overwhelmed with the demands placed on them at work and at home (Søvold et al., 2021). According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2022), the healthcare workforce is reporting very high levels of stress that are negatively impacting practitioner physical and mental health. This presentation will provide the attendee with tools to recognize the personal impact of stress and implement strategies to increase life satisfaction and reduce practice burnout. 

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

Presented by: Kylie Widhelm, OTD, OTR/L
Amanda C. Wise, OTD, MS, OTR/L, NBC-HWC, CPAM
Ashley Fecht, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the psychological impact of practicing occupational therapy
  • Benefits of this course are described here.
  • Apply the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness” to improve occupational therapy practitioner self-care and wellness.
Instructor bio
Kylie Widhelm, OTD, OTR/L
NOTA Guest Instructor

Dr. Widhelm graduated from Creighton University with her OTD in 2009. For 10 years, she specialized in the ICU and inpatient mental health. She then took the position of Education Coordinator in which she coordinated OT, PT, SLP, and athletic training students for the CHI Health sites in the metro Omaha area. After serving in that position, she took the supervisor position over inpatient rehab at Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy campus. She made the transition to academia in fall 2020, teaching various classes in the occupational therapy program at College of St. Mary. Recently, Dr. Widhelm started a community pro bono clinic at the Stephen Center, a homeless shelter and inpatient recovery program for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. She currently serves as the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association Vice President of Mental Health and Wellness. Research interests include complex medical clients, mental health, addiction recovery, community health, program development, and clinical supervision. Dr. Widhelm is married with three small girls who enjoy camping and boating together. They also spend time at the Widhelm family farm outside of Valley, NE. She enjoys all sports and working out.

Amanda C. Wise, OTD, MS, OTR/L, NBC-HWC, CPAM
NOTA Guest Instructor

Dr. Amanda C. Wise graduated from University of Omaha in 1995 with a Bachelors in Biology, and from Creighton University in 1998 with her Bachelors in OT, in 2019 with her Masters in Integrated Health and Wellness, and in 2021 with her Post Professional OTD. She worked full-time in outpatient, mental health, pediatric, home health, community, and administrative positions in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa before entering higher education in 2021. Her research and scholarship interests are in wholistic health and wellbeing, community-based services, and preventive care. Optimizing others’ wellbeing is her passion, striving to achieve this through scholarship, mentoring, volunteering, program development, and leadership. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time hosting family and friend gatherings, golfing, camping, reading, travelling, and baking.

Ashley Fecht, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
NOTA Guest Instructor

Ashley graduated from Creighton University in 2004 with her entry-level occupational therapy doctorate. She worked full time as a school-based, early intervention, and pediatric outpatient therapist in Omaha and later in Las, Vegas, Nevada before entering into Academia in 2011. She received her board certification in pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2020. Ashley is a current member of the occupational therapy faculty at Creighton University and serves as the Director of Academic Clinical Education. Her current scholarship and research focus include best practices in clinical education, the impact of standardized patient experiences on student learning/performance, interprofessional education/learning, mental health, and various pediatric topics.

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or NOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • Review the videos for the full duration
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 80% or greater
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 info@aspireot.us 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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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program. This course is discounted for NOTA members.