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Annual Spring Conference: Envisioning Our Future: Supporting Occupational Therapists In A Changing Society


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Radisson Hotel

100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT

 

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Conference Schedule: 

7:30AM-8:15AM       Registration/ Continental Breakfast/ Vendors/SIS Networking Session in “Gardens”

8:15-  8:30  AM         President’s Welcome/ Legislative Update (.25 CEU)

8:30 - 10:00  AM       Keynote Address: Dan Eisner   (1.5 CEU)

Dan specializes in Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence Development, and how these skills can improve both personal and professional outcomes. He is the author of The Clinical Success Formula, a practical, evidenced based guide designed to empower the reader and the service they provide. The newly released book has already become required reading in top OT programs including Tufts and Washington University. Dan speaks regularly at universities and healthcare conferences, and has received rave reviews around the topic of How to Support Yourself While Caring for Others. He also works as a Psychiatric OT at the University of MD Medical Center, and works with private clients at Dan Eisner Consulting.

10:00-10:30 AM        Break/ Networking/ Vendor Exhibition

 

10:30-12:00PM         Educational Sessions (1.5 CEU)

COPD: OT’s Role in Chronic Disease Management

Participants will:

1. Enhance understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, including disease progression, morbidity and mortality rates, prevalence and economic burden

2. Review interprofessional collaboration in the treatment of this patient population

3. Describe the unique occupational therapy role in the presence of chronic disease and opportunity for treatment and intervention that may ultimately reduce re-hospitalization in this patient population

 

Homelessness: The Role of Occupational Therapy

Participants will:

1) Identify occupational risk factors for homelessness as well as those that result from homelessness

2) Describe areas of occupation that are impacted by homelessness.

3) Examine the distinct value of occupational therapy practitioners working with individuals, communities, and populations of homeless individuals.

4) Discuss preliminary results of a research study exploring the impact of an educational intervention on students’ attitudes and beliefs towards homelessness.

 

Oral Motor Treatment for Children

Participants will:

1. Understand the importance of screening all children for feeding concerns.

2. Recognize factors associated with food refusals and dysphagia.

3. Identify oral motor treatments for specific target areas; lips, jaw, tongue and cheeks.

 

OT and 3D Printing

Participants will:

1. Identify the role of the profession in the maker movement and its relationship to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework:  Domain and Process.

2. List the necessary hardware and software involved in the 3 D printing process.

3 Conduct a compare-and-contrast:  pros and cons strategy to determine when 3D printing may be the most effective maker technology.

4. Locate resources for the application of 3 D printer to occupational therapy.

 

12:00-1:00 PM          Lunch/ Networking/ Vendor Exhibition/ Raffle (12:45)

 

1:00-  2:30  PM         Educational Sessions (1.5 CEU)

Assessing Driving Potential in Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical and Community Strategies and Considerations

Participants will:

1. Identify evidence-based driver evaluation procedures for clients with autism spectrum disorder to incorporate in your practice.

2: Identify intervention techniques to enhance the ability of clients with autism spectrum disorder to successfully engage in the IADL of driving.

3: Reflect on your current driver evaluation practice and identify additional referral sources and reimbursement opportunities for clients with autism spectrum disorder.

 

Interdisciplinary Approach to the Complex Neurological Patient Throughout the Lifespan

Participants will:

1. State 4 benefits of collaborative care as it relates to individuals across the lifespan

2. Demonstrate specific methods of communication between multiple disciplines involved in the complex neurological care

3. Leave empowered to treat patients in a holistic manner, involving appropriate practitioners in comprehensive care

4. Apply strategies explained through case examples to real life cases they may encounter and enhance their individual occupational therapy practice

 

Occupational Therapy Mindfulness Strategies

Participants will:

1. Describe the goals, strategies, and research supporting the use of mindfulness interventions in Occupational Therapy across the life span.

2. Use mindfulness intervention activities to achieve client goals related to pain management, mental health, sensory processing, and/or developmental challenges.

3. Apply 3 new mindfulness interventions to your current occupational therapy practice.

 

Vestibular Activities to Promote Ocular Motor Skills for Reading and Writing

Participants will:

1. Understand how the vestibular system supports the development of ocular motor skills

2. Learn exercises to develop vestibular mediated visual skills

3. Functional impact of ocular motor deficits on reading and writing

4. Clinical activity progression to support refinement of ocular motor skills

2:30-  2:45 PM          Break

 

2:45-  4:15 PM          Educational Session (1.5 CEU)

Sensory, Motor and Process Skills as Compared to Symptom Severity in Adult Patients with Schizophrenia

Participants will:

1. List the structural and functional brain abnormalities commonly reported in Schizophrenia research.

2. List OT scholars that have contributed to schizophrenia research and explain their findings.

3. Identify performance skill deficits commonly observed among people with schizophrenia and explain their relationship to schizophrenia   symptomatology. 

4. Identify occupation-based interventions and adaptations/environmental modifications that can foster recovery among clients with schizophrenia.

 

Child’s Play: Facilitating the Forgotten Occupation within the School Setting

Participants will:

1. Understand theories related to play, social and cognitive development

2. Identify the distinct value of occupational therapy practitioners’ role in facilitating play in school based practice.

3. Identify assessments within the domain of play and leisure of children

4. Examine barriers and opportunities to include play within the educational environment.

5. Discuss generalization strategies for carryover of play

 

Facilitating Continuum of Care Connections: Emerging Medicare Quality Initiatives- Ongoing Focus

Participants will:

1. Describe key updates to Medicare quality initiatives and payment reform efforts for acute  and post-acute care settings

2. Discuss the potential impact of ongoing and updated quality initiatives on care planning and care delivery across the acute and post-acute care continuum

3. Explain ways in which OT practitioners can promote and contribute to quality of care and positive outcomes

 

Implementing the Use of Functional Cognitive Assessments in Home and Community-Based Practice Settings for Clients with Mild Stroke

Participants will:

1. List the structural and functional brain abnormalities commonly reported in Schizophrenia research.

2. List OT scholars that have contributed to schizophrenia research and explain their findings.

3. Identify performance skill deficits commonly observed among people with schizophrenia and explain their relationship to schizophrenia   symptomatology. 

4. Identify occupation-based interventions and adaptations/environmental modifications that can foster recovery among clients with schizophrenia.

4:15-  5:15 PM          Poster Session (1 CEU )

5:15-  6:30 PM          Wine & Cheese /Award Reception-All Welcome!!

Continuing Education Details

In order to receive all 7.25 hours of continuing education, State law requires that you must attend the entire day of conference sessions. If you choose to attend segments of the conference, you will receive the corresponding hours of continuing education per session.

Registration Information

Please see the website for detailed course descriptions and selections- Be sure to select each session from the drop down menus in www.ConnOTA.org

Registration Information/Membership:  Not a ConnOTA Member? Join/renew today to save and receive member benefits and discounts.

Members: $150 early registration, $170 after February 20th

Non-Members: $225 early registration, $245 after February 20th

Student Members: $55 early registration, $75 after February 20th

Student Non-Members: $75 early registration, $95 after February 20h

Register online until March 2nd 8:00 pm  from the Conference Homepage www.ConnOTA.org

Cancellations must be received in writing by email by February 27, 2017 to receive a full refund, minus a $20 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made after this date.

**Please alert us to dietary or accessibility needs at least 2 weeks prior to conference.**

 

 


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