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4th Annual Maralynne D. Mitcham Lecture and Alumni Luncheon

Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon

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“The Risk is There is No Risk” presented by Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OT, FAOTA (1.5 CEUs)
Our best childhood memories often involved “dangerous” play—being in or near water, climbing trees, riding a bicycle down a steep hill. Rarely were any adults present.  But when we retell those memories, we often say, “We would never let our children do that.” In this presentation, we will explore everyday risk taking and consider the benefits of removing the “bubblewrap”.

Learning Objectives: 

•  Understand important benefits associated with manageable risk taking
•  Have the opportunity to reframe their own fears associated with everyday risks
•  Discuss research findings that show the benefits of manageable risk taking

Continuing Education Workshops (CEUs for OTs only)
PEDIATRIC TRACK: Creating a Practice of Using Breath for Play and Healing” presented by Irene R. Ingram, OTR (3.5 CEUs), 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. CHP A203.

Learning Objectives:
• Develop an understanding of the role of emotion on breath and postural development
• Discuss assessment of the breath and posture
• Demonstrate treatment techniques using breath to address functional postural control

Our treatment of kids emerges into more total body evaluation that diagnose root issues as we embrace the research that is emerging regarding breath and core development. This course provides an exploration of play and breath through the developmental process for the basis of postural control, rhythmicity and emotional hardiness. The progression from primitive patterns to dynamic movement with adaptation will be presented through a game format for “take away” treatment ideas.


ADULT TRACK: Treating the Challenging Patient in an Outcome Driven Healthcare Environment presented by Sarah Trantham, MS, OTR/L and Roger Guilbert, BS, OTR/L (3.5 CEUs), 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. CHP A202.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify strategies for facilitating treatment with patients who have behavioral or cognitive issues
• Identify strategies for facilitating treatment with patients who are medically complex or present with rare conditions
• Develop an understanding of reimbursement issues for patients who are challenging in treatment

Treating patients in today’s healthcare environment can be challenging especially when patients present as medically complex or present with behavioral or cognitive issues that must be addressed to effectively provide treatment that is meaningful and beneficial to the patient.  This course will provide an overview and discussion of effective strategies for dealing with these challenging scenarios and discuss how reimbursement can be affected and addressed for these patients.  Case studies will be presented and audience participation will be encouraged to include relevant scenarios present in the participants’ current work environment.


The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund
In 2005, The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund was established to create, in perpetuity, an annual lectureship program for the Division of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. The fund’s purpose is to honor the collegial spirit, leadership skills, and mentorship of the late Dr. Mitcham and promote a day of sharing and fellowship for the profession of occupational therapy. More specifically, the lectureship will be awarded each year to a scholar in the field who has a broad perspective on occupation, an international reputation, and one who has made significant contributions to education, practice, and/or research in the field of occupational therapy. Such a scholar will enhance the education of health professionals within the college and community, and provide an opportunity for presentation and dialogue around key intellectual issues of the time, thereby fostering the vision and mission of the University.

Questions? Please contact Terri Bozzelli at (843) 792-2023
or Nancy Carson at (843) 792-2239 or


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