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Maralynne D. Mitchum Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon 2015

3rd Annual Maralynne D. Mitcham Lecture and Alumni Luncheon

Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon

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“The Meaning of Quality: A Conversation About Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value” presented by Charles H. Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA (1.5 CEUs)

The expression "demonstrating occupational therapy's distinct value" is now being widely used in discussions across the profession.  What is "distinct value", and how does it relate to quality?  In this presentation, I will explore these concepts and discuss an approach to understanding quality from the perspective of clients receiving services from occupational therapy practitioners. I will assert that current perspectives may be inadequate to fully portray the unique value of the field to health care.

Learning Objectives: 

•  Examine definitions of value and quality and how they apply to health care services, including occupational therapy.
•  Review the current status of the field in terms of its goal to be science-driven and evidence-based.
•  Consider a framework for effectively connecting interventions to the lives of clients to assure their perceived value and relevance.

Continuing Education Workshops (CEUs for OTs only)

PEDIATRIC TRACK: “Applying Research to Support Pediatric Practice: Current Evidence for Treatment of Children with Sensory and Motor Delays” presented by Patricia Coker-Bolt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (3.5 CEUs), 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. CHP A203.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand current research related to treatment of children with sensory processing disorders and neurologic conditions.
• Identify the active ingredients of current evidence-based pediatric therapy interventions.
• Use current research to support evidence-based pediatric interventions in various practice settings (early intervention, out-patient, school-based).

This interactive workshop will help therapists understand and apply recently published research related to the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders and neurologic conditions (ie, cerebral palsy).  Several seminal articles have outlined the important active ingredients of OT treatment approaches to guide best practices in pediatric therapy.  Specific information will be provided on intervention protocols, new measurement tools, and recommended dosage of therapy services.  Participants will engage in case based learning and small group discussions to facilitate direct application of research into various pediatric practice settings.


ADULT TRACK: “Measuring and Treating Cognitive Deficits in Adults, an Approach for Occupational Therapists” presented by Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR/L (3.5 CEUs), 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. CHP A201.

Learning Objectives:
• Discriminate between assessment and measurement.
• Differentiate neuropsychological cognitive approaches and applied/functional cognitive approaches.
• Recognize the characteristics of cognitive measures that can inform treatment.

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how specifically designed cognitive measures can not only identify the functional abilities of the client, but can be the basis for treatment interventions.  By the end of this presentation, participants will be provided an applied cognitive computer adaptive measure that measures selective components of cognition, is brief, and produces outputs that can inform treatment interventions.


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