The 2015 ArizOTA Conference Committee is now accepting submissions for spring and fall conference presentations.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, November 14th, 2014.

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Thanks and we look forward to hearing back from you!

Sarah Sharp
ArizOTA Vice President and Conference Co-Chair

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  • Keynote Address
  • Track 1
  • Track 2

Friday Keynote Speaker: Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA, Vice President, American Occupational Therapy Association, Program Director & Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Eastern Michigan University
The context surrounding occupational therapy practice is rapidly changing. Traditional and evolving models of care require occupational therapy to clearly articulate how we are distinctly different and demonstrate value to the system's in which we practice.  As Occupational Therapy professionals we must be knowledgeable regarding system changes, recognize opportunities, and confidently articulate the distinct difference we bring to practice and the value we add to the everyday lives of those we serve.


Saturday Keynote Speaker: Cory Remsburg, SFC
Cory Remsburg, who experienced a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan, will be presenting on his experience with occupational therapy and how his strength and determination along with the last 5 years of therapy have helped him relearn and regain life skills in working towards achieving independence.  He will discuss his therapeutic experience and what occupational therapy interventions, treatments, and strategies have been most successful for him.  

Motivational Interviewing  by Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L
Motivational Interviewing is a client -centered technique developed by William Miller that helps improve motivation for change by helping people get past their ambivalence.  It can be used by occupational therapists in a broad range of settings that might include school systems, mental health, working with those who have chronic conditions, home health, and helping people make choices toward healthy lifestyles.  In addition to clinical use, it may also be used in order to lead effective meetings or to collaboratively mentor therapists or fieldwork students.    

Situational Leadership  by Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L,FAOTA  and Oaklee Rogers, OTD, OTR/L
Situational leadership (SL) is a long standing evidence-based approach to supervision that focuses on the competence and motivation of the supervisee to attempt and/or engage in a specific activity, skill or task, (a staff member or a fieldwork education student) as the basis for selecting a specific supervisory approach.  SL advocates for four different leadership approaches that are supervisee-centered, telling, selling, participating and delegating.  The presentation will overview the SL model by describing the four leadership approaches that a fit with observable behaviors present by supervisees including staff and fieldwork students

Make FUNction Exercise!  Amplitude-Focused PD-Specific Exercise.  Interdisciplinary and Community Applications   by Becky Farley, PT, MS, PhD
Learn the significance of targeting the training of amplitude into function as the foundation for a PD-specific exercise program to increase real world carryover and to allow for adaptability/scaling across disease severity.  A 20’practicum will teach how the Basic 4 PWR! Moves™ can be used to 1) target the symptoms of rigidity, bradykinesia, and incoordination, 2) be integrated into Function/ADL, and 3) be combined with techniques (cueing, attentional focus, feedback) to enhance performance and learning.  Videos will illustrate how PWR! Moves are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures and integrated into exercise routines in different settings.

Poster Presentations:
Community Mobility Resource Guide for Seniors in Phoenix and the East Valley   By Brandi L. Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L and Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Functional Outcomes Following the Use of Hand Mentor as Home Program with Adults Post Stroke   By Melissa Clark MS,OTR/L,CES,CHT and Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
Students:  Ali Bongianni, Tayler Ball, Lindsay Cuomo, Macaille Hutt, Shannon Lambert, Jessica Meyer, Kortney Nelson, Amanda Peterson

What is the Future for OT:  Are You Ready?   By Christine Merchant Ph.D., OTR/L and Susan Tully OTR/L
The Affordable Care Act and other developments in healthcare present opportunities for new models of service delivery and emerging areas of practice.  Learning objectives include: understanding these developments and their implication for OT service delivery and practice, both opportunities and threats; exposure to available evidence regarding new service delivery models and practice areas; abilities to assess one’s current position and readiness to respond to opportunities and guard against potential threats.

Evidence-based Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremity Soft Tissue Damage   by Michael Borst, OTD, OTR, CHT
This full day workshop will provide therapists with a thorough understanding of several specific upper extremity disorders often referred to collectively as cumulative trauma disorders. This workshop will explain the individual conditions in detail, cover assessment (including differential diagnosis), and provide step by step conservative management techniques, (self-management, splint selection, exercise programs, modalities, kinesiotaping, etc.). Surgical interventions will also be reviewed. Emphasis throughout the course will be on evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques, with a review and citation of current literature.

Legislative Update by Scot Butler III, ArizOTA State Lobbyist
This presentation will discuss legislative updates affecting occupational therapy in the state of Arizona as well as, National and Federal issues.
AOTA Representative Update by Christine Merchant, Ph.D, OTR/L, Arizona Representative to the AOTA’s Representative Assembly.
Attendees will learn about the actions of AOTA’s Representative Assembly at its Spring Meeting in Indianapolis during this presentation.

Pivotal Response Treatment   (PRT) by Jamie Christman, M.Ed.
This training delivers an overview of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and the motivational procedures to target communication and other skills that address challenges in children with an autism spectrum disorder. This didactic lecture (Level 1 PRT Training) is a knowledge based talk on the development and implementation of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), an evidence-based model for teaching children with autism. PRT has been described in the literature as a family- centered approach that may be implemented throughout the day and across natural environments such as in the home, at school, or in the community. Participants will learn how procedures are implemented for improving the pivotal area of motivation to produce generalized improvements in language and social skills and reductions in disruptive behaviors. Video examples will be used to illustrate the procedures in various inclusive environments including home, school, and community settings.

Trauma Informed Care with Children and Youth: A Best Practice Approach in Occupational Therapy  by Terry Petrenchik, PhD, OTR/L
In this workshop participants will acquire a foundational understanding of traumatic stress and its impact on all areas of a child’s functioning, social relationships and behavior. The first part of the session cover the mind/body response to stress and traumatic stress, factors that influence our responses to trauma, and ways the brain and body adapt to experiences of trauma. In the second part of the workshop we will explore “trauma-informed care” and compare this approach to more “traditional” service provision approaches. Participants will have opportunities to discuss principles of trauma-informed care and to apply these principles to daily practice scenarios.   

Brain Gym  Jan Curran, OTR/L
Introduction to Brain Gym is a brief overview of the philosophy of Brain Gym and how it was founded. Participants will be instructed in the 26 Brain Gym movements and appropriate populations with which Brain Gym can be used. Participants will be introduced to the use of a balance for themselves and discuss how Brain Gym can be implemented in different settings where occupational therapists work.  Information will be provided about how therapists can become licensed in Brain Gym and how to get further classes being offered through Edu-K International.