OT and Integrative Health: AOTA Conference 2018

OT and Integrative Health: AOTA Conference 2018

Are you going to the AOTA Conference in Salt Lake City, UT April 19 – 22, 2018? 
We’ve compiled a list of OT and complementary and integrative health, wellness, and prevention presentations and workshops for you to attend. 

Wed, April 18th, 12:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Institute 029 – Healing Power of Reiki and Occupational Therapy, Level I
Health & Wellness

  • Learning Objective 1:Provide Reiki to clients and self, using a variety of hand positions and methodologies to help improve occupational performance.
  • Learning Objective 2:Explain how Reiki enhances client-centered empowerment and facilitates stress reduction and self-healing using ethical, pragmatic, and culturally sensitive behaviors.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand how to document, bill, market, and use Reiki and occupational therapy resources, research, and networking avenues when incorporating this complementary health energy modality into treatment.
  • Abstract Synopsis:Reiki facilitates stress reduction, relaxation, reduces pain, and promotes self-healing. Reiki with occupational therapy can improve client’s occupational performance. Attunement to Reiki energy, hand positions, experiential practice, billing, marketing, research, and resources provided. Level I certificate presented.

Contributing Author:Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Thu, April 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
HW 2001 – Occupational Therapy: A Key Profession in the Integrative Health Model
Part of Poster Session #2
Health & Wellness


Learning Objective 1:Understand and synthesize benefits of complementary and alternative interventions in an integrative health model to maximize participation and wellness in individuals across practice areas.
Learning Objective 2:Apply fundamentals of occupational therapy practice to an integrative health model for futuristic application of both practice and scientific research.
Abstract Synopsis:The poster illustrates the integrative health model and synthesizes occupational therapy’s role within the model. Scientific evidence regarding the use of complementary and alternative medicine is explored as it relates to practical application.

Andrea Garcia
MSW, OTR/L, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Primary Speaker

Thu, April 19th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Workshop 108A – Healing Power of Reiki and Occupational Therapy, Level II: First of Two Workshops (Must Have Reiki Level I Training)
Health & Wellness


  • Learning Objective 1:Understand how to incorporate intermediate level Reiki techniques and apply current research when using Reiki with occupational therapy clients.
  • Learning Objective 2:Accurately describe the purpose, meaning, and implementation of the primary Reiki symbology, philosophy, and modalities in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Abstract Synopsis:Reiki and Occupational Therapy, level II, is the first of two workshops required to receive a level II certificate. Experiential advanced exploration of Reiki symbology along with therapeutic crystalline, sound healing, and vibrational energy occurs. Client self-empowerment is showcased. Reiki I training is required.

Rebecca Austill-Clausen
MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Complementary Health Works
Primary Speaker

Fri, April 20th, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Scientific Research Panel 203D – Yoga Improves Occupational Performance, Pain-Related Disability, and Activities of Daily Living for People With Chronic Pain
Prevention and Intervention (e.g. Efficacy)


  • Learning Objective 1:Discuss the benefits of yoga for people with chronic pain.
  • Learning Objective 2:Quantitatively examine improvements in occupational performance, pain-related disability, and activities of daily living for people with chronic pain after an 8-week yoga intervention.
  • Abstract Synopsis:We examined the impact of an 8-week yoga intervention on occupational performance, pain-related disability, and activities of daily living for people with chronic pain. All outcome measure scores significantly improved for individuals randomized to the yoga intervention.Contributing Author:Jen Portz, PhD; Christine A Fruhauf, PhD; Marieke Van Puymbroeck, PhD; Matthew Bair, MD

Arlene A Schmid PhD, OTR/L, Colorado State University
Primary Speaker

Laura A Grimm MS, OTR, Colorado State University
Additional Speaker

Carol A. Chop
MS, OTR, Colorado State University
Additional Speaker

Sat, April 21st, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Scientific Research Panel 302C – Effects of Mind-Body Interventions on Stress, Anxiety, and Pain in Hand Therapy Patients
Prevention and Intervention (e.g. Efficacy)


  • Learning Objective 1:Relate the potential utility of integrative mind-body interventions for rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Abstract Synopsis:The randomized, cross-over pilot study explored the acute effects of mindfulness and visual biofeedback on pain, stress, and anxiety in hand therapy. Reduction of anxiety and trending reduction in stress within the experimental conditions indicate that a future, fully powered trial is warranted.Contributing Author:David Black, PhD, MPH; Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA

Mark Hardison
MS, OTR/L, University of Southern California
Primary Speaker

Sat, April 21st, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Short Course 346 – Therapeutic Gardens
Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation


  • Learning Objective 1:Utilize various levels of research to support the use of horticulture therapy with people of various ages and abilities.
  • Learning Objective 2:Implement basic garden knowledge to create a therapeutic garden setting.
  • Learning Objective 3:Create interventions that will include adaptive equipment and techniques to support a successful engagement in a garden activity.
  • Abstract Synopsis:From windowsill gardens, to container gardens, to plots of land, horticulture therapy (HT) can benefit individuals and communities of various ages and abilities. Passive and active HT holistically treats the client’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs with meaningful interventions.

Annette Hatala
OTD, OTL, Life’s Toolbox/Beachside Nursing
Primary Speaker

Sat, April 21st, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Workshop 307 – Mindful Practice as a Tool To Combat Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
General & Professional Issues


  • Learning Objective 1:Define the mechanisms through which compassion fatigue and burnout develop.
  • Learning Objective 2:Develop a plan for professional self-care that promotes resilience.
  • Learning Objective 3:Use mindful practice to promote active engagement at work.
  • Abstract Synopsis:The profession of occupational therapy is full of rewards but not without risk. Practitioners need to recognize compassion fatigue and burnout and develop self-care strategies, including mindful practice to promote resilience. Resources will be provided for further learning.

Donna Costa
DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Self-Employed
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