Spirituality and Belief in Occupational Therapy Class Recording

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L
Class Recording
Hours: 3 CEUs
Regular Price: $75
Full Holistic OT Members
: $55, become a member here

Course Description: The Spirituality and Belief in Occupational Therapy class will give occupational therapists the skills to successfully support clients with their spirituality and beliefs. The OT will understand research that supports that spirituality and belief can enhance meaning and purpose. This class will enhance the occupational therapist’s confidence addressing spirituality and belief as an effective tool when assisting clients to meet their occupational performance goals related to health, wellness, and prevention.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the role spirituality and belief can play in health, wellness, and prevention
  2. Identify how to assess and support a client engage with their spirituality and belief
  3. Understand research supporting that spirituality and belief can impact health, wellness, and prevention
  4. Identify which occupations may enhance a sense of meaning and purpose
  5. Understand how health care practitioners addressing spirituality and belief can improve rapport, outcome, and overall patient satisfaction

This course meets the NBCOT requirement as a Professional Development Activity. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be submitted to their professional board for professional development credits. A completed course evaluation is required to receive a certificate of completion. 

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, who is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, an American Board Certified Reflexologist, and Intuitive Healer who specializes in integrative health, wellness and prevention. She graduated with her B.S. in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Catherine University in 1996. She is the founder and director of the Holistic OT Community that supports OTs interested in or practicing integrative health, wellness and prevention. She has a deep understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection having provided care as an OT and integrative health practitioner in the hospital setting, nursing homes, clinics, and private practice. She is trained in medical qigong energy healing, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, intuitive development and healing, guided imagery, massage therapy, acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), and yoga. She has been studying and practicing holistic and integrative health for 20 years. She teaches continuing education and provides consultation to health care professionals about how to incorporate holistic and integrative health approaches into their practice and for self-care. She is in private practice serving children and adults in St. Paul, MN. Visit EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.


“I always love the work Emmy does & love how interactive her classes are. I especially love the practical uses she shares and the research/assessments. I feel better prepared as an OT now diving into these client factors regarding spirituality and beliefs than I did before taking this course. Thanks as always! Highly recommend.” Magan Higgins Gramling, OTR/L, CTP

“I really enjoyed this class. I especially liked the opportunity to have breakout sessions to apply and practice the information right away. I’ve been a peds OT for 14+ years and added integrative health coaching into my services 3 years ago and this course offered lots of validation, rooted research, and continued to light a fire for helping clients and their families go inward for healing and wellness.” Shauna Bell, MOTR/L, INHC

“Thank you Emmy, for creating a space for us showing us what is possible within our field. Great information, resources, and take away material.” Kate Drummond, OTR/L

“Very informative and refreshing class! These types of courses revive my love for the OT profession!” Samantha Sponder, OTR/L

“Incredibly interesting and valuable information with resources (tools) for new learning. The assessments were new information but confirmed many areas have been intuitively integrated into treatment, rapport building, and identifying what is meaningful. Emmy’s compassion and knowledge has unveiled a new direction that will be a guide to my professional and spiritual journey for myself and others. Thank you!” Anna McElhaney, COTA/L

“Emmy Vadnais presents a clear and concise presentation for including spirituality in Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention. Her literature review and references to OTPF 4th edition verifies our scope of practice absolutely supports addressing spirituality and beliefs. I believe this is essential to quality care.” Jenny Hubert

“Spirituality and Belief in OT was a great intro level class to take in support of the practical application of exploration and support for spiritual and belief practices for clients engaging in Occupational Therapy!” Jennifer Mannino, OTR/L, CST certified & Spiritual Direction certified

“This class assisted me in finding direction with how to discuss this issue with my coworkers and within documentation. I am very comfortable talking about these topics with my patients, but I didn’t have the constructive knowledge or confidence to discuss this with my peers. Also, this course was super helpful with assisting ME in integrating ALL aspects of my life into each moment, including my role as an acute care OT and being human.” Meghan Flesch, OTD, OTR/L, Reiki Master