2019 Preconference



Conference at a Glance Hotel Information Conference Fees
Preconference Friday Saturday
Special Events Keynote Speakers Registration

 Registration Deadline:  October 3, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline:  September 30, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019
1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
4 contact hours


P1  Integrating Mindfulness into Everyday Practice - Empowering the Occupational Therapy Practitioner and Their Clients
Jennifer H. Bradac, OT/L, LPC, M.A. Clinical Mental Heath Counseling    

Mindfulness involves developing moment-to-moment awareness, acceptance, and non-judgmental curiosity. With a focus on holistic wellness and function, occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to teach, guide, and empower clients. Mindfulness provides effective tools for assisting clients in developing a balanced way of living across all contexts, emphasizing holistic therapeutic care. Mindfulness is especially relevant when supporting clients living with chronic pain, stress, mental health concerns, and the impact of multiple medical conditions and functional limitations. Beginning with a focus on the breath, mindfulness helps us to connect the mind and body, understanding this powerful and reciprocal relationship more effectively.  Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Productive Aging.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate
P2  Introduction to SCI Rehabilitation 101 Lab
David Stalnaker OTR/L; Jill Noel, OTR/L; Christina Sparks, OTR/L    
This workshop is an introductory spinal cord injury (SCI) lab, providing a hands-on application of spinal cord injury care. The learner will develop better understanding to be able to provide adaptive strategies to patients and their families for activities of daily living, positioning, and functional transfers. Learners will improve knowledge on SCI related DME and assistive technology available to improve quality of life for patients with spinal cord injuries. The workshop will also address typical medical complications seen with SCI and teach prevention strategies. Content: Spinal Cord Injury.  OT, OTA, OT student, OTA student.  Beginner-Intermediate
P3  Inclusion Matters in Schools and Communities: A Private Practice Approach for Service Delivery
Rebecca Mohler, MS-OT, OTR/L; Cheri Harney, COTA/L; Erin Boyle, COTA/L; Jennifer Sabo-Bunch, OTR/L; Hayley Weiss - Dance Instructor; owner of Creative movement Center

Occupational Therapists face many challenges providing related services in public and private schools and in community settings to create environments that successfully integrate students with special needs in inclusive settings with their peers. Through her 20 years of developing a school and community based private practice, Rebecca Mohler will share how she achieved her vision in developing programs and protocols for practice in these settings as a private practitioner and in her private practice. Using a multi-tiered integrated approach to service delivery, she will show how it is successfully achieved from the private practice perspective. Therapists will share their success stories providing all 3 tiers of interventions. Our community integrated dance program will be shared with the owner/dance instructor of the program. Valuable resources will be provided to attendees. Break out sessions in small groups will allow the opportunity to reflect and strategize learning materials specifically to meet therapists needs. Content: Children and Youth; School Systems. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner
P4  Clinical Application of Myofascial Release
Jocelyn Metzger, OTR/L, MOT, Expert MFR therapist, Certified MLD therapist    

This hands-on class will guide the therapist to apply John F. Barnes myofascial release deep tissue, rebounding, and unwinding techniques to patients in a clinical setting. Jocelyn will guide you through self-treatment options and principles to empower your patients to take charge of their healing. No patient or therapist in any setting will be left out of this all-inclusive, powerful technique to treat cumulative, physical, emotional traumas that hold patients back from achieving their full potential for recovery. Participation is highly recommended within each participant’s comfort zone. Please do not apply lotion to your hands or arms for this class. Self-treatment will be provided as an option in place of treatment interaction if desired. Jocelyn’s goal is to share the concepts and feel of the technique within everyone’s comfort zone.  Content: Health and Wellness; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced