Central District

Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Union  

District Chair:  Position Open



 Central District Event

Where: Ohio Health Dublin Methodist Hospital


When: May 16, 2019 at 6:30pm
CEU: 1.5 hours


Free for OOTA members and students, $20 for non members




Workshop Description:
Burnout is such a pervasive problem among healthcare workers that it has been classified as a public health crisis, and rates are on the rise. It has profoundly negative impacts on nearly every aspect of healthcare, including personal wellbeing, patient care, safety, employee retention, and the future of the workforce. Although research on burnout in healthcare has largely focused on the experience of physicians, it is a significant challenge for all practitioners working in this rapidly changing and increasingly demanding environment.
In this workshop, participants will engage in a discussion about the experience of burnout in OTs and other allied health professionals, including contributing factors and characteristic signs. Participants will also explore evidence-based approaches for mitigating burnout in healthcare professionals, including mindfulness, self-compassion, narrative medicine, and reflective practices. This is an interactive workshop that offers the opportunity to put several of these methods into practice. Participants will walk away with practical strategies they can implement to facilitate personal wellness and create a respectful and engaging work environment.


Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the definition, hallmarks, and negative impacts of burnout.
2. Describe internal & external factors that contribute to burnout
3. Explore strategies organizational/departmental leaders can employ to promote a safe, respectful, and engaging environment for OTs & other healthcare professionals
4. Apply self-care practices to manage stress, navigate challenging circumstances, and reconnect to purpose


Allison Chrestensen, MPH, OTR/L
Allison Chrestensen is a licensed Occupational Therapist, specializing in cancer rehabilitation & the treatment of lymphedema, with over 10 years of experience. After earning her Masters of Public Health degree, Allison began working in healthcare quality improvement, leading large-scale projects for Medicaid waiver programs and conducting training programs for providers.


Inspired by her own patient experience after a catastrophic cardiac event, she became a certified Health and Wellness Coach with the aim of helping others to reclaim control over their wellbeing. She is a Team STEPPS® Master Trainer.


Allison is the co-creator of a highly-rated Patient/Family Engagement-focused workshop series that has empowered healthcare organizations around the country to build sustainable models for partnership with patients and families. She has served as a subject matter expert for The Beryl Institute for Patient Experience and an advisory board member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care. Additionally, she has trained internationally in mindfulness and narrative medicine practices through the University of Rochester’s Mindful Practice Program.


Allison’s work through her consulting company, Tandem Healthcare Solutions focuses on addressing burnout & improving joy in work for healthcare professionals through interactive workshops and co-design project facilitation. She also serves as a faculty member for Duke University’s Reimagine Medicine program, which aims to improve provider wellbeing and patient-provider relationships through the exploration of arts & humanities in pre-medical and medical training.


 Questions:  Contact Rachel Keller [email protected]

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