Professional Development

Continuing Professional Education

AOTA LogoThe University of Minnesota's Program in Occupational Therapy offers a variety of opportunities to advance your career with continuing professional education in a welcoming, supportive environment.


Hybrid OT Refresher Course 

NBCOT Professional Development Units (PDU) - 75 PDUs
AOTA Continuing Education Units - 60 Contact hours - 6 CEUs
Course fee: $1,229.95 

 

refresher course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed the face-to-face session to a synchronous Zoom format that will begin on Saturday July 11th (from 9:00 a.m. - noon and then 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.). The rest of the synchronous sessions will take place on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Tuesday dates are from 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. CST July 14, 21, 28, and August 4, and 11.

*** Do you need a clinical experience in order to obtain relicensure in your state? If so, contact Linda Maleitzke lmaleitz@umn.edu

This 'introductory-level' course is designed for occupational therapists who want to: 

  • Return to practice,
  • Change their area of practice,
  • Further develop their practice skills,
  • Earn contact hours/NBCOT Professional Development Units(PDU), 1 contact hour = 1.25 PDU,
  • Reinstate their Minnesota License when lapsed for 4 years or more 

“The course Instructors/faculty are hands down the best! Anyone out of practice, no matter how many the years, changing careers, or wanting to change practice areas are going to benefit from this Hybrid OT course!”

“The course gave me confidence and an awareness of areas that I need to continue to learn about. I cannot imagine trying to return to work without this course!”

“This was a totally comprehensive refresher course that provided me with the knowledge and confidence to return to practice. Being around other OTs that were in similar situations put me at ease and provided peer support. The instructors were competent, dynamic, and overall amazing! They were all very approachable as well. The availability of dorm housing was appreciated and the proximity to the classroom was very close. This a "must do" for OTs wanting to return to practice!”

Course Outcomes: 

  • Gain confidence in knowing the basics of occupational therapy.
  • Gain confidence in performing skills needed for occupational therapy interventions.
  • Develop a network of resources to further their practice in occupational therapy (faculty, colleagues, texts, internet).
  • Gain confidence in re-entering the workforce or changing an area of practice.

Additional Info: 

The online modules opened on Tuesday, April 28 and will continue in a highly structured and mentored online learning experience of learning modules. Each module will provide an overview of current OT practice topics. After completion of 8 of the 9 modules, participants will continue with a synchronous Zoom format that will begin on Saturday July 11th (from 9:00 a.m. - noon and then 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.). The rest of the synchronous sessions will take place on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Tuesday dates are from 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. CST July 14, 21, 28, and August 4, and 11. The course will conclude with one additional online module to be completed after the synchronous sessions conclude. Participants should complete the first eight online modules prior to the first synchronous session on July 11th. Participants will have until the end of 2020 (if needed) to complete the remaining online module.

Course fees do not include lodging for the face-to-face portion of the course. Nearby hotels and dormitory rooms are available. Please contact Linda Maleitzke at lmaleitz@umn.edu Linda if you have questions about housing. 
 

CURRENT ON-DEMAND OFFERINGS - ALL COURSES HAVE BEEN NEWLY REVISED WITH NEW CONTENT ADDED!

Children and Youth: School-Based OT Practice

school based settingThis course is designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge about the role of OT in school-based settings. It provides information about current legislation affecting practice including IDEA and the evolution of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The course includes information about best practice including the updated OT Practice Framework 3rd Edition and practice strategies with children with autism, learning disability, and behavioral disorders. Cultural diversity and issues of ethical practice are included in the review of the referral process from screening to evaluation to IEP planning.

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate between school-based practice and medical/clinical pediatric practice
  • Recognize the role of the OT in teams 
  • Identify the purpose of related services in a school setting
  • Recognize the impact of diversity on student participation and occupational performance
  • Identify eligibility requirements for OT and the related service categories of school intervention
  • Identify evaluations used in school practice including pre-referral and referral processes
  • Identify the components of written reports and generation of IFSP/IEP/IIIP
  • Identify relevant state and federal guidelines impacting OT practice in school systems

Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 20
Level: Intermediate
AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills, Performance Patterns, Context and environment; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, intervention, activity and occupational demands, outcomes. Category 3: Professional Issues:Legal,Legislative, Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues; Contemporary trends and issues, Supervision

REGISTER HERE!

Upper Extremity Strength Evaluation and Intervention Refresher Course

arm therapy

This online course was created to review entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and design interventions for remediation of upper extremity strength deficits. Topics include strength evaluation and manual muscle testing; evaluation of grip and pinch strength; and interventions to remediate muscle weakness.

Course Objectives:

  • Determine when screening and evaluation of upper extremity strength is appropriate and the best methods for obtaining such data
  • Identify appropriate administration of a manual muscle test (MMT) for commonly assessed muscle groups Describe contraindications, precautions, and inappropriate uses of MMT
  • Determine when muscle strengthening is indicated
  • Differentiate how strength interventions vary depending on the clinical setting
  • Describe the standard procedures used to assess grip and pinch strength and use appropriate normative data to interpret scores
  • Demonstrate how to apply occupation-based strength interventions to a specific mini-case

Contact hours: 6
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 
AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills, Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, intervention, activity and occupational demands, outcomes.

REGISTER HERE!

Mind and Body Aspects of PracticeMind and Body Aspects of OT Practice photo

Feeling frustrated with your patients/clients? Feeling frustrated with yourself? Reconnect with the basics of therapeutic use of self by exploring the psychosocial aspects of practice that influence the experience of both therapists and patients/clients. Concepts of mental and physical health, wellness, resilience and interpersonal style and approaches are emphasized to demonstrate how mind and body are inextricably connected to occupational engagement in anyone.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the factors and trends influencing the larger profession from  the perspectives of theory, reimbursement and client centered care.
  • Appreciate how your personal traits influence your practice
  • Understand how the experiences our clients influence your practice
  • Identity strategies to facilitate resilience in yourself and your clients. 
  • Identify the  principles of the Intentional Relationship Model and Relationship Based Care that can support therapeutic relationships and how to incorporate them.

Contact hours: 6
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): .6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 7.5
Level: Introductory
AOTA Classification Codes: Occupational Therapy Process; Professional Issues

REGISTER HERE!

The Task-Oriented Approach and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

Task Oriented Approach to CIMT photo

Neurorehabilitative approaches are intervention strategies that promote occupational performance and participation with individuals who have neurological injury or neurological development that is altered and impacts day-to-day activities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the factors and trends influencing the larger profession from  the perspectives of theory, reimbursement and client centered care.
  • Describe the assumptions, assessments, and intervention strategies associated with the OT Task-Oriented approach and Constraint-Induced Therapy approaches
  • Describe the evidence that supports the OT Task-Oriented Approach Constraint-Induced Therapy approaches

Contact hours: 6
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): .6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 7.5
Level: Intermediate
AOTA Classification Codes: Domain of OT; Occupational Therapy Process: Professional Issues


Children and Youth: Medical Based OT Practice

medical based imageThis course was designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge of the roles of OT in pediatric medical settings. We will guide you through the occupational therapy process of referral, evaluation, documentation, intervention planning and discharge. You will explore child and family centered care, reimbursement, and ethical considerations in practice. Best practice, learner friendly and state-of-the art instructional design supports learner and instructor communication.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the influence of theory and frames of reference on provision of medical-based pediatric occupational therapy services.
  • Explain the impact of regulations and policies on occupational therapy practice in pediatric hospital and outpatient settings.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of other rehabilitation and medical service providers to determine appropriate referrals and opportunities for inter professional collaboration for the purpose of providing safe, comprehensive and quality care.
  • Compare and contrast common pediatric conditions in a medical based setting and the expected patterns and progressions associated with the condition(s) that limits occupational performance and participation.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of various standardized and non-standardized occupational therapy assessment and screening tools commonly administered in medical based pediatric settings.
  • Select appropriate assessment tool and approach for purpose of identifying performance skill deficits and client factors impacting occupational performance and participation using medical based pediatric case studies.
  • Analyze the statistical and clinical interpretation of assessment results used to determine the need for skilled occupational therapy intervention, the frequency and duration of services, and the guide for establishing goals and intervention approach in a medical based pediatric setting.
  • Analyze prioritized, client and family centered goals used to guide occupational therapy services in a medical-based pediatric setting.
  • Given case scenarios, select appropriate evidenced based, occupational therapy interventions that are developmentally and medically appropriate to address treatment goals.
  • Describe components of family centered models of practice utilized in medical based pediatric intervention and strategies for optimizing occupational performance/enhancing quality of life.
  • Describe discharge criteria that are consistent with professional standards, facility policy and procedures, and guidelines governing occupational therapy practice.
  • Define standards of ethics that guide practice in occupational therapy.

Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 20
Level: Intermediate
AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills, Performance Patterns, Context and environment; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, intervention, activity and occupational demands, outcomes. Category 3: Professional Issues:Legal,Legislative, Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues; Contemporary trends and issues, Supervision


Occupational Therapy Approaches for Neurocognitive Disorders Online Refresher CourseOT Approaches for Neurocognitive Disorders photo

This course is designed for occupational therapy practitioners who are interested in learning about the role and professional practice with clients with age-related Neurocognitive Disorders (NCD). The course will briefly summarize delivery of client-and family-centered care with this population and ethical considerations in practice. You will be able to describe practice settings that support occupational therapy services for older adults with NCD. In your learning activities, you will engage in interactive activities and case studies to apply occupational therapy processes of screening, evaluation, and intervention planning through discharge.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe neurocognitive disorders prevalent in the older adult population and impact on performance and participation
  • Apply the OT Process guided by the OT Practice Framework to evaluate individuals with select neurological conditions using standardized assessments
  • Develop intervention plans based on evidence for individuals with neurocognitive disorders throughout the course of the disorder
  • Identify outcome measures within the domain of practice of occupational therapy for this population
  • Recognize continued competencies and resources in a specialty area of practice for NCD.

Contact hours: 6
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): .6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 7.5
Level: Intermediate 
AOTA Classification CodesDomain of OT; Occupational Therapy Process: Professional Issues


 

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