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ArizOTA 2016 Annual Fall Conference

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ArizOTA welcomes all therapists, students & other individuals interested in or active in the field of Occupational Therapy to the 2016 ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE.  We are excited to offer two full days of excellent speakers and presentations, posters, various healthcare-related exhibitors, networking opportunities and continuing education credits.  

Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24, 2016
Northern Arizona University – Phoenix Biomedical Campus:
435 N. 5Th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Course Descriptions

Track 1 (both days)

Bal-A-Vis-X (limited to 60 seats)
Katy Held and MaryAnn Short
Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of some 300 exercises, most of which are done with sand-filled bags and/or racquetballs, often while standing on a Bal-A-Vis-X balance board. Requiring multiple thousands of mid-line crossings in three dimensions, these exercises are steadily rhythmic, with a pronounced auditory foundation, executed at a pace that naturally results from proper physical techniques. Bal-A-Vis-X enables the whole mind-body system to experience the symmetrical flow of a pendulum.
This carefully modulated system of exercises can become increasingly complex OR increasingly simplified/modified for those with various needs.

Track 2  - Friday

How to Search for and Make Evidence-Based Practices a Reality in Daily Clinical Practice
Heather Williamson, DrPH, OTR/L,  Melissa Johnson, MSLS, and Debbie Hines, MA, OTR/L
This session will provide a general overview of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and its importance to continually advance the field of occupational therapy. In particular, how practitioners themselves can both utilize EBPs but also inform research through their practice-defined evidence. Participants will review and discuss barriers and facilitators to actively searching for and implementing EBPs. Publicly available EBPs resources will be reviewed. Participants will learn key strategies to effectively and efficiently identify the best evidence available to inform their practice.

Best Practices in Intervention Evaluation:  From Selecting Assessments to Interpreting the Results
Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Excellence in evaluation consists of gathering an occupational profile and using quality assessments to analyze occupational performance. The evaluation process is focused on: identifying client preferences and performance abilities, past and present as well as identifying supports and barriers to health, well-being, and participation.

This presentation will outline a process for identifying assessment tools and confidently interpreting results using the best scientific evidence.  Applying measurement benchmarks related to reliability and validity will be reviewed to assertively use assessment tools in practice.  Ecologically-validity will be elevated as an essential, powerful consideration in occupational therapy evaluation.

Promoting Community Mobility in Arizona for Those Unable to Drive
Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Community mobility is an IADL that allows you to participate in activities and to access the goods and services that support quality of life.  Throughout most of Arizona, community mobility is best achieved when one can drive one’s own car.  But, what happens when driving is not an option due to impairments or as one ages and has to give up the keys? In this workshop, OTs will be learn more about the transportation needs of the clients and populations they serve in Arizona and how they can help to promote access to alternative options for community mobility.

Breaking the Barrier to Recovery from Chronic Muscle Pain
Glenys Chartrand, OTR/L, NZOTR, Ad.Dip.OT (NZ), BC-HIS
The SIRCLE program, founded in NZ, reported 90% success rate in treatment of chronic muscle pain. People with chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, cumulative trauma injury and other musculoskeletal diagnoses are often moved into untreatable, managed only category, leaving them in a frustrating, lower economic state with no prospect of returning to their former employment of lifestyle. Too often, the patient is managed with addictive opioid and/or psychotropic medications that become ineffective over time.

Track 2  - Saturday

HIPAA Compliance for OTs: Strategies for Compliance in All Settings
Veda Collmer, Esq., OTR/L
New HIPAA rules has heightened government enforcement, as well as fines for non-compliance. For the occupational therapist, practicing in a variety of settings, understanding how the rules affect you is important for protecting patient privacy. This course provides an overview of HIPAA’s requirements, as well as strategies for complying in all types of settings.

Documenting Compliantly & Efficiently: Best Practices Techniques
Veda Collmer, Esq., OTR/L
Documenting patient care is a critical component in occupational therapy practice. Effective documentation satisfies payer requirements, can withstand an audit, is reimbursable, and captures the services delivered. However, the pressures of productivity, navigating the electronic health record, meeting compliance requirements, and managing large caseloads can get in the way of effective patient care documentation. This course provides best practice techniques for effectively documentation occupational therapy service delivery and techniques for maximizing your documentation time.

A Global Journey: Using Culturally Responsive Care Educational Model to Understand Occupation in Context
Pamela Talero Cabrejo, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM
Culturally responsive care in occupational therapy refers to equitable, empathetic and contextualized care that is in sync with the shared experiences and meanings of diverse peoples, and aims to reduce health inequalities while enabling participation and social inclusion. Because therapists are working in increasingly different settings, with diverse clients in complex scenarios across borders, culturally responsive care is imperative to understanding people in their living context. This session presents a model for learning and understanding culture from an occupational perspective, in order to provide services that effectively address participation and social inclusion in different contexts and with diverse populations.

Conference Joint Sessions
Joint sessions will be held Saturday, September 24th from 7:30-8:00 a.m.

Legislative Update
Presented by the ArizOTA Legislative Committee. Scot Butler III, ArizOTA State Lobbyist, will discuss legislative updates affecting occupational therapy in the state of Arizona, National issues, and Federal issues.

AOTA Representative Update
Presented by the Arizona Representative to the AOTA’s Representative Assembly. Christine Merchant, Ph.D, OTR/L,will discuss the actions of the AOTA’s Representative Assembly from the Spring Meeting.

Poster Sessions
Poster session will be held Saturday, September 24th, from 1:15-2:00 p.m.

Achieving Eligibility for ADA Dial-a-Ride Services in Phoenix, Arizona
Brandi Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L, Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L and Cornelius Cox, OTS

Evidenced-Based Practice in Action: OT’s Role in Implementing Performance-Based Cognitive Assessments in the Acute Care Setting
Amanda Blattman, OTD, OTR/L, Sara Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, Jennifer Crandall, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, and Abbey Glen, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

Forming Global Partnerships
Gina Buban, M.S., OTR/L, Debbie Hines, M.A., OTR/L, Lori Lambert, COTA/L, Lara Taggart, M.S., OTR/L, Melissa Clark DHSc, OTR/L, CHT, and Meagan Orban, M.S., OTR/L

Perceptions of Compressed Occupational Therapy Courses among Students and Faculty: A Pilot Study
Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L

Quality of Life of Those Receiving Dialysis: Implications for Occupational Therapy
Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L and Emily Schulz, Ph.D., OTR/L, CFLE

The Effectiveness of an Occupational Therapy Community-Based Self-Management Program on Perceived Self-Efficacy among Adults with Arthritis
Melissa Clark DHSc, OTR/L, CHT,  Amy Kennedy OTD, OTR/L, Alyssa Clark OTS, Jacob Diamante OTS, Kelly Irion OTS, Lindsey Ivey OTS, Kate Vann OTS, Rhysa Sisco OTS, Cindy Wong OTS

The Entry Level OTD 16 Week Doctoral Experiential Component (DEC): Collaborating with Students to Elevate Practice and Create a Mutually Beneficial DECs
Sara Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

The Relationships between Visual-Perceptual-Motor Skills, Sensory Processing Behaviors, and Handwriting in School-Age Children with Autism
Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP and Brynn Nealon, MS, OTR/L

Understanding the Relationship with Nature for Older Adults Residing in Assisted Living Facilities
Lori Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L

Good Googling: Evidenced Based Parent Training
Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth, OTD, OTR/L, Meredith Carpenter, OTS, Caitlin Covert, OTS, and Tincey Thomas, OTS

Prospecting for Practice-Scholar Gems: Professional Development Reconsidered
Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Cynthia Ivy, OTD, M.Ed., CHT, Oaklee Rogers, OTD, OTR/L, Heather William, DrPH, MBA, OTR/L, CPH and Sara Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L

Chronic disease management of DMII in the acute care setting
Bethany Helton, MOT, OTR/L