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Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

The course is an introduction to tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Using evidenced-based interventions, occupational therapists have a unique role in improving occupational functioning and improving quality of life for both children and adults living with tics in a variety of clinical settings. In this course, you will learn the symptoms of tic disorders, be introduced to the highly evidenced-based intervention(s) and provided with numerous resources to improve your clinical practice.

Acute Care 101: Lines, Leads, and Lab Values Oh My!

Lines, leads, and lab values oh my! The world of inpatient acute care can be medically complex, intimidating, and difficult to navigate with an occupation-based approach. Have no fear! Our panel of occupational therapy advanced practitioners are here to help! These wizards of acute care best practices represent four different healthcare organizations across the state and will share their expertise in how to prepare for and succeed as a level II fieldwork student, as an entry level clinician, or as an experienced clinician who is new to the acute care setting. The panel will identify evidence-based resources and tools to empower clinical competencies and confidence, share acute care case studies in the acute care context of clients and student scenarios, outline clinical competencies and soft skills required for acute care clinical readiness, and showcase program development and quality initiatives in their respective settings to elevate an occupation based approach within the interdisciplinary culture of acute care practice.

Rehabilitation of the Burn Patient

This course looks at the process of burn rehabilitation in the acute care phase of recovery from the occupational therapy perspective.

Nontraditional Fieldwork: The Role of Occupational Therapy in a Transitionary Primary Care Clinic

This course will explore non-traditional fieldwork and the opportunity it provides for community-based care focused on wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention. During a non-traditional role-emerging fieldwork placement, students explore the potential for, and establish and implement, an occupational therapy role. Learn about the role of occupational therapy in a transitionary primary care clinic through the lived experiences of members of the UF Health Care One Clinic in Gainesville, FL.

Exercise Psychology

This course will describe the benefits of various modes of exercise and potential barriers and facilitators to exercise. Benefits discussed will include mood, cognitive function, and “The Self”. Periodization techniques will be discussed to transition exercise from a “chore” into becoming a purposeful activity (i.e., occupation).

Cultural Competency in Patient-Centered Care

Cultural competence is essential for OTs. In order to provide quality care, we need to individualize our treatment by considering background, values, language, etc.. When we expand our horizons, we are better able to address the needs of our diverse patients.

De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution

In this course, the author provides an overview of conflict resolution. The course includes basics of conflict theory as well a broad understanding of techniques in conflict management and resolution. Healthcare professionals taking the course will learn the importance of de-escalation as well as approaches to conflict within a rehabilitation setting.

The Opioid Epidemic: History and Clinical Implications

In this course, the author provides an overview of opioids. The course includes the main types of opioids and their effects on body systems. Healthcare professionals taking the course will learn the historical context of opioids that have influenced the opioids epidemic as well as implications for clinical practice. This course is well-suited for occupational therapists as well as other professionals who are involved with pain management.