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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.

Doctoral Capstone Site Mentor Training

In this course, the author provides an overview of the doctoral capstone experience and project. Roles of all collaborators are explained. The training focus is on the role of the capstone site mentor and also includes the related paperwork requirements.

Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure Short-Form

In this course, the author summarizes the development, use and clinical utility of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Short-Form for identifying at-risk older drivers. Specifically, this training will examine the measure’s purpose, use, validity and reliability, development, and validation.

Therapeutic Communication

This is an introductory course in therapeutic communication for rehabilitation professionals. Students taking this course will receive an overview of basic verbal and nonverbal therapeutic communication skills and application within a rehabilitation setting.

Motivational Interviewing

In this course, the instructor provides an overview of motivational interviewing, originally introduced by William Miler and Stephen Rollnick in 1983. The instructor will evidence supporting motivational interviewing and application to Occupational Therapy.

Leveraging Understanding from Emerging Adults with Developmental Learning Disorders in Guiding Occupational Therapy Practice

Students with learning and attention disorders face obstacles related to managing occupational and life demands during their transitions to adult roles. Occupational therapists are ideally suited to facilitate the occupational role and performance of high achieving youth with learning and/or attention disorders (L/AD) in preparation for and during the transition to adult roles and contexts through college pathways. However, greater understanding of these young people’s broad-ranging needs and challenges across academic, career development, social, and daily life contexts is necessary. This presentation describes challenges faced by young adult college students with L/AD, a multi-faceted approach for supporting these students used at the University of Florida, and insights learned from academically successful undergraduates with L/AD that can be used to guide both research and practice.