University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics
Academics

Continuing Education

The division strives to offer ongoing learning opportunities for expanded knowledge and skills in occupational science and occupational therapy.

  • For general questions about Continuing Education at USC Chan, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • For inquiries about the Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • For information on USC Continuing Education, visit continuingeducation.usc.edu.
  • Any occupational therapist who wishes to attend one or more USC courses for credit towards a degree as a “limited status” student is invited to contact a member of our Admissions Team.

Pathways To Excellence

Designed for the experienced clinician but accessible to all master’s students, these courses are key building blocks in creating programs of study with specific occupational therapy specialty focus areas, enabling graduate students to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise in cutting-edge practice areas.

  • OT 560: School-based Practice
  • OT 564: Sensory Integration Theory
  • OT 571: Assistive Technology
  • OT 572: Ergonomics
  • OT 573: Hand Rehabilitation
  • OT 574: Enhancing Motor Control for Occupation
  • OT 575: Dysphagia Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics
  • OT 576: Universal Design
  • OT 578: Therapeutic Communication for the Healthcare Practitioner
  • OT 583: Lifestyle Redesign®
  • OT 584: Clinical Applications of Telehealth Technologies
  • OT 610: Sensory Integrative Dysfunction (offered every January, April and September)

Get more information about these courses →


Workshops/Courses

Life Management Series

The USC Life Management Series prepares you to work with patients to better manage chronic health and medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, stress, behavioral health, and autism spectrum disorders.

The USC Life Management Series includes 7 courses.

Prerequisite course:

  • Introduction to Lifestyle Redesign®
    (distance learning/online, 6 contact hours)
    This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the Life Management Series. (The prerequisite is waived for anyone who has taken the USC OT583 Lifestyle Redesign® course or the AOTA Lifestyle Redesign® Webcast Series, Units 1-6.)

Other courses:

  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Weight Management, Diabetes and Related Co-morbid Conditions
    (distance learning/online, 6 contact hours)
  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Chronic Pain and Headache Management
    (distance learning/online, 6 contact hours)
  • Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance (through December 2018)
    (distance learning/online, 6 contact hours)
  • Occupational Therapy in Primary Care
    (in-person on December 13, 2018, at the USC Health Sciences Campus, 6 contact hours)
  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    (distance learning/online, 3 contact hours)
  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
    (distance learning/online, 3 contact hours)

Coming soon:

  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Mental Health (replaces Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance in 2019)
    (in-person on February 15, 2019, at the USC Health Sciences Campus, 3 contact hours)

Find out more about the Life Management Series and how to register →

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education


USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education


CEAS I: Ergonomics Assessment Certification Workshop

January 18 & 19, 2019
USC Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles

The USC Chan Division in association with The Back School presents this skills-based training program that allows attendees to practice performing office and non-office ergonomics assessments with focus on identifying risk factors and determining solutions and opportunities for improvements. At the successful completion of the workshop you will be awarded your certification designating you as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I (CEAS®).


How We Learn to Eat: Building the Foundation for Successful Mealtimes

February 8 & 9, 2019
USC Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles

How do infants and young children learn to eat? What happens when children do not learn the skills they need to eat?

This course provides an overview of current research on typical and atypical feeding from infancy through early childhood. Through review of videos, case studies and hands on clinical laboratory activities, it will describe practical strategies to address bottle feeding, transition to solids, texture progression, chewing, self-feeding, oral aversion, food refusal and feeding interventions with typical and medically fragile populations.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education


Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)

February 23–27, 2019
USC Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles

Early-bird pricing: $750 for OT students; $995 for OT practitioners (register before January 23, 2019 to save $65.00). Registration ends January 25, 2019.

The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) is an innovative observational assessment that is used to measure the quality of a person’s activities of daily living (ADL). This is assessed by rating the effort, efficiency, safety, and independence of 16 ADL motor and 20 ADL process skill items, within the context of performing chosen, familiar, and life-relevant ADL tasks.

AMPS training is comprised of a five-day AMPS training course, and follow up testing of 10 people to achieve rater reliability as an AMPS rater. With the new skills and insights developed during the course, confidence is enhanced and participants are more capable and proactive advocates for the use of occupation when providing occupational therapy services.

  • Register for this course online →
  • Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions.

Dysphagia Assessment Through the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics

March 9, 2019
USC Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles

This course is designed for occupational therapy practitioners who have an interest in learning dysphagia across the lifespan: pediatrics through geriatrics. It is intended for therapists who wish to gain a better understanding of the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal structures and function as they relate to normal and abnormal swallowing. This course will address various screens and assessment strategies for patients and caregivers. The course will utilize a combination of didactic, case studies, and hands on experiences.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education