The Division strives to offer ongoing learning opportunities for persons who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in occupational science and occupational therapy.
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
Read Course Descriptions here.
A Novel Approach to the Reduction of Hand Tremors: Beyond Weighted Equipment
August 27, 2016 Earn .4 CEUs (4 contact hours)
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions
Individuals who suffer from tremor-producing neurological disorders are at risk for decreased independence in occupational engagement due to various tremors that impair upper extremity function. Traditional occupational therapy interventions for hand tremors emphasize a compensatory approach to improve upper extremity function, but minimal evidence supports their effectiveness and feasibility. Recent studies have found a connection between rhythmic cortical activity and motor control. Mental stress also increases amplitude but decreases tremor frequency, potentially due to the synchronization of motor unit firing and by modifying the gain of the motor neurons and the stretch reflex.
This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of Qigong, a method incorporating relaxation training and self-healing, to minimize the presence of essential and intention-type hand tremors during clients’ functional activity performance.
For learning objectives, additional information, and registration: Hand_Tremors.pdf
How We Learn to Eat: Building the Foundation for Successful Mealtimes
November 11 & 12, 2016 Earn 1.3 CEUs (13 contact hours) Submitted for CBOT Advanced Practice
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions
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 toddlerhood. 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.
For learning objectives, additional information, and registration: Successful_Mealtimes.pdf
Documentation for Reimbursement
Available via Distance Learning Earn .6 CEUs (6 contact hours)
Effective documentation and coding are critical issues in educational, research and clinical practice environments. Rules and regulations as well as penalties and sanctions have become increasing complex and far reaching. The information presented in this course will provide participants with an understanding of basic compliance principles, specific concepts relevant to the practice, documentation, billing and coding of occupational therapy services, as well as critical updates of regulatory changes and new proposed rules. Insightful discussion and thought-provoking activities will assist participants in their understanding of the content and achievement of the learning objectives. Learn how to make your documentation stronger now and prepare for the future.
For learning objectives and registration: doc_08_16.pdf
Life Management Continuing Education Series
Available via Distance Learning only
The USC Life Management series prepares you to work with patients to both prevent and better manage chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, stress and behavioral health in all practice settings. Modules include: Introduction to Lifestyle Redesign®, Weight and Diabetes Management, Chronic Pain and Headache Management, and Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance.
For additional information on the Life Management series and to view system requirements for distance learning, please go to: http://chan.usc.edu/academics/continuing-education/life-management-series
Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course
Offered every January, April and September.
Course Location: University of Southern California (Health Sciences Campus) and Pediatric Therapy Network (Torrance, CA)
2016 Course Dates:
- September 12 - December 17, 2016
2017 Course Dates:
- January 9 - April 15, 2017
- April 17 - July 22, 2017
- September 11 - December 16, 2017
For additional information on the Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course, please go to: http://chan.usc.edu/academics/continuing-education/sensory-integration
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