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.
Workshops / Courses
Integrating Health Literacy and Effective Communication to Improve Client-Centeredness and Quality of Care
July 25, 2015, Health Sciences Campus
The population of the United States is increasingly diversifying. Consequently, it is important that clinicians are prepared to provide effective, high-quality, patient-centered care to clients from all walks of life.
This one-day workshop guides participants through communication techniques to provide culturally sensitive care to diverse client populations. Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of health literacy and plain language, both important factors in communication with clients with limited English proficiency. Learn techniques to create accessible, high-quality, and easy-to-understand written materials, as well as techniques to work with interpreters and translators. Ways to assess client understanding and knowledge will also be discussed. Through a hands-on component, participants collaborate with other clinicians to create educational materials relevant to their practice areas.
For learning objectives and additional information: Client-Centered_Communications.pdf
Documentation for Reimbursement
Available via Distance Learning only
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, and critical updates of regulatory changes and new proposed rules. Insight from a medical reviewer about the mindset that is needed to create clinical documentation that will clearly justify the need for the special skills of an occupational therapist. Understand the reviewer’s rationale for denying claims. Also learn how to decrease audit potential and how to handle appeals.
For additional information: CEDocumentationforReimbursement_2.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)
2015 Course Dates:
- January 5 - April 11, 2015
- April 13 - July 18, 2015
- September 8 - December 18, 2015
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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