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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Continuing Education

Faculty member demonstrating facilitation of movement to two students

The Division strives to offer ongoing learning opportunities for persons who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in occupational science and occupational therapy.

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 Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, by phone at (866) 385-4250 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.


2016 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation

Enhancing Opportunities for Adults with Autism to Live as Fully Engaged Members of their Communities: Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
February 5, 2016   Earn 1 contact hour of CEUs
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions, G37

Join the USC Chan Division at the 2016 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation honoring Charlotte Exner PhD, OT/L, executive director of Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.

The Hussman Center brings together Towson students with young adults on the autism spectrum to create a mutually rewarding learning environment. Social, educational and fitness programs support student learning and adults with autism as they develop the tools needed to lead meaningful and engaged lives. Students learn best practices for working with adults on the spectrum and complete applied interdisciplinary research projects. Thanks to these experiences, many students have pursued careers working in the autism field, prepared with the skills to support individuals on the spectrum and to advocate for more accepting workplaces and communities.

11:30 Lecture (with luncheon to follow)
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe challenges and assets of adults with autism relative to current expectations of adults in our society.
2. Describe the core concepts and philosophy that guide the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.
3. Identify strategies that meet key needs through creative, inclusive programming.

The Neurobiology of Swallowing and Dysphagia—Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Swallowing, Dysphagia Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing Dysfunction

February 19 & 20, 2016   Earn 1.2 CEUs (12 contact hours)
Health Sciences Campus, Center for Health Professions

CBOT Approved for California advanced practice in feeding, eating, and swallowing.
Working towards your SWC? This is the perfect foundational course to start your training.  Seasoned dysphagia clinician looking for clarity? Although perfect for beginners, this course will deepen your understanding of the physiological foundations of feeding and take your treatment to a new level.  This two-day workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of the biomechanical, neurological and sensory components of normal and abnormal swallowing.  Participants will walk away with increased confidence in their understanding of the neuro-muscular control of swallow physiology, and be able to confidently apply this knowledge to day-to-day practice. Through lecture, modified barium swallow study videos, case studies and interactive activities, course participants will acquire the knowledge to assertively address the complex occupation of feeding across the lifespan.

Course Instructors: Kimberly Carter, OTD, OTR/L, SWC and Kary Rappaport, OTR/L, SWC, CLE
For learning objectives and additional information: Dysphagia_2016.pdf

Orange County CE Event: Executive Function and Praxis with Dr. Sharon Cermak

February 25, 2016   Earn 4 PDUs
KIDA, 17861 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

Kids Institute for Development and Advancement (KIDA) and the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association warmly invite you to lunch, lecture and seminar on Executive Function and Praxis with Professor Sharon Cermak EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Sharon Cermak is an internationally renowned scholar, researcher and clinician with more than 170 publications. Her clinical practice and research focuses on autism spectrum disorder, dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and sensory processing, and she is serving as the U.S. coordinator of a 17-country initiative to develop a screening tool to identify young children with DCD.

KIDA Innovation Lecture Series Luncheon Lecture (2 PDUs)
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
$25 Includes Lunch
RSVP online at

USC Chan Alumni Association’s Advanced Practice Seminar: Occupational Therapy Assessment of Executive Function and Praxis (2 PDUs)
2:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Free of Charge
RSVP via email to Alumni Association President Jen Jones at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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:

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:

  • January 4 - April 9, 2016
  • April 11 - July 16, 2016
  • September 12 - December 17, 2016

For additional information on the Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course, please go to:

Distance-Learning for Academic Degree Programs

Although distance-learning courses are not yet available for the academic degree programs, questions regarding future curricula may be directed to Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, at (866) 385-4250 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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