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

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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.

Workshops / Courses

2015 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award Presentation - The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for Autism Spectrum Disorders

University Park Campus - Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom
January 29, 2015 · 5:30PM

The SCERTS model is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This framework is not exclusionary of other treatment approaches and methodologies, but rather provides a curriculum for those who are seeking guidelines for implementing a comprehensive educational plan that is based on our knowledge of the core developmental challenges faced by children with ASD, family-centered care and our knowledge of the recommended tenets of educational programming as indicated by the National Academy of Sciences. This keynote address by Amy Laurent will provide a brief overview of the model as well as examples of application for individuals diagnosed with ASD at various stages of development.

Learning Objectives:
- List essential components of the SCERTS model.
- Identify application of the model for children diagnosed with ASD at various developmental stages.

Earn .1 AOTA-approved CEU. Participants must sign in/out and complete a learning outcomes and course evaluation in order to receive CEU credit.  Certificates will be available via email within one week after the lecture.   

For additional information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Motivational Interviewing

March 7 and 14, 2015   USC Health Sciences Campus
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective approach to overcoming the ambivalence that keeps many people from making desired changes in their lives. Occupational therapists and other health care professionals will find this method of therapeutic communication to be a valuable tool to both understand the nature of behavior change and to develop the skills to identify readiness for change; and, ultimately to facilitate the process. This is an interactive workshop.

For additional information: Motivational_Interviewing_2015.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: CEDocumentationforReimbursementDL.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:

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:

Sensory Integration Courses with WPS

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).

For information on USC Continuing Education

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