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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Lifestyle Redesign® Certification and Continuing Education

Please Note
Lifestyle Redesign continuing education opportunities are still under development and information on this page is subject to change. These opportunities are anticipated to launch in 2024.

The Lifestyle Redesign Knowledge Mobilization Initiative (LR-KMI), launched in 2022, aims to promote greater synergies across research, education, and practice in Lifestyle Redesign, and to develop resources and infrastructure to enable occupational therapists and health system partners to integrate Lifestyle Redesign into diverse practice settings.

As a result of these efforts, Chan is proud to be developing continuing education (CE) opportunities, including the CE courses offered as part of the Lifestyle Redesign Certification.

Lifestyle Redesign Certification

The Lifestyle Redesign Certification is a robust training program that prepares occupational therapy practitioners to provide clinical services and conduct research using the Lifestyle Redesign intervention framework.

Occupational therapy practitioners who complete the training program and related requirements will be eligible to become certified in Lifestyle Redesign. The Lifestyle Redesign Certification program is anticipated to launch in Fall 2024.

Lifestyle Redesign Certification requirements include:

  • 3 Lifestyle Redesign Core Courses
  • 4 Lifestyle Redesign Special Topics Courses
  • OT 638 Lifestyle Redesign Mentored Practicum1
  • Practice Hours:
    • 250 hours for OT practitioners licensed for more than 2 years
    • 500 hours for OT practitioners licensed for 2 years or less
  • ≥ 12 hours of Motivational Interviewing training from a MINT member2
  • Successful completion of Lifestyle Redesign certification exam

1 This is a 2-unit course, not eligible for continuing education credit.
2 Motivational Interviewing training is to be completed independently, outside of this training program; proof of completion is required.

Learn more about Lifestyle Redesign continuing education and pathways to certification by visiting the Lifestyle Redesign website


Continuing education courses offered as part of the Lifestyle Redesign Certification are open to any OT practitioner, regardless of intent to pursue Lifestyle Redesign Certification. OT students are able to take the Lifestyle Redesign continuing education courses. However, individuals are not eligible to sit for the Lifestyle Redesign certification exam until they are licensed OT practitioners. As such, OT students can start the Lifestyle Redesign certification process by taking the continuing education courses, but will not be eligible for certification until they are licensed.


Lifestyle Redesign continuing education courses are offered in a distance-learning/online format, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous formats. Detailed course descriptions can be found below.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education

USC is an AOTA approved provider of Continuing Education

Core Course 1: Foundations of Lifestyle Redesign (1.2 CEUs)

Core Course 2: Lifestyle Redesign Intervention Delivery (2.6 CEUs)

Core Course 3: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (0.8 CEUs)

Special Topics Courses (0.3 CEUs each)

Mentored Practicum (2 semester units)


Course Cost
Core Course 1US$400
Core Course 2US$860
Core Course 3US$265
Special Topics (4 courses)US$100 each (US$400 total)
Mentored Practicum (OT 638)Two units of USC tuition, currently $2244 per unit
Limited Status Student application feeUS$100

Course Instructors

The instructors for the USC Lifestyle Redesign Continuing Education courses are leaders in Lifestyle Redesign research, education and practice. Instructors are licensed occupational therapists with doctoral degrees and over 100 years of collective experience in Lifestyle Redesign. USC provides ongoing mentored training and opportunities for collaborative discourse among instructors to ensure mastery of content and consistency in content delivery across courses. Current instructors of the USC Lifestyle Redesign continuing education courses include:

Rebecca Cunningham OTD, OTR/L, MSCS (lead Core Course instructor)
Chantelle Rice Collins OTD, OTR/L, CDCES (lead Core Course instructor)
Jeanine Blanchard PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM
Camille Dieterle OTD, OTR/L, DipACLM
Gabby Granados OTD, OTR/L
Ashley Halle OTD, OTR/L
Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L
Marissa Marchioni OTD, OTR/L, CEAS
Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA
Lindsey Shomer OTD, OTR/L, CEAS
Marilyn Thompson OTD, OTR/L
Ashley Uyeshiro Simon OTD, OTR/L, MSCS