Lifestyle Redesign® Certification and Continuing Education
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.
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.
USC is an AOTA approved provider of Continuing Education
This 12-hour course provides students with an overview of the history, core characteristics, and evidence base of Lifestyle Redesign. The course introduces students to evaluation, treatment planning, and goal setting within Lifestyle Redesign interventions, and provides an overview of the five core domains of Lifestyle Redesign and key terminology used in intervention delivery.
This course is a prerequisite for Core Courses 2 & 3.
This 26-hour course provides a deep dive into the five core domains utilized in Lifestyle Redesign interventions, as well as special considerations for intervention sequencing and discharge planning from a Lifestyle Redesign perspective.
- Domain 1, Meaningful occupations, habits, and routines, highlights the importance of performance patterns and daily occupations in shaping our health and well-being.
- Domain 2, Occupations relevant to managing chronic conditions, reviews occupations that support management of chronic conditions, such as eating routines, physical activity, medication management, and symptom tracking.
- Domain 3, Psychosocial well-being and mental health, discusses emotional regulation, coping strategies, and systemic factors that contribute to chronic stress.
- Domain 4, Environment and context, reviews how the physical and social context shape our experience of chronic conditions, discussing home safety, community mobility, social support, and life transitions.
- Domain 5, Advocacy and accessing healthcare, highlights important factors relevant to navigating the healthcare system and strategies for effectively communicating with providers.
This 8-hour course provides strategies for developing and implementing new Lifestyle Redesign programs in a range of settings, with relevant examples. Additionally, it reviews processes for program evaluation and monitoring, to ensure continued program success.
Our continuing education program will launch with 3-hour Special Topics courses in the most common treatment areas* addressed by Lifestyle Redesign, with additional topics to be added in the future. These courses each employ a structured format to provide an overview of Lifestyle Redesign intervention approaches for a specific diagnosis or population. Each course begins with pathophysiology and medical management of a particular condition, as it is relevant to occupational performance. Each course then provides a detailed overview of special considerations for evaluation and intervention specific to that diagnosis. Each course concludes with an application portion focused on review of case studies and a learning activity.
*Special Topics courses include the following: weight management, diabetes, chronic pain, chronic headaches (including post-concussion syndrome), sleep disorders, autism, multiple sclerosis, mental health, and primary care.
Note: This course is not eligible for CE credit as it is offered through USC as a 2-unit semester course, typically 14-weeks in duration. Participants register as limited-status students at USC to enroll.
Participants attend 2-hours synchronous class sessions each week and practice Lifestyle Redesign with clients outside of class. They receive mentoring on their performance, methods and therapeutic approach, and feedback and guidance on treatment and documentation. Weekly discussion with the instructor and peers informs the participant’s treatment planning and delivery. The course requirements include two case studies with clinical observations, which serve to demonstrate competency in delivering Lifestyle Redesign interventions.
|Core Course 1||US$400|
|Core Course 2||US$860|
|Core Course 3||US$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 fee||US$100|
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