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Integrative Education offers a variety of learning opportunities:
Avanti Pre-Camp Conference 2021: The Spirit of Engagement

Patricia Oetter, Irene Ingram and Kim Barthel, Live Online Webinar

Thursday June 17th, 2021, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm CT

CEUs: 6.25 contact hours (.625 AOTA CEUs)

Recording access approximately 1 week after the event, viewing available for 2 weeks after release

Cost: $195 early bird registration ends May 15th, regular price, $215

All Proceeds Benefit Camp Avanti!

*Group discount for $10 off per course for groups of 5 or more  

Email at Education@integrativeot.org for a coupon code

Course Description

The day’s program will focus on empowering and equipping therapists with reflection, healing, enlightening, knowledge, and creativity as all 3 speakers provide their expertise and gifting engagement. Breakout rooms will be embedded into the course to allow for small group reflections along with a panel discussion of experienced occupational therapy practitioners to contribute to the discussion of each topic presented.


Equipping as a Healing Practitioner: Irene Ingram
Practitioners evolve with repertoires of skills that lead them to their individual gifting. Setting goals for oneself such as “I want to be able to engage in amazing ways”, is the necessary catalyst for acquisition of greater gifting in an area. Understanding the relationship of self with the spirit of healing, the power of imagination and vision, and limiting or empowering beliefs will be explored during this portion of the course.


Relationship as a Healing Force: Kim Barthel
Present and connected relationships are a powerful healing force. They are an intrinsic modulator, a co-regulator of arousal states, and a motivator for all kinds of positive change. With secure relationship at the core of any intervention or frame of reference, there is much reason for hope. It is my belief that therapeutic relationship skills can be cultivated; they can be taught, and they can be learned. What is attunement? How do we learn to connect to ourselves so we can better connect with others? How do we harness the advantages of understanding non-verbal communication? These are some of the questions that will be explored during this portion of the course are intended to deepen our compassionate self-inquiry – towards supporting our relationships whether they are in clinical settings or far beyond.

 

Developmental Expression of Engagement: Patricia Oetter
This last section of our conference will focus on the development of connection and engagement from womb to school age. It will be done in the context of my Extended Matrix Model which was somewhat based on the work of Joseph Chilton Pearce. His work considered social emotional development in the developmental stages of Womb, Mother, Kid Power and Brain Power. The Extended Matrix Model Considers these stages from the perspectives of Task, Environment, and Interaction. It will also integrate
the interdependent concepts of co-regulation and regulatory functions with the development of engagement and connection skills.

Beyond the Seen and Behind the Scenes of Behaviors: Understanding the Needs of Neurodivergents An Interview with an Autistic OT

Kim Clairy and Dr. Kelly Mahler, Lunch & Learn

September 15th, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

CEUs: 1 contact hour

Recording access approximately 1 week after the event, viewing available for 2 weeks after release

Cost: $30

Course Description

All too often, the needs of neurodivergents are significantly misunderstood resulting in areas that either go un-addressed or sometimes even worse are addressed from the wrong perspective (e.g., a behavioral approach). As an autistic OT, Kim will provide a fresh view on a few of these common areas including sensory experiences, self-understanding, communication and social participation. Expand the way you understand the challenges your clients may have in one or more of these areas; this knowledge in turn will empower you to provide more meaningful and targeted supports (and dare we say—serve as the most effective, kindest ‘behavior support’ available).

On-Demand The Pervasive Impact of Breath on Function: What to Know and What to Do

Eileen Richter & Patricia Oetter, On-Demand

Available for purchase February 26th, 2021 - May 30th, 2021

Community of Practice Q&A session, June 15th, 11:30 am - 12:30 CT

CEUs: 3 contact hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $90

Course Description

Breath has not always been a focus in pediatric treatment. New information is shedding light on how respiration impacts many aspects of development. It is therefore necessary for us to take a more in-depth and active approach to breathing function in our clients with regulatory, sensory processing and/or sensory motor dysfunction.

 

Current study of breathing restrictions be they structural, functional, or the result of trauma or allergies is identifying associations with regulatory disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep patterns, ADD, and ADHD; as well as motor skills such as feeding, posture and other skills. Observation of respiratory patterns leads to a better understanding of development and sensory motor outcomes. Identifying where 3-dimensional rib cage expansion, i.e. breath, is restricted (diaphragm, upper chest, neck, mouth, nose) provides clues to function and is a foundational focus for treatment. Rate, depth, rhythm and gradation are required for attention, self-regulation, endurance, postural control, eating, voicing for speech, and many other development achievements. 

 

This workshop will emphasize the process of respiratory development, from in utero on, as it relates to typical and atypical sensory processing, and sensory motor processing and development. We will discuss how this applies to assessment and treatment of pediatric clients with varied diagnoses. Using lectures, slides, & videos, we will explore assessment and treatment options to address various dysfunctional respiratory patterns.

Lunch & Learn Series, On-Demand Bundle & Save

Michelle Emanuel, Rhoda Erhardt, & Kim Barthel, Recording Replay

Originally Recorded on November 6, 2020, December 2, 2020, and January 2, 2021

CEUs: 3 contact hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $75 USD

Course Description

The Lunch & Learn series presented in November 2020, December 2020 and January 2020 are bundled together for a unique 3-hour on-demand learning opportunity.  In this course, there are three modules of these topics:

  • Michelle Emanuel, Polyvagal PopUp: The Neuroscience of State Behavioral Organization, held as a live webinar on November 6, 2020.

  • Rhoda Erhardt, Visual-Perceptual-Motor Interventions for Developmental Coordination Disorders, held as a live webinar on December 2, 2020.

  • Kim Barthel, Sleep as a Contribution of Regulation, held as a live webinar on January 7, 2021.

 

Each module includes the recording, course handouts, references and chat transcript from the live events.

On-Demand PolyVagal PopUp: The Neuroscience of State Behavioral Organization

Michelle Emanuel, Recording Replay

Originally Recorded on November 6, 2020

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

This course covers the essentials of autonomic nervous system function as seen through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory.    Understanding the neuroscience behind dysregulation and regulation provides a strong foundation for therapists to provide helpful interventions which optimize regulation and resiliency.  State behavioral organization is the key to safe and meaningful negotiation through the sensorimotor territory of human development in the pre-crawling period.

On-Demand Visual-Perceptual-Motor Interventions for Developmental Coordination Disorders

Rhoda Erhardt, Recording Replay

Originally Recorded on December 2, 2020

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

This course will focus on practical approaches for providing services to children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, which is recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth edition (DSM-5). Theoretical foundations for impairments in skilled motor movements that are linked to implications for occupational performance will be explored. Participants will walk away with examples of intervention strategies including principles for individualizing therapeutic activities.

On-Demand Sleep as a Contribution to Regulation

Kim Barthel, Recording Replay

Originally Recorded on January 2, 2021

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

Virtually every neurological and mental health issue manifests in sleep-wake dysregulation (Garcia-Rill, 2019). Therapists who evaluate, support and enhance function are constantly questioned by their clients “How do I help myself or my child sleep better?” This lunch and learn session will focus upon the science of sleep and its impact upon regulation. 

On-Demand Inner Ear, Inner Drive: Unlocking the contributions of the auditory & vestibular systems  

Sheila Frick, Recording Replay

Originally Recorded on October 20, 2020

CEUs: 3 contact hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $90

Course Description

The inner ear plays a critical role in forming the “felt sense” of ourselves relative to the world around us, which is a necessary foundation for emotional regulation, praxis, and higher level cognitive skills. This felt sense and its associated perceptions helps us to develop a working map of our bodies and our physical environment, as well as a foundation for connection. Furthermore, the development of the vestibular-postural-ocular connections support both stable and dynamic positioning of our body relative to the salient events around us.

Starting from the sensory and neurophysiological roots, we will explore the vestibular and auditory portions of the inner ear and their relationship to our innate drive to adapt and gain mastery over our environment. Beyond the role of the inner ear in the development of our physical mastery over our body in space, this course will discuss the relationship of vestibular and auditory sensory processing to our innate drive to connect with another. Ultimately, at the highest level, our innate inner drive contributes to the development of the sensory motor foundation for social engagement, play, and learning.

Tel: 651-336-8911

Email: education@integrativeot.org

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