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Avanti Pre-Camp Conference 2021: The Spirit of Engagement
Patti Oetter
Irene Ingram 2
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Patricia Oetter, Irene Ingram and Kim Barthel

Originally Recorded on June 17, 2021

CEUs: 5.75 Contact Hours (.575 AOTA CEUs)

Course Level 
OT, PT, SLP, educators, mental health professionals, and interested others
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.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the power of personal goal setting for gifting in areas of treatment.

  2. Discuss the impact of engagement with vision in a relationship.

  3. Interpret and summarize the components of an attuned relationship.

  4. Discuss the impact of non-verbal communication as a therapeutic tool.

  5. Recognize the importance of self-awareness and self-regulation as an aspect of therapeutic relationship

  6. Identify a major feature of engagement/connection in environment, task and interaction for each developmental level (womb, mother, kid power and brain power).


15 Minutes: Opening and General info: Heather Schmidt
60 Minutes: Equipping as a Healing Practitioner: Irene Ingram
30 Minutes: Panel Discussion
120 Minutes: Relationship as a Healing Force: Kim Barthel
30 Minutes: Panel Discussion
60 Minutes: Developmental Expression of Engagement: Patti Oetter
30 Minutes: Panel Discussion

Instructional Methods

The speakers will be using a lecture with slides, experiential labs, panel discussion and question and answers from the original live webinar.

Course Requirements

Following completion of all aspects of the course including a passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be sent a course completion certificate. 

Continuing Education

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5.75 Contact Hours (.575 AOTA CEUs) awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607, for Distance Learning - Interactive, Distance Learning - Independent Self-Study, and Blended/Hybrid courses that include both interactive and independent study aspects.  This live course is offered at .575 AOTA CEUs for intermediate level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery, professional issues, and foundational knowledge.Course approval number: 01935. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click  here to access our CEU policy information.

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