2021Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
26-27 February 2021

Dr. Carol Penn and Dr. Kathy Farah

February 26-27, 2021

CEUs: 12 hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs)

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

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour session

March 10th, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

CEUs: 1 hours (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Course Description
This course is an evidenced based examination and experiential approach to  generational and racialized trauma. It invites the participant to deeply examine their implicit bias through review  of their  family of origin.  Mindfulness-based and mind-body approaches  will be used to shift physiologic responses. Learning new patterns will strengthen therapeutic relationships in a trauma informed, culturally sensitive manner.

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

February 26, 2021

CEUs: 6 hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

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

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour session

March 16th, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

CEUs: 1 hours (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Course Description

Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly notice and interpret these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of clients including those with autism, trauma and attachment disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and behavioral challenges. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of regulation, emotional well-being and social connection so it is more important than ever to incorporate interoception-based knowledge in the supports that we provide.

This course will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as how to apply this evidence when serving clients in a variety of settings. A systematic evidence-based approach for assessing and supporting interoception will be shared. Participants will learn how to successfully adapt the approach presented to match the needs of clients with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles and ages.

Shelley Mannell

February 27, 2021

CEUs: 6 hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

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

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour sessions

March 18th, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

CEUs: 1 hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Course Description

Previous models of postural control were based on our knowledge at the time. While both Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration address postural control, their information and application in both motor and sensory realms are incomplete based on current research and knowledge. Many other philosophies of therapeutic intervention for children do not address postural control at all.  Join us for an exploration of dynamic systems theory as the basis for a contemporary paradigm for postural control. We will discuss this model, emphasizing an expanded number of components and the dynamic relationships between components, along with practical information on the clinical application to assessment and treatment of postural control in children with sensory and motor challenges.

Symposium Information

What is it?

  • 3-day live continuing education event held annually in St Paul, MN focused on advancing intervention services.  For 2021, the conference will be a 2-day online event.

  • 1 and 2 full day continuing education courses offered.

  • Combination of introductory, intermediate, and advanced learning opportunities.

  • Courses taught by leading occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, and other health professional experts.


When is the 2021 Symposium?

  • February 26-27, 2021

  • Registration 7:30 – 8:30 am.

  • Courses from 8:30 – 4:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated on the course agenda.

  • Breaks from 10 – 10:30 am and 2:30 – 3:00 pm, Lunch 12 – 1 pm, unless otherwise indicated on the course agenda.  

  • Visit vendor booths or connect with friends and colleagues at breaks or lunch.

What are the Community of Practice sessions?

For each course, a 1-hour interactive question and answer session is included in the course tuition. It is an opportunity to further discuss the course information and make the information relevant to your practice.

Who should attend?

  • Pediatric practitioners looking to expand their knowledge of intervention services

  • Occupational therapists

  • Occupational therapy assistants

  • Physical therapists

  • Physical therapy assistants

  • Speech Language Pathologists

  • Students who wish to specialize in pediatric services

  • Interested others such as educators, psychologists, social workers, mental health practitioners, counselors, or allied health professionals


Why should you attend the Symposium?

  • Ability to attend multiple courses on consecutive days in one location

  • Gain knowledge from dynamic, renowned pediatric speakers

  • Benefit from hands on learning experiences

  • Courses available for all experience levels

  • Networking opportunity to connect with multi-disciplinary practitioners

  • Increase understanding of product or services offerings from vendors

Where will it be held?

For 2021, the event will be online using a platform that allows for networking and interaction with vendors.  We hope to be back in person for 2022 in St Paul, Minnesota.

What is the cost to attend?

Standard pricing:

  • One day: $215 USD

  • Two day: $430 USD

Register on or before January 15, 2021 to receive early bird pricing:

  • One day: $195 USD

  • Two day: $395 USD

Group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more attendees.  The group discount is $10 off per course. Contact Integrative Education at symposium@integrativeot.org to receive a group discount code; please include in the email the name of each attendee along with a group name.

What is the history of the Symposium:

Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA founded Professional Development Programs (PDP) in 1980 as a vehicle to bring continuing education programs by leading experts in intervention to the Minnesota community of pediatric therapists and eventually to thousands across the United States. The PDP Symposium celebrated 30 years of successful educational programming when Eileen sold the company in 2009. Inspired to continue to offer innovative resources and education, Eileen founded Richter Active Integration Resources (RAIR). Since 2014, the RAIR Symposium annually provided a variety of education topics focused on empowering therapists to improve their clinical reasoning and intervention strategies.  The final RAIR Symposium was slated to be February 2018 upon Eileen’s retirement. Heather Schmidt, MS, OTR/L, founder and president of Integrative Therapy and long-time attendee of the PDP and RAIR Symposia, approached Eileen to create a partnership to carry on the tradition of bringing substantive continuing education programming to Minnesota. It is with enthusiasm and excitement that the Integrative Education Symposium kicked off its inaugural year in 2019 to empower and inspire health professionals.

Course Handouts

Symposium course handouts will be available on the online platform to download.