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2018 Fall Conference

  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • East Jefferson General Hospital


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Schedule for LOTA Fall Conference Revised.docx

Free parking in the Hudson Garage

Conference will be held on the 1st floor of hospital 

in the Crawford Conference Center

Friday, October 19, 2018

Exciting Keynote Address by AOTA's Frank Gainer (1 hour)

Track 1: Mindfulness & Zentangle: Science, Health & Happiness....even when you think you don't have time! (6 hours)

Track 2: Measurement of Adult Neurological Outcomes in

Occupational Therapy (4 hours) and Documentation Compliance Training (2 hours)

LOTA's Annual Business Meeting During Lunch (1 hour)

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Track 2: Therapeutic Use of Self: Bringing Occupation-Based Treatment into our Profession (6 hours)

Track 3: Executive Functioning Skills in Childhood (4 hours) and 

Pediatric Feeding (2 hours) 

Track 4: Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Pain: A-Z

(8 hours)

Day One:

Track 1: Mindfulness & Zentangle: Science, Health & Happiness....even when you think you don't have time! (6 hours)

Evetts and Peloquin (2017, p.3) identified to be a mindful occupational therapy practitioner one must: "possess a deep understanding of persons and therapy, logical activity analysis, and imaginative activity synthesis." In our ever busy therapy world of increasing productivity demands, evidence based practice and decreased lengths of stay, have we forgotten our roots and feel forced to engaged in mindless reductionistic tasks such as exercise and cone stacking? Plan to attend this session to increase your personal and professional mindfulness skills and engagement in therapy. Learn specific techniques which can be used in the clinic the day after this presentation with any population.

Abstract: Mindfulness programs, developed over the past several decades, have been implemented as a tool to address issues of well being and mental health in a variety of populations. Structured mindfulness programs have the potential to help adults in improve their own well-being. Studies have shown that these programs are associated with outcomes such as decreased stress, improved coping skills, increases in emotional intelligence, and increased productivity in the work setting (Mars & Oliver, 2016). Mindfulness: paying attention, without judgment, in the present moment. How many occupational therapy practitioners feel as if they are going through their day in autopilot. What are the impacts of this type of behavior in the clinical setting? This presentation provides an overview of the Koru mindfulness approach based upon research from Duke University. Participants will also be afforded the opportunity to engaged in a creative media: Zentangle which can be translated to use in a variety of clinical settings.

1. Identify how Mindfulness, the skill of learning to pay attention, without judgment, to one’s present–moment experience, can improve well-being in diverse populations.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of 2-3 to evidence-based Koru Mindfulness techniques to assist in improving sleep and concentration while reducing stress.

3. Demonstrate understanding of Zentangle theory, through creating a mindful focus of "art" using one stroke at a time, in a context where there are "no mistakes". Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.

4. Explore the direct mindful benefits which can be obtained through engagement in Zentangle "art" including: relaxation, increased self compassion, exploration of creativity, inspiration, relieve stress, increased attention & concentration among many others.

Christine Urish, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA is Professor of Occupational Therapy at Drake University in Des Moines, IA where she is responsible for teaching entry level OTD students psychosocial content and is the Doctoral Experiential Coordinator. She received BS (’89) and MS (’93) in OT from Western Michigan University and PhD from the University of Iowa (2005). She maintains a PRN clinical practice at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in behavioral health across the lifespan in inpatient and partial hospitalization programs as well as medical psychiatry.  

Track 2: Measurement of Adult Neurological Outcomes in

Occupational Therapy (4 hours) and Compliance (2 hours)

Learn about easy assessments you can use to standardize your practice and report patient outcomes more effectively

Course Objectives:

Following attendance at the seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Define the importance of using standardized measures in occupational therapy practice and report the quality and reimbursement related implications.

2.  Examine various measurement tools, tests, instruments, scales, and assessments that can be used in the practice of the adult neurological client.

3. Discuss administration and scoring issues associated with standardized measurement.

4. Assess the utility of appropriate measures for their individual practice.

5. Develop methods to incorporate these tools post-training

Barbara M. Doucet, PhD, LOTR- Dr. Doucet received her doctorate in Kinesiology in 1997 and has 34 years of clinical experience with the neurological population, specializing in treatment of persons with chronic stroke. Her research focuses on motor and functional recovery in chronic state. She oversees the Free Stroke Clinic that is embed within the OT curriculum at LSUHSC and supported by a Christopher & Dana Reeve grant. She instructs the research coursework in the LSUHSC OT curriculum.

Day Two:

Track 1: Cancelled 

Track 2: Therapeutic Use of SelfBringing Occupation-Based Treatment into our Profession (6 hours)

Join us for a fun and interactive course, with the goal of bringing valued, occupation-based therapy into every day practice. The facilitator and panel will incorporate therapists from a variety of settings and across a spectrum of years of experience in order to create a dynamic and exciting learning opportunity. 

1. Review the Theories and Models/Fundamentals of Practice related to the development of Occupational Therapy as a profession

2. Determine what sets Occupational Therapy apart from other disciplines

3. Collaborate with fellow Occupational Therapists to develop new treatment interventions for patients of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses

4. Discuss barriers to cares and develop strategies for how to overcome in all practice areas

5. Get excited about being an Occupational Therapist in an ever-changing healthcare industry

Nadia Johnson, LOTR

Shannon Mangum, MPS, LOTR

Tiffany Stafford, LOTR

Juleah Roberts, OTS

Track 3: Executive Functioning Skills in the Pediatric Population: Practical Strategies to Facilitate Improvement (4 hours) and Pediatric Feeding (2 hours)

Executive Functioning Skills in the Pediatric Population: Practical Strategies to Facilitate Improvement 

This 4 hour lecture will define what executive functioning skills are expected during different stages of development and will go on to outline practice strategies to facilitate improvement for those children who are behind the curve in regards to achieving the specified developmental milestones. 

Jennifer Falke, MOT, LOTR - Jennifer (Jenni) has been working with the pediatric population since graduating from the LSU School of Allied Health in 2011. She has exclusively worked in the outpatient pediatric practice setting where she has focused on treating children who have difficulties with managing sensory processing, social/emotional regulation, and attention.

Pediatric Feeding

Chelsea Pierce, MOT, LOTR, graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Fl in 2012.  After which, she accepted a job at Texas Children's Hospital Main Campus in Houston, Tx where she was primary OT for the PICU, Trauma/Ortho/Pain unit and Pulmonary Rehabilitation unit as well as serving on the Lung Transplant Team.  In these units, she was responsible for all bedside swallow assessments and consulted for oral motor therapy and feeding for children ranging from infants to teenagers.  Chelsea moved back home to Louisiana in November 2015 and accepted at job at Children's Hospital of New Orleans.  She currently works in the outpatient rehabilitation setting and treats children with a wide range of diagnoses.  In addition to her current caseload, she continues to treat children ranging from infants to adolescents for various oral motor delays and feeding difficulties.

Track 4: Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment of 

Shoulder Pain: A-Z (8 hours)

“My shoulder hurts.” Shoulder pain is a common problem which can originate from many different areas of the body making this simple complaint one of the hardest to treat.  This course is designed to help attendees incorporate evidence-based treatment in the management of complex shoulder patients in order to confidently consider differential diagnoses and efficiently treat your everyday shoulder patient. This course is designed to give a comprehensive look at the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder. During this course, you will develop your primary care skills through a review of lab values and imaging associated with the shoulder and through establishment of a clinical process for determining the appropriate clinical diagnosis necessary for care. You will identify common shoulder pathologies and classifications through subjective and special testing. Course format will include interactive lab and group activities to determine treatment ideas for shoulder patients based on level of irritability. Upon completion of this course, your competence in treating your shoulder patient will be as comprehensive as A-Z. Course instruction includes lecture, lab, and case studies in order to integrate application of skills and functional relevance.

1.     Review the anatomy and arthrokinematics of shoulder girdle complex

2.     Determine appropriate lab values and utilize imaging to assist in diagnosis

3.     Discuss review of systems and potential primary care differential diagnoses for shoulder pathologies

4.     Review current literature regarding evidence based practice for treatment of shoulder pain

5.     Identify common shoulder pathologies through objective measures and special testing.

6.     Review shoulder classification system

7.     Discuss fundamentals of exercise prescription and determine appropriate exercises based on level of irritability

8.     Apply functional interventions and goals based upon patient’s occupational profile to create individualized plans of care

The course speakers will be Jamie Anthaume Partridge, PT, DPT, OCS and Elizabeth Lemos PT,DPT OCS. Both speakers share extensive knowledge in their areas of expertise, receiving multiple awards and recognition and speaking at multiple conferences across the country. 


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