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Conversations That Matter
Wednesday, April 01, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: Professional Development Events

OTAC presents: Conversations That Matter

Learn - Connect - Encourage – Inspire

Cost: FREE (OTAC members can also request free CEU contact certificates)
When: Wednesdays - March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 12-1 pm MST
How: Zoom video meeting (Join here!)

OTAC, the volunteer organization representing all occupational therapy practitioners and students in the state of Colorado, recognizes the need for additional support and encouragement for our community as we navigate the changes the Covid-19 virus has brought to our neighborhoods, our practices, our schools, and our personal lives.

To be of greater service to you during this time, OTAC invites you to join your fellow Colorado OTs for free informal learning sessions every Wednesday at noon for the next six weeks. These sessions will be led by six different subject matter presenters, who will give informal presentations on topics of interest and facilitate community discussion around those topics.

The volunteers of your Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado are here for you. We are better together, and together we can support and encourage each other through this crisis and on to a shared brighter future!

Let’s show up on Wednesdays for one another just as we are. PJ’s optional. Beverage of your own choosing. Kids, cats, dogs, and dirty dishes we can’t see in the background welcome.

Session 1: Wednesday March 25
Conversations That Matter: Living with Courage and Compassion in Crisis
Presenter: Linda Crawford, OTR/L, CDWF (Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator) 

To kick off Conversations That Matter, Linda invites practitioners and students to share in a community connection and conversation time about the challenges we are navigating as a result of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. How can we support each other in a crisis that threatens not only our physical health, but the entirety of our “occupational selves” and occupational engagement in life? As a certified facilitator of Brene Brown’s research, Linda will share skill building principles we can implement now to help us to “live with courage and compassion in crisis.” A time for interactive conversation will follow.

Session 2: Wednesday, April 1
Conversations That Matter: OT & Caregivers: Building Connection & Community
Presenter: Julie Silver Seidle, MS, OTR/L, PhD Candidate

For our second session of Conversations That Matter, Julie will discuss highlights from her work and research with caregivers of older adults and individuals with dementia.How can we provide meaningful care and support to caregivers that empowers them to build connection and community in their daily lives? As a community-engaged practitioner and researcher, Julie will share insights and skills that every practitioner should cultivate in order to provide more meaningful and connected supports and services to caregivers.

Session 3: Wednesday, April 8th 
Conversations That Matter: The Gifts of OT : Think big, step forward, and shine your light 

Presenter: Lisa White, OTR/L Fertility Coach & IVF Mentor

For our 3rd session of Conversations That Matter, Lisa will discuss highlights from her work as an OT and IVF (in vitro fertilization) mentor through the lens of her personal experience of infertility. She will share some of the key offerings she created to support women struggling with the emotional rollercoaster of IVF and infertility, and how those offerings can be generalized to other areas of OT practice. How can we as OT practitioners shine our light and step forward to help meet the needs of individuals experiencing a variety of challenges during this trying time of the coronavirus? As a holistic OT and passionate fertility advocate, Lisa will share insights and skills that any practitioner or student can cultivate which may lead to a deepened discovery of yourself and the work you’re called to do. A time for interactive conversation will follow.

Session 4: Wednesday April 15th
Conversations that Matter: Occupational Therapists Role in the Use of Telehealth as a Model of Care 

Presenter: Kristin Key, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist

For our 4th session of Conversations That Matter, Kristin Key will discuss highlights from her work, research, and experience with using telehealth as a model of care prior to COVID-19 and through COVID-19. How can we provide high quality care and meet the needs of our patients and families if we cannot see them in person?
As an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Kristin Key will share insights and skills that every practitioner can cultivate in order to skill high quality and successful patient care via telehealth. Video examples of sessions will also be shared.

Session 5: Wednesday April 22nd
Conversations That Matter: Supporting Sleep Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presenter: Natalie Rolle, MOT, OTR/L

For our fifth session of Conversations That Matter, Natalie will discuss highlights from her work and research.clinical experience with chronic insomnia and share behavioral strategies to support better quality sleep. How can we promote and maintain good quality sleep during a crisis and a complete change from our normal day to day life? As a community-engaged practitioner and researcher, Natalie will share insights and skills that every practitioner can cultivate in order to help promote better sleep quality today and into the future, crisis or not. Natalie has advanced training in CBTI for chronic insomnia, and works at the Center for Community Partnerships at Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. 

Session 6: Wednesday April 29th
Conversations That Matter: Rethinking Advocacy: Knowing Your 'Why' and Cultivating Skills in Advocating for OT, Clients, and Yourself 
Presenter: Shannon Perrins, OTS 

For our sixth session of Conversations That Matter, Shannon Perrins will discuss highlights from her work with people experiencing physical and mental disabilities and her interest in cultivating advocacy skills for occupational therapy. What is our ‘why’ and how can we become better advocates for our profession, our clients, and ourselves?
As an Occupational Therapy Student at Colorado State University and support staff for both children and adults, Shannon will share insights and skills that every practitioner can cultivate in order to develop and refine skills related to advocacy for our profession, the people we serve, and even for ourselves as professionals and individuals.

Come as you are!

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