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Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month with 25% off CEUs!

Each year in April, occupational therapists, assistants, and students host a month-long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy.

Happy OT Month!Occupational Therapists are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Your holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.

To show our support, we are offering a 25% discount on all of our AOTA CEU courses through April 30, 2012. Just use coupon code OTSROCK during checkout @ www.pdresources.org.

Thanks for all you do!

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Coupon valid on FUTURE orders only; cannot be applied retroactively. Expires 4/30/12.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in General

 

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Course Spotlight: Improving Communication with Your Young Clients

Improving Communication with Your Young Clients is one of our most top-rated online continuing education courses, receiving rave reviews from SLPs, OTs, social workers and psychologists.

Course Abstract:

Improving Communication with Your Young ClientsHealthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The correct use of language can increase your young clients’ self-esteem, motivate children to learn, engage their willing cooperation, defuse power struggles, and teach conflict resolution skills. With this information, you will also be better prepared to manage difficult conversations. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom and in one-on-one situations with young clients and their families. Course #30-33 | 2009 | 62 pages | 20 posttest questions

Customer Reviews:

“This course was great! I loved the examples provided for review and they highlighted the information for learning. Great for all therapists, families, medical and education supporters for our young clients.” – P.C. (SLP)

“I enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others.” R.L. (OT)

“I loved this one..my favorite so far! As a parent and professional, I will be using it immediately!” – J.S. (SLP)

“This was a very good course. I will definitely use this knowledge every day as a school-based COTA. I would highly recommend this course to fellow therapists. Actually, I wish I had taken this course before having had children of my own!” – A.B. (SLP)

“Interesting, a good way to review and think about current caseload of children.” – J.H. (SLP)

“This was by far the best course I’ve completed out of 15+. The materials were informative, clear and concise without being too vague.  Great course.” – K.L. (Social Worker)

“Best course ever! My favorite! Very informative and extremely well written. This is a course that everyone could use in teaching them effective ways to communicate with others at any level.” – L.M. (Psychologist)

“I appreciate the large number of references. Thank you!” – M.R. (SLP)

“Loved all the examples…helped to clarify.” – D.D. (SLP)

“Very good course, with pertinent learning and tools for use with clients, their parents, and teachers/other people involved in client’s care and education.” – J.A.H. (OT)

“This is an excellent course. The topic and ideas are very practical, and since they are written from a therapist viewpoint, they are very applicable to my situation (school OT). The text was straightforward and easy to read, not bogged down in endless reporting of “studies” and “research” (though this was certainly evidence based).” – K.C. (OT)

“Excellent course and reference material-will definitely improve my behavior management during tx. This course will also help me to address consultations with my students’ classroom teachers as the time available to them to understand and manage behavioral differences within the school day is small – this material carries very easy, fast and effective ways to assist these teachers within a small window of time.” – P.S. (SLP)

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify six skills for responding empathically to children’s negative feelings
2. Name ten techniques that help engage children’s cooperation
3. List six skills adults can use to avoid punishment and deliver discipline effectively
4. Identify seven techniques for encouraging children’s autonomy
5. Discriminate between evaluative praise and descriptive praise
6. Name nine temperamental traits that affect therapist/client communication

About the Author:

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, a certified Speech Pathologist, received her master’s degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She worked as a Speech Pathologist in preschools for the developmentally disabled in the New York school system before staying home full time with her family. She reentered the workforce as a Parent Educator for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau facilitating “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk,” and “Siblings Without Rivalry” workshops and presentations based on “Raising Your Spirited Child.” Adina also runs workshops based on “How to Talk so Kids can Learn: At Home and at School” for teachers and other mental health professionals. She has been featured at numerous non-profit organizations and private schools in Cleveland. Adina developed TEAM Communication Ventures and conducts parenting and teacher training via telephone nation wide. She lives with her husband and four lively children in Cleveland, Ohio.

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AAUM)
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
Ohio: Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) & State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)
 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Rhode Island OTs

Rhode Island Occupational Therapists (OTs) have an upcoming license renewal deadline of March 31, 2012.

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Over 60 online courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Occupational-Therapy/Online/CourseID/1/

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in General

 

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20% Off CE in Celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

We’ve reached a major milestone: 20 years of continuous operation as an accredited provider of continuing education! We couldn’t have done it without you.

In celebration of our anniversary, and to thank you for your support, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our CE courses through June 30, 2012.

Use coupon code 20YEARS to apply during checkout @ www.pdresources.org. Coupon valid on FUTURE orders only (cannot be applied retroactively). Expires 6/30/2012.

20% off CE Sale

A History of PDR

Professional Development Resources was incorporated on August 12, 1992 in the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Its mission was – and continues to be – to seek out the most recent scientific and clinical publications in selected professional areas of psychology, mental health, social work, nutrition, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy and to present continuing education topics of current clinical relevance to the named professions for the purpose of improving patient care.

The company’s founder, Leo Christie, PhD, is a Florida-licensed marriage and family therapist who was in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 1982 to 1992. With the intention of establishing an outlet for his interest in writing and teaching, Christie founded the new company and set out to explore the possibility of planning and delivering live educational seminars. The vice president and director of continuing education was – and still is – his wife, Dr. Catherine Christie, who is a registered dietitian.

Christie recalls the early years: “The first steps were to become credentialed by the professional boards, select and develop a topic, identify target audiences, implement a marketing plan, and arrange funding for a series of delivery sites in the State of Florida – a daunting process, to say the least. We set out to secure accreditations from some of the Florida licensing boards so that we could award official CE credit to those who attended our conferences. That process took over 8 months. I remember having some difficulty with the Florida Board of Psychology, and it required a personal appeal and some restructuring before we were eventually recognized as a CE provider. We also sought and received approval to offer CE to nurses, under the auspices of the New York Nurses Association, which was a widely accepted accrediting board at the time. In the early years, nurses represented more than 50% of our seminar attendees.

“During the summer and fall of 1993, we completed 12 six-hour seminars in 7 Florida cities. The summer seminars were titled ‘Fears, Phobia, and Panic’ and dealt with the full spectrum of anxiety disorders. In fall, we introduced a new topic ‘Compulsive Behaviors,’ which featured a study of obsessive compulsive disorder. As a startup year, 1993 generated enough revenue to make further planning and development possible for the new company.

From there, the company went on to secure provider accreditation credentials from a number of national and state boards, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) [now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]. The speaker circuit grew to the point at which there were four speakers on the road at one time presenting various topics in 46 of the 50 states.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Tennessee OTs

Tennessee OTs can earn up to 12 hours of continued competence online!

Click to view AOTA-approved online CEUs. Up to 12 hours allowed per renewal!

Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Tennessee are required to demonstrate continued competence by obtaining twenty-four (24) continued competence credits in the two (2) calendar years that precede the licensure renewal year.

Continued Competence – A dynamic, multidimensional process in which an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant develops and maintains the knowledge, performance skills, interpersonal abilities, critical reasoning skills, and ethical reasoning skills necessary to perform his or her professional responsibilities.

The due date for licensure renewal is the last day of the month in which a licensee’s birthday falls pursuant to the Division of Health Related Boards “birthdate renewal system” contained on the renewal certificate as the expiration date.

CONTINUED COMPETENCE

The Board shall require each licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant to participate in a minimum number of activities to promote continued competence for the two (2) calendar years (January 1-December 31) that precede the licensure renewal year (a.k.a. biennium).

Beginning January 1, 2008 all applicants for licensure, renewal of licensure, reactivation of licensure, or reinstatement of licensure must attest to having completed continued competence requirements for the two (2) calendar years (January 1-December 31) that precede the licensure renewal, reactivation or reinstatement year.

The requirements for continued competence activities are defined as planned learning experiences that occur for occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants. Content of the experiences must relate to a licensee’s current or anticipated roles and responsibilities in occupational therapy. Qualified learning experiences may include theoretical or practical content related to the practice of occupational therapy; research; management; or the development, administration, supervision, and teaching of clinical practice or service delivery programs in occupational therapy. The purpose of this requirement is to assist in assuring safe and effective practices in the provision of occupational therapy services to the citizens of Tennessee.

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are required to complete twenty-four (24) continued competence credits for the two (2) calendar years (January 1 – December 31) that precede the licensure renewal year.

  • Twelve (12) of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services.
  • One (1) hour of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits shall pertain to the AOTA Code of Ethics or other ethics related continued competence activities which have implications for the practice of occupational therapy.
  • One (1) hour of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits shall pertain to the occupational therapy portions of T.C.A. §§ 63-13-101, et seq., the Tennessee Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice Act, and shall pertain to Chapter 1150-02, General Rules Governing the Practice of Occupational Therapy.
  • Ten (10) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits may pertain to the licensee’s current or anticipated professional role or may be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services.

Approved Continued Competence Activity Providers:

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and AOTA approved providers
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • International Association of Continuing Education (IACET)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)
  • State occupational therapy associations
  • State occupational therapy regulatory agencies
  • Accredited colleges and universities

The Board does not pre-approve continued competence activities. It is the responsibility of the licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant to use his/her professional judgment in determining whether or not the activities are applicable and appropriate to his/her professional development and meet the standards specified in these rules.

Each licensee must retain documentation of completion of all continued competence requirements of this rule for a period of five (5) years from when the requirements were completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the Board during its verification process.

The Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy (http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/OT/) is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice occupational therapy within the state be qualified to practice. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation. Rules and regulations available: http://tennessee.gov/sos/rules/1150/1150-02.20100119.pdf

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Over 100 online and home study courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Occupational-Therapy/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Tennessee OTs may earn up to 12 hours per renewal through PDResources.org coursework.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Illinois OTs

License Renewal & CE Requirements for Illinois Occupational Therapists (OTs)

 AOTA-Approved Provider of CEUs for Illinois OTs
Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Over 100 online and home study continuing education courses for Illinois OTs are available @ http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Occupational-Therapy/AllCourses/CourseID/1/
Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Kentucky OTs

Kentucky-licensed Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) renew annually on October 31st. 12 CCUs (hours of continuing education) are required annually to renew. All 12 hours may be earned through online courses offered by an AOTA-approved provider.

AOTA-Approved Provider of CEUs

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Over 100 courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Occupational-Therapy/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy (http://bot.ky.gov/)

The purpose of the Board of Occupational Therapy is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of occupational therapy. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 319A.

A person licensed as an OT/L or an OTA/L shall annually, before October 31, pay to the board a renewal fee for the renewal of the license and file an “Annual Renewal Application.” A license not renewed before October 31 of each year shall expire.

Continuing Competence

Definitions:

  • “Continuing competence” means a dynamic, multidimensional process to develop and maintain the knowledge, skills, interpersonal abilities and critical and ethical reasoning necessary to perform occupational therapy professional responsibilities.
  • “Continuing competence unit” means an assigned unit of measure for each continuing competence activity.
  • “Contact hour” means sixty (60) minutes engaged in a learning activity, excluding meals, breaks, and registration.
  • “CCU” means continuing competence unit.

Continuing Competence Requirements:

  1. A licensee applying for license renewal shall complete a minimum of twelve (12) CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence during the preceding annual renewal period.
  2. A licensee who is issued a license for a period less than twelve (12) months shall prorate the number of CCUs to one (1) CCU for each month licensed.
  3. An applicant for reinstatement or licensure who was previously licensed by the board and whose license has been put on inactive status, revoked, or expired for three (3) years or less from the time the application is filed shall obtain twelve (12) CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence for each year in which the license has been in the status prior to receiving the license.
  4. An applicant for licensure who was previously licensed by the board and whose license has lapsed for more than three (3) years shall obtain thirty-six (36) CCUs of qualified activities for maintaining continuing competence.

Qualified Activities for Maintaining Continuing Competence:

The following activities qualify for the continuing competence requirements of this administrative regulation:

  • Continuing education courses. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for each contact hour in continuing education courses including workshops, seminars, conferences, electronic courses, or self-study courses. Documentation for this activity shall include a certificate of completion or similar documentation including:
  1. Name of course, date, and the author or instructor;
  2. Name of sponsoring organization and the location of the course; and
  3. The number of contact hours attended.
  • Employer provided in-service training. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for each contact hour of in-service training provided to the licensee by the licensee’s employer. No more than six (6) CCUs of employer-provided training may be counted towards the total number of required CCUs.
  • Academic coursework. Participation in on-site or distance learning academic courses from a university, college, or vocational technical adult education course related to the practice of occupational therapy shall be counted towards the requirements of this administrative regulation. A licensee may earn six (6) CCUs per credit hour.
  • Independent study. Independent study may include reading books, journal articles, reviewing videos, and activities of a similar nature. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for one (1) contact hour spent in an independent study activity. No more than six (6) CCUs from this category shall be counted toward the total.
  • Mentorship. Credit may be earned by each participant in a formalized mentorship agreement defined by a signed contract between the mentor and mentee that outlines specific goals and objectives and designates the plan of activities for the participants. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for five (5) contact hours spent in activities directly related to achievement of goals and objectives under a mentorship agreement.
  • Fieldwork supervision. Credit may be earned by participation as the primary clinical fieldwork educator for an OT or OTA fieldwork student. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU per forty (40) hours of supervision for each fieldwork student supervised.
  • Professional writing. Credit may be earned by the publication of a book, chapter, or article. Documentation for this activity shall consist of full reference for publication including, title, author, editor, and date of publication; or copy of acceptance letter if not yet published.
  • Professional presentations and instruction. Credit may be earned by the presentation of academic guest lectures, state or national workshops or conferences, and employer-provided in-service training for OT/Ls or OTA/Ls. A licensee may earn two (2) CCUs for each hour of credit that is awarded for an activity. Documentation for this activity shall include a copy of official program, schedule, or syllabus including presentation title, date, hours of presentation, and type of audience or verification of that signed by the sponsor.
  • Research. Credit may be earned for the development of or participation in extensive scholarly research activities or extensive outcome studies. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for one contact hour spent working on a research project. Documentation for this activity shall include verification from the primary investigator indicating the name of research project, dates of participation, major hypotheses or objectives of the project, and licensee’s role in the project.
  • Grants. Credit may be earned for the development of a grant proposal. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for one contact hour spent working on a grant proposal. Documentation for this activity shall include name of grant proposal, name of grant source, purpose and objectives of the project, and verification from the grant author regarding licensee’s role in the development of the grant if not the author.
  • Professional meetings and activities. Participation in board or committee work with agencies or organizations in professionally related areas to promote and enhance the practice of occupational therapy may be counted toward the requirements of this administrative regulation. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for five (5) contact hours on a committee or board. No more than six (6) CCUs from this category shall be counted toward the total.
  • Specialty certifications. The board shall recognize completion of activities that result in an advanced competence credential or specialty certification earned or recertified during the current renewal period. A licensee may earn up to twelve (12) CCUs for each advanced competence recognition or specialty certification credential earned or recertified during a renewal period.
  • Continuing competence plan. A licensee may earn two (2) CCUs for completion of activities related to the development and implementation of a continuing competence plan for professional development. Documentation for this activity shall include a signed document by the licensee attesting to the fact that he or she has used a formal assessment process which included the establishment of professional development goals and objectives and a portfolio approach to organize and document continuing competence activities related to the licensee’s plan.
  • Volunteer services. Credit may be earned by participation in volunteer services performed for organizations, populations, or individuals if the services maintain or enhance the licensee’s competence in professional skills in the practice of occupational therapy. A licensee may earn one (1) CCU for each five (5) contact hours. Documentation for this activity shall include verification letter from organizations and report of outcomes of services provided. No more than six (6) CCUs from this category shall be counted toward the total.

Approval of Courses for Continuing Education Credit:

A continuing education course shall be current in subject matter and relevant to the practice of occupational therapy. A continuing education course shall qualify for credit under this administrative regulation if it is approved by one of the following methods:

  • A recognized national, state, or local occupational therapy association;
  • An accredited health care organization or facility; or
  • An accredited college or university.

Documentation and Reporting Procedures:

  1. A licensee shall maintain the required proof of completion for each continuing competence activity as specified in these administrative regulations.
  2. The required documentation shall be retained by the licensee for a minimum of one (1) year following the last day of the license renewal period for which the continuing competence activities were earned.
  3. A licensee shall not send his or her continuing competence activity documentation to the board unless audited or otherwise requested by the board.

Audit of Continuing Competence Activities:

  1. The board shall perform a random audit of up to ten (10) percent of all licensees who shall be required by the board to furnish documentation of the completion of the appropriate number of continuing education hours for the current renewal period.
  2. A licensee who is audited shall respond to the audit within sixty (60) days of the date of the request.
  3. A licensee who fails to comply with the continuing competence activity requirements of this administrative regulation may be subject to disciplinary action that may include suspension or revocation of license.

Other Provisions:

  1. A licensee may not carry over continuing competence activity CCUs from one (1) licensure period to the next.
  2. A licensee may not receive credit for completing the same continuing competence activity more than once.
 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in General

 

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