This is the registration for the February 18, 2021- Loving Yourself
(further description below)
POTPAC is delighted to offer a new OT Support Group called Namaste, Sharing Occupational Support. Monthly Zoom sessions will occur on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm EST, beginning June 18, 2020.
Namaste is being co-led by Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA and Dr. Ann Stuart, OTD, Clinical Assistant Professor at Duquesne University. Each session begins with a short sound healing meditation by Becky Austill-Clausen followed by a 45 minute presentation by guest speakers from the OT holistic arena. A 30 minute discussion, support, and questions/answers session will then be led by Ann Stuart. The meeting will close with a meditative experience provided by Becky Austill-Clausen or the guest speaker.
Registration is through the POTA website and is free for POTA members with a $10.00 donation per session for non-members. POTPAC, the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Political Advocacy Committee will receive 100% of the registration fees and donations.
Mission of Namaste:OT’s helping OT’s. Sharing occupational strategies and social and emotional support on a monthly basis. OT guest speakers will broaden our holistic OT horizons and enlighten our spirit. Open to all OT practitioners, faculty, and students.
Namaste Upcoming Schedule, 7-8:30 pm:
o July 16, 2020 -OT Educators and Practitioners as Healers
Presented by Dr. Michelle Bradshaw, D.C., OTR/L
Author of AOTA’s Occupational Therapy and Complementary Health Approaches and Integrative Health current position paper
Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Program, Ithaca College
o August 20, 2020 - Mindful Play: A New Twist on an Old Idea
Presented by Dr. Tamera Keiter Humbert, D.Ed., OTR/L
Chair and Program Director, Elizabethtown College, Department of OT
o September 17, 2020- The Impact of Intention: Meaningful Purpose for Ourselves and Our Clients Through the Use of Yoga
Presented by Kristina Toussaint, MS, OTR/L, RYT
Owner and Operator Rise Therapy & Wellness, LLC
o October 15, 2020- Reassurance and Resilience
Presented by: Dr. Shari Novalis, Ph.D., OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Chatham University
o November 19, 2020- Intuition and our Soul’s Wisdom
Presented by Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB
Owner Holistic OT, Occupational Therapy with Complementary and Integrative Health
o December 16, 2020- Gifts for Your Soul
o January 21, 2021- New Beginnings
o February 18, 2021- Loving Yourself
o June 18, 2020 - Forest Bathing: Connecting Your Soul with Nature
Presented by Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
President, Complementary Health Work
Forest Bathing is a wonderful way to connect with ourselves and natures’ healing bounties especially during the summer months. Japanese physicians have begun writing prescriptions for forest bathing to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and achieve a state of well-being. Learn how to implement forest bathing techniques in your local region. Connect with nature in a spiritual and mindful manner.
Discover how to implement your own forest bathing routine. Come to our Namaste session and experience musical magic while listening to sounds of forest beauty. Explore how trees communicate with each other. Relax and broaden your awareness about the cooperative interconnected web of forest life.
Attendees will be able to:
1. Implement OT self-care activities to reduce anxiety and increase a sense of well-being when engaging with nature’s healing energy.
2. Discover how to relax, meditate, and use our bodies internal resources to achieve clarity, wisdom, and guidance.
3. Interpret our physical and emotional need to de-stress while actively navigating in nature’s calming presence.
4. Learn how to participate in purposeful and meaningful forest bathing experiences that enhance spiritual awareness.
Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA is delighted to co-lead the new OT holistic support group Namaste, Sharing Occupational Support with Dr. Ann Stuart, OTD, OTR/L. Becky is thrilled to be the kick-off initial speaker for Namaste talking about the relaxing benefits of Forest Bathing. She has taught certificate provided Reiki Level I and Level II one day workshops at each AOTA Annual Conference since 2015 and also at multiple universities and state OT conferences nationwide. Becky virtually presented “Overcoming Chaos: Staying Positive in a World of Dis-Ease” recently for POTA and was then asked to share this “feel good” presentation as a speaker for the AOTA COVID-19 Series. Becky LOVES being an OT for 43 years, has founded multiple private practices, and is the award-winning author of Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life.