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POTPAC is delighted to offer a new OT Support Group called Namaste, Sharing Occupational Support. 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. Monthly Zoom sessions will occur on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm EST, beginning June 18, 2020.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/16/2020
When: July 16, 2020
7:00pm
Where: online
United States
Contact: Amy Gerney
570-974-8888


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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

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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

 

Join me in exploring ideas and practices that influence the way we show up for our OT students and clients.  What does it mean to be a healer in this day and age? How do these times we are living in create space for OTs to embrace our inner healers?

 

Discover opportunities for including healing practices in OT education and practice. Develop knowledge about complementary health approaches that enhance health and wellness for many. Explore ways of harnessing your inner knowing. Consider ways to enhance your own self-care practices. Enjoy the process.

 

Objectives:

 

Attendees will be able to:

 

   Explore personal definitions of “healer”

   Define and give examples of “complementary health approaches” and “integrative health”

   Describe opportunities for including healing practices in OT education and practice

   Consider next steps to enhance self-care practices

 

Speaker Bio:

 

Dr. Michelle Bradshaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Chair of Graduate Studies at Ithaca College. Her training as an occupational therapist, chiropractor, and energy healer is the basis for her interest in integrative health. Michelle’s primary area of scholarly inquiry is the inclusion of complementary health approaches and integrative health in occupational therapy education, most recently exploring its impact on student perspectives on health and healthcare. Michelle authored the AOTA’s current position paper on Complementary Health Approaches and Integrative Health and Occupational Therapy, which offers guidelines for integrative OT practice. Michelle now finds herself journeying into spaces where occupational therapy meets diverse health practices.

 


 

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

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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.

 

 

Objectives:

 

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.

 

Speaker Bio:

 

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.


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