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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.

When: September 17, 2020
Where: online
United States
Contact: Amy Gerney

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This is the registration for the 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

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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   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

The Impact of Intention: Meaningful Purpose for Ourselves and Our Clients through the Use of Yoga

How many mornings do you wake up and just… go? And go… and go? From the time your alarm sounds to the moment you settle back into bed at night, how many times are you able to check in with yourself, even fleetingly? Beyond your to-do lists, scheduled meetings, and appointments, how do you decide how you will approach each day? We may not always be able to control the “whats” and “whens” in our lives- in fact, this year has been a shocking reminder that there is so much we cannot plan for and that is seemingly out of our control- but we can begin to reframe the way we enter moments, thereby shaping the perception and then reality of those moments. We can control the “hows” to our living, but we often forget this in our rush to do. so. much. It may seem counterintuitive at times, but taking one beat to set your intention for the day, or even just how you’ll approach your next session, the waiting at the grocery store, the hasty drivers on your commute, your mother-in-law’s inevitable nagging, and so forth, can truly change the trajectory of these moments, simply by deciding on your how.

Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to…

1.     Define intention-setting and describe its purpose and impact in the daily lives of OT practitioners

2.     Describe two yogic techniques that help build mindfulness and intentionality

3.     Explain the benefits of explicit and collaborative intention-setting with clients and how it can enhance the practitioner-client experience and overall goal attainment

4.     Conceptualize one way to build intentionality into his/her/their personal life and one way to integrate it into his/he/their professional practice

Join Kristina Toussaint, MS, OTR/L, RYT 200hr, owner and operator of Rise Therapy & Wellness, LLC as she leads you through this simple yet powerful process of intention-setting. Starting small, within the limits of your yoga mat, we will work through a short all-levels physical practice followed by a sampling of techniques and a brief discussion of the research supporting intention-setting and how yoga is one vehicle through which we can work on it. We will spend time exploring how the absence of this intentionality manifests not only in our personal lives, but professionally as OT practitioners and on a global scale, as well, spending time examining current social repercussions. Time will be spent exploring how we are distinctly equipped to incorporate this intentionality with our clients and the positive outcomes research shows it brings. No experience in yoga, mindfulness, or intentional living required! Come with an open heart and mind and leave with perspective, new tools, and a sense of empowerment that will continue to grow beyond the session.

Speaker Bio:Kristina Toussaint is a licensed and certified occupational therapist (OT), RYT® 200 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, a Pennsylvania certified elementary school teacher, and a dance fitness instructor.  She earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University (2015) and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Childhood Education from Temple University (2013). She has experience working in a variety of settings including telehealth, public and specialized schools, acute care, adult mental health, outpatient pediatrics, and community-based programs and events.

Kristina has worked as an adjunct professor at Misericordia University, served as a Conference Chair of the 2017 POTA Annual Conference, was awarded POTA’s OT Student Award of Recognition in 2015, and has served as the Sensory Specialist and consultant to a number of inclusive theater series in Northeastern PA.

Kristina is passionate about intentional living, wellbeing, and emotional regulation in her own life and the lives of all of her clients. She began practicing yoga as a tool to help her find and maintain balance in her own life, which led her to complete her 8-month 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2019. This training has helped Kristina find even deeper meaning in her work and has enriched her OT skills, both roles intertwining and informing each other in endless ways.

Over the past year, Kristina has taught yoga regularly at numerous studios and gyms for adults, after-school public programs for children, preschools, private lessons, and events. In April 2020, despite the challenges and stressors of the pandemic, Kristina completed a longtime goal of opening her own OT and wellness business, Rise Therapy & Wellness, LLC. Kristina’s vision was always to run her business remotely, allowing clients and yoga students to access her no matter their geographic location, but the pandemic has made this vision even more relevant and important. Kristina plans to continue growing Rise while maintaining balance in her own life in to continue living life to the fullest! Kristina recently moved to Southwestern Florida seeking sunlight and beach days with her two dogs Jasmine and Sammy, while maintaining her business, now with a sandier backdrop!

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


Past Events:

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.

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.


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 Dr. Bradshaw 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

Dean of the School of Human and Health Professions





Mindful Play:

As occupational therapy practitioners, we understand the value of play but what would play look like if it was co-mingled with mindfulness? In this session, Dr. Humbert will present the current descriptions of play and leisure as outlined in the OTPF and then will broaden those constructs by incorporating mindful practices and techniques. Through personal examples, and narratives from others, she will propose ways in which to facilitate greater intuition into our daily lives and will challenge us to consider a new way of being.


Objectives:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

        1. Define mindful play.Articulate how mindful play is situated within the larger construct of contemporary mindfulness.
        2. Describe three aspects of mindful play and strategies to engage mindful play.
        3. Describe how mindful play fits into the practice of occupational therapy.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tamera Keiter Humbert is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Program Director at Elizabethtown College. She also holds the role of Dean of the School of Human and Health Professions at the college. Dr. Humbert has published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the Annals of International Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. Her research has included women overcoming violence, international practice, spirituality, and therapeutic use of self. She authored Spirituality in Occupational Therapy: A Model for Practice and Research through AOTA Press. In her spare time she finds meaning and play through gardening, and refurbishing and decorating houses. 



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