The occupational therapy profession has long thought itself as being strength-based. But are we? How do we increase our focus on building on people’s strengths without focusing just on their deficits. This is part of the Continued Learning Podcast series.
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Course created on November 18, 2022
Course Type: Audio, Text
CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.1 Intermediate, Foundational Knowledge, 05878; CE Broker/1.0 General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), Related To OT (AZ), Related To OT (LA), Directly Related To OT (MS), Directly Related To OT (TN), CE Broker #20-968650; IACET/0.1; NBCOT PDUs/1.25 Intermediate, Rehabilitation
- After this course, participants will be able to differentiate between strengths-based and impairment-based practice.
- After this course, participants will be able to compare and contrast how systems (schools, reimbursement, etc.) are designed to hinder or help occupational therapy practitioners focus on impairments – and what to do about it.
- After this course, participants will be able to analyze one’s own occupational therapy practice and how incremental changes can lead to a strength’s-based approach.
|5-20 Minutes||Strengths-based and Impairment-based Practice|
|20-35 Minutes||How Systems Are Designed to Hinder or Help OTPs Focus on Impairments|
|35-55 Minutes||How Incremental Changes Can Lead to a Strength’s-Based Approach|
PhD OT/L, FAOTA
Kristie Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, is Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at NYU Steinhardt and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Patten’s research focuses on utilizing a strength-based paradigm, in partnership with stakeholders, to understand the impact of our biases and practices on quality of life and well-being with a focus on interventions in inclusive settings. Dr. Patten has received over $20 million dollars in external funding for her research and programs.
Dr. Patten is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for children and adolescents with autism in the New York City Department of Education, the largest inclusion program in the country, grounded in strength-based practices. She is Co-PI of an NSF grant entitled, “Developing Abilities and Knowledge for Careers in Design and Engineering for Students on the Autism Spectrum by Scaling Up Making Experiences” which is an expansion of an earlier NSF grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum".
These projects leverage strengths and interests of 5th through 12th grade students on the spectrum to develop social competence and potential career pathways. Dr. Patten has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of public school inclusion models and viewing autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model. She was awarded the 2022 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship by the American Occupational Therapy Association, the highest academic award in the profession, for her work entitled "Finding our Strengths: Recognizing our Professional Bias and Interrogating Systems".
MS, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Dennis Cleary has over 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist. Dennis’ clinical practice has been primarily with children and adults with intellectual disabilities to encourage their full participation in all aspects of life at home, work, and in the community. He has had faculty positions at The Ohio State University and Indiana University. As a researcher, he has been on teams that have received over seven million dollars in grants from state and federal agencies, including a National Institutes of Health multisite trial of the Vocational Fit Assessment, an age-appropriate transition assessment, which he co-created. He has numerous publications and national and international presentations. Dennis is passionate about increasing the role of Occupational Therapy in transition-age service with the goal of improving outcomes and quality of life for all.
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