Holistic Practices Across The Lifespan

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Guide your clients to harness the power of the 

Mind, Body and Spirit

to achieve their occupational goals in life.

The OT Well-Being Summit empowers occupational therapists around the globe to have confidence with holistic health and wellness skills for their OT practice.

We bring together 11 occupational therapists who share strategies and tools that you can use in your occupational therapy sessions today with the confidence (and evidence) to use them.

We know first-hand the second-guessing that goes on when considering to incorporate holistic and integrative health practices into occupational therapy work.

Is it within OT scope of practice? Yes! 

Is there research to back up my holistic practices? Yes! 

Is it still considered occupational therapy if I am integrating holistic modalities? Yes! 

What’s even possible? We’ll show you how. 

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The OT Well-Being Summit brings together occupational therapy leaders who have been weaving holistic practices into their work for years.

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Emmy Vadnais

Achieve Your Dreams with Intuitive Development, Meditation and Guided Imagery

Kim-Barthel
Kim Barthel

Trauma Informed Practices for Occupational Therapists

Rhiannon Crispe
Rhiannon Crispe

Nutrition and Healthy Eating: A Universal Occupation

Mandy Lubas
Mandy Lubas

Breathwork in Every Day Activities

Dan
Dan Eisner

Mindfulness: Powerful Exercises and Practical Tools For Your Everyday OT Toolbox

Ana Hernando
Ana Hernando

OT Coaching and Motivational Interviewing

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Deanna Waggy

Acupressure and OT: The Power of Touch to Heal

Theresa Tovey
Theresa Tovey

Yoga in Occupational Therapy: A Holistic System for Health and Wellness

Becky
Rebecca Austill-Clausen

Embracing Reiki and Energy Healing Within Our OT Sessions

Sheela Ivlev
Sheela Ivlev

Embracing Diversity, Appreciating Culture, and Validating The Humanity in All of Us

Bronwyn Paynter
Bronwyn Paynter

The Benefits of Nature Through An Occupational Lens and How To Incorporate It Into Your Work

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Continuing Education Certificate

The OT Well-Being Summit offers 12 hours of professional development. A personalized certificate will be issued upon completion which may count towards your continuing education.

*Please verify with your country’s professional association to ensure this type of learning counts towards your continuing education, as requirements vary from country to country.

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Upskill your holistic occupational therapy practice and upgrade your confidence and competence today!

It all starts on the 29th April 2021

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Emmy

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Health Coach, teacher, consultant, and writer.

She provides holistic and integrative healthcare and intuitive development education to healthcare practitioners and organizations.

She is the founder of the Holistic OT Community and is in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her at EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org. 

Meet your hosts
Rhiannon Crispe

Rhiannon Crispe is an occupational therapist, personal trainer, pediatric private practice owner and the founder of The OT Lifestyle Movement.

She is passionate about supporting occupational therapists to pursue meaning in their lives by weaving their passion into their work.

Rhiannon is the host of The OT Lifestyle Movement podcast where she interviews inspiring OT’s from around the globe who are following the thread of their curiosity and doing things differently. 

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EMMY VADNAIS

Achieve Your Dreams with Intuitive Development, Meditation and Guided Imagery

Emmy Vadnais is an Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Health Coach, teacher, consultant, and writer. Emmy provides holistic and integrative healthcare and intuitive development education to healthcare practitioners and organizations. She is the author of “Intuitive Development: How to Trust Your Inner Knowing for Guidance with Relationships, Health, and Spirituality.” She is the founder of the Holistic OT Community and is in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what intuition is and how it can enhance OT practice 
  • Identify three benefits of meditation for the mind-body-spirit 
  • Describe the relaxation response and how it can improve health and wellness 
  • Identify how intuition can improve the health of the mind-body-spirit connection 
  • Describe how intuition, meditation, and guided imagery can improve occupational outcomes with efficacy-based research 
  • Identify how intuition, meditation, and guided imagery may assist with emotional regulation for anxiety, depression and symptoms of PTSD 
  • Identify how intuition, meditation, and guided imagery may lower physical pain and improve activities of daily living 
  • Describe how meditation may improve neurological changes in the brain that can improve executive function, focus, attention, learning, and memory 

KIM BARTHEL

Trauma Informed Practices for Occupational Therapists

Kim Barthel is an award-winning occupational therapist, trans-disciplinary teacher and best-selling author who is actively supporting function and healing in many cultures. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship, Kim’s passionate interests include complex behaviour, attachment, sensory processing, trauma-informed practice, learning and mental health. Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe developmental, complex and collective trauma 
  • Describe what happens to the brain and nervous system when someone experiences trauma 
  • Describe trauma informed practice 
  • Describe occupational therapy’s unique approach to trauma 
  • Describe how to support a person to feel safe in their body 
  • Describe body cues that may inform how a person is feeling 
  • Describe trauma informed intervention approaches 
Rhiannon Crispe

RHIANNON CRISPE

Nutrition and Healthy Eating: A Universal Occupation

Rhiannon Crispe is an occupational therapist, personal trainer, pediatric private practice owner and the founder of The OT Lifestyle Movement. The OT Lifestyle Movement empowers occupational therapists to evolve into the OT they dream of becoming, grow the confidence to do so and the know-how to make it happen. Rhiannon is passionate about supporting occupational therapists to pursue meaning in their lives by weaving their passion into their work. Rhiannon hosted the OT Telehealth Summit in 2020 to support occupational therapists to thrive in the online space. She is the host of The OT Lifestyle Movement podcast where she interviews inspiring OT’s from around the globe who are following the thread of their curiosity and doing things differently. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe how the occupation of healthy eating can be addressed as a means or an end in therapy 
  • Describe what is within scope of practice and what is not 
  • Describe which client groups occupational therapists can work with when addressing healthy eating habits 
  • Demonstrate how to assess eating habits 
  • Demonstrate healthy eating intervention approaches 

MANDY LUBAS

Breathwork in Every Day Activities

Mandy is a Holistic Occupational Therapist who is graduate of Quinnipiac University in 2001. She has been in the field of medicine since 2001 working with people of all ages. She is certified in Sensory Integration, trained in Craniosacral Therapy, a Registered Yoga Therapist and graduate of Kerala Academy as an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner. Her certification as a Panchakarma Technician allows her to provide 5 therapeutic Ayurvedic manual therapies for specific pathologies, for the reduction of pain, for overall stress reduction, and to manage orthopedic injuries for any given athlete. Mandy is the co-owner of Holistic Therapies 4Life and works as a Holistic Occupational Therapist. In addition, she is a mentor and educator for occupational therapy students and professors in holistic therapies. She also teaches yoga, co-teaches workshops, and assists in building community of conscious living. She has presented at conferences for MAOT, AOTA and at local colleges throughout the Boston area to educate practitioners, students, teachers, and colleagues on her passion of merging Yoga and Ayurveda into the medical community. She has been published in OTAdvance Magazine where she writes about her personal experiences in her own healing journey and the work she provides with her clients using these holistic approaches. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what breath work is and how it enhances occupational performance and well-being 
  • Describe the science behind breathwork 
  • Demonstrate 5 different breathwork techniques 
  • Describe any contraindications to using breathwork in practice 
  • Identify researched benefits of breathwork 

DAN EISNER

Mindfulness: Powerful Exercises and Practical Tools For Your Everyday OT Toolbox

Dan is a psychiatric occupational therapist and certified personal coach with over 21 years of experience. Dan is the founder of Dan Eisner Consulting. He offers a unique blend of services that combines elements of therapy, personal coaching, and practical spirituality. He is the author of two books: The Clinical Success Formula and Mindful Healthcare. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what mindfulness is and how it can enhance occupational performance and well-being 
  • Describe how to support clients to focus attention in daily activities 
  • Demonstrate three mindfulness approaches that can be incorporated into occupational therapy sessions 
  • Identify 3 resources for furthering knowledge in mindfulness practices 

ANA HERNANDO

OT Coaching and Motivational Interviewing

Ana Hernando OTR, MOT, MBA, is passionate about complimentary and integrative medicine and is a National Board-Certified Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience across treatment settings. She holds several specialty certifications including Sensory Specialist, Level III Reiki provider, Self-Talk Speaker and Trainer, Life Coach and Chair Yoga for Seniors provider. Ana focuses on empowering people to reclaim their health from the inside out. She is the creator of the 12 Steps to Wellness© program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s of Business Administration and is currently a doctoral student in Performance Psychology. She has conducted continuing education seminars for several years and has been a guest speaker for The Rehab Summit, TPTA, American Airlines Professional Women in Aviation, Texas Autism Conference, MOPS International, Mothers of Multiples and The Lions Club International. Ana’s enthusiasm and passion for putting quality information into the hands of those curious for it makes her a favorite among professionals and lay people alike. Ana currently owns and operates her private coaching practice, Holistic Solutions focusing on wellness and health promotion. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe coaching and motivational interviewing, and the difference between them 
  • Demonstrate up to five types of open-ended questions that can be asked throughout the coaching process 
  • Describe useful outcome measures that can be used for coaching 
  • Explain the Transtheoretical Model of Change and how it applies to occupational therapy clients 
  • Identify research and models that support an occupational therapy coaching approach 

DEANNA WAGGY

Acupressure and OT: The Power of Touch to Heal

Deanna Waggy, OTR, MSA is passionate about whole-being health. Deanna integrates 35+ years of experience as a holistic occupational therapist, a spiritual director and multiple certifications in Zero Balancing (ZB), Clinical Acupressure, Process Acupressure and advanced Soul Lightening Acupressure. Deanna currently has a private wellness practice in South Bend, Indiana serving infants to adults. She also consults with holistic practitioners for clinical skills development, spiritual guidance and professional growth, including individualized Zoom trainings for practitioners learning how to teach via livestream webinars. Deanna teaches Clinical Acupressure 1 and Process Acupressure 1a classes as part of a 50 hour Foundation Certificate program for Soul Lightening International. She also teaches Seva Stress Release Acupressure and the Good Points Self Care Acupressure series via Livestream webinars. She looks forward to completing her Zero Balancing teacher training in early 2022. 

Deanna collected and co-edited a book of 90 Soul Lightening Acupressure case studies entitled Empowering Whole-Being Health (2018). She participated in an acupressure research project which was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2019 entitled Beyond Pills: Acupressure Impact on Self-Rated Pain and Anxiety Scores E Monson, D Waggy, et al. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. May 2019.517-521. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what acupressure is and how it can enhance OT practice 
  • Demonstrate acupressure approaches that can improve OT practice 
  • Identify research study that supports the benefits of acupressure 
  • Understand the interface of physical touch and energy that can improve health and wellness 
  • Experience the benefits of acupressure for self-care that improve the therapeutic use of self 
  • Identify how acupressure may assist with emotional regulation, lower stress, and physical and emotional pain 
  • Identify how acupressure may improve health and wellness and occupational outcomes 

THERESA TOVEY

Yoga in Occupational Therapy: A Holistic System for Health and Wellness

Theresa (Terry) Tovey, MOTR/L is an occupational therapist who uses children’s yoga as a therapeutic modality extensively in her work as a public school OT. Embedding the student’s OT goals into what she calls sensory-motor yoga has allowed Terry to work holistically addressing the development of the Whole Child. Breathing, relaxation, and meditation practices are an integral part of children’s yoga. These practices provide students with valuable tools they can use both in and out of school. In 2015, Terry became a lead trainer for Radiant Child Yoga. To further expand her skills, Terry is pursuing her IAYT certification through the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy School. To learn more about Terry and her work go to www.lightinyouyoga.com. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what yoga is and how it can enhance OT practice 
  • Demonstrate yoga approaches that can enhance OT practice 
  • Describe the 8 limbs of yoga and how they can improve occupational outcomes 
  • Identify five researched benefits of yoga to improve health and wellness and activities of daily living 
  • Identify how yoga can improve pain tolerance, increase range of motion and mobility, and improve muscle strength 
  • Identify how to look at your client’s health history for the appropriate use of yoga in occupational therapy 
  • Identify best guidelines for using yoga with clients and your own self-care 

REBECCA AUSTILL-CLAUSEN

Embracing Reiki and Energy Healing Within Our OT Sessions

Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has been practicing Reiki for 25 years. She is a Reiki Master, award-winning author of the book Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life, entrepreneur, and Fellow of the American OT Association. She trains OT practitioners, educators, and students how to use Reiki as part of our occupation-based practice both in person and online. Rebecca has presented certificate provided Reiki courses at the AOTA Annual Conference for 5 years along with teaching Reiki at numerous universities. Her widely acclaimed Reiki Immersion Online program is taught each spring. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe what Reiki and energy healing is and how it can enhance health and wellness

  • Demonstrate one Reiki approach that can enhance OT practice

  • Describe how Reiki may improve yourself, clients, family, friends, colleagues and even animals and plants

  • Identify research that demonstrates the effectiveness of Reiki

  • Identify how Reiki activates energy in a special attunement process that jump starts the use of our own healing abilities

  • Identify how Reiki may assist with conditions, such as; migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, stress and anxiety, and Parkinson’s

  • Identify how Reiki has been shown in research to reduce pain, nausea, anxiety, appetite, tiredness, depression and shortness of breath

SHEELA IVLEV

Embracing Diversity, Appreciating Culture, and Validating The Humanity in All of Us

Sheela Ivlev is an occupational therapist specializing in wellness and mental health. She has worked for top San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, San José State University as a clinical educator and is currently running a wellness-based virtual practice. She is committed to removing the barriers to care that keep people from accessing health and wellness services. Sheela currently serves on San Francisco’s Alternatives to Policing Steering Committee and multiple DEI committees that represent California occupational therapists. She also founded the BIPOC OT Practitioners Group and the BIPOC OT Directory of Providers. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe why diversity is important in occupational therapy practice 
  • Describe three ways you can enhance diversity in OT practice 
  • Demonstrate one approach of how to engage in discussions about appreciating culture and enhancing the humanity in all of us 

BRONWYN PAYNTER

The Benefits of Nature Through An Occupational Lens and How To Incorporate It Into Your Work

Bronwyn is an Occupational Therapist, Forest & Nature Therapy Guide & Mentor, Permaculture Designer and Speaker. 

I help occupational therapists internationally create nature-based programs, services and businesses using The NatureOT Method, from my nature connected home in South Australia. I have worked as an occupational therapist since 1993, predominantly in the employment sector with the ‘well population’ creating healthy, safe and engaging work through managing work health safety, workplace injury and employee wellbeing programs. I am a health professional who has never worked in the health/illness system! 

Fuelled by a desire to spend more time outside, and a search for a greater sense of purpose and meaning, I studied Permaculture Design and Forest & Nature Therapy guiding. I combine these practices with wellbeing focused occupational therapy in an approach to program design that supports the wellbeing of therapists, communities AND the planet. 

I am passionate about creating a community of practice for nature loving OTs to ‘find their tribe’ and nurture an international on-line community of over 1,700 OTs from all over the planet in the ‘Nature OTs – connect and grow’ group. I am dedicated to helping OTs create personally and financially viable ways to partner with nature in their businesses and I’m growing a niche community of OT business owners in the ‘NatureOT Entrepreneurs’ group. 

You will learn: 

  • Describe the different ways to work in nature in a 1:1 setting, group setting and with organisations 
  • Describe the benefits of nature through an occupational lens 
  • Describe how to create therapeutic healing spaces that foster restoration 
  • Describe a useful outcome measure for when working in nature 
  • Describe how to bring elements of nature inside