We are excited to present our season finale, featuring 3 separate guest speakers, each sharing their work to create a more diverse OT workforce. Arameh Anvarizadeh discusses the work being done by the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity; Jonette Ishmael shares her experience implementing an outreach and mentorship program within her OT program; and Arielle Villanueva shares her experience supporting international students in an OT program.
Jess and Natalie talk with Lynn Chatfield, Mary Beth Bisinger, and Danielle Norris about ways to incorporate occupation in occupational therapy for older adults with dementia. We discuss the dementia process, assessment approaches, and client-centered interventions appropriate for different levels of function.
Jess and Natalie talk with Kathryn Ellis about OT's role in promoting participation following sexual trauma.
Jess and Natalie talk with Julie Schaefer and Enjoli Washington about gender dysphoria, more commonly known as being transgender. We discuss termonology, considerations for clinical practice, and resources for learning more.
Jess and Natalie talk with Bobbi Pindea about a new neonatal certification provided through the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board. We discuss the specifics of the exam, prerequisites, and tips for taking the exam.
Jess and Natalie talk Julie Jones about a new intervention, Family-Guided Routines, for families in early intervention services. We discuss how this approach fits in with early intervention services, and how OT's can use this approach to ensure positive changes.
Jess and Natalie talk with Tracy Jalaba, Lindsey Reeves, Rebecca Cunningham, and Samantha Valasek about the role of occupational therapy in teaching the skills of self-advocacy and assertive communication.
Jess and Natalie talk with Samia Rafeedie about eprofessionalism in occupational therapy. We discuss ways to maintain professionalism in social media and other online interactions with clients and colleagues.
Natalie and Jess talk with Mara Podvey and Lee Ann Kern about OT's role in maternal health. We discuss some of the common mental health challenges faced by new mothers, and how to ask about and assess these challenges. We also discuss intervention approaches and coping strategies to help mothers through this major change in occupational balance.
Jess and Natalie talk with Sheena Navidi and Brittany Robertson about OT's role in managing sleep and delirium in the ICU. We discuss the relationship between sleep and delirium, and the influence of these factors on ICU outcomes.