OTTP Open House on June 12

The Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) is hosting an open house on Tuesday, June 12th from 6:00–8:00 pm. Please join us to  celebrate thirteen years of successful programming in San Francisco to youth facing significant challenges.

The event will be held at the Thrive House, a beautiful Edwardian home that offers a safe haven for youth. The Thrive House is located at 1100 Broderick Street, San Francisco, 94115. Enjoy an appetizer as you chat with OTTP staff, community supporters, and alumni youth, and consider joining our advisory committee!

Please RSVP to Colleen Devine, MS, OTR/L, OTTP-SF Director, at gro.fs-pttonull@enived.neelloc or call (415) 551-0975.

Open Steeting Committee Meeting – 4/28/2012 – Cibo Restaurant

Open Steering Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 28, 2012
12 Noon – 2:00 PM


Cibo Restaurant
3398 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 [get directions]


Round table check-in and updates; sharing of clinical issues and concerns; updates on sensory modulation in attendees’ facilities, networking.

RSVP to Lynna Kaplan at moc.liamgnull@pakannyl to receive a copy of the full agenda prior to the meeting.

Spring Friday Forum 2012: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills and Occupational Therapy – A Natural Fit

Spring Friday Forum

POTAC and San José State University present:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills and Occupational Therapy – A Natural Fit

with Cathy Adams, MS, OTR/L & Kathy Overstreet, OTR/L

Friday, May 4, 2012
12 Noon – 4:30 PM


San José State University
Central Classroom Building (CCB), Rm. 115 Continue reading

Suicide, the Silent Epidemic

Suicide, the Silent Epidemic

A Clinical Focus on Students, Military and LGBT Youth

Featuring nationally recognized speakers Lisa Firestone, PhD, Janet Kemp, RN, PhD, and Caitlin Ryan, PhD.

Friday, March 9, 2012
9 AM to 4:30 PM

Coconut Grove Grand Ballroom
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, CA

Registration fee: $60 (before 2/15/12), $75 after that date.

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Winter Friday Forum – The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

Winter Friday Forum

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

by Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L and Marisa Moore, MS, OTR/L

Presented by POTAC and San Francisco General Hospital

Friday, March 2, 2012
2:00 – 5:00 PM

San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Rms. 7M30A/B, San Francisco, CA 94110

Presenters’ Bios

Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L teaches Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy at SJSU and at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. She works for Stanford Hospital’s Farewell to Falls Program, and she is an author and researcher.

Marisa Moore, MS, OTR/L works at Stanford Hospital in psychiatry, medical/surgical, and with the Stanford Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program.

Program Description

In this presentation we will consider the way we choose to participate in each moment of our lives, that is, the quality and meaning of participation in our occupations, and how this impacts our overall health and wellbeing. For individuals with chronic pain, a focus on moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental awareness during daily activities will include turning toward the unpleasant as a way to learn, grow, and open oneself to transformation by what is discovered. When practitioners become aware of their own suffering and pain, they can meet their clients in a more empathetic space and help them learn practical life skills to guide them in the moment. These practices will help cultivate a certain kind of existential awareness that can lead to improved health and wellbeing for our clients and ourselves so we can participate more meaningfully in occupations despite chronic pain. Continue reading