Open Steering Committee Meeting – 10/20/2012 – Cibo Restaurant

Open Steering Committee Meeting

Saturday, October, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 PM


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


Our Fall POTAC Steering Committee meeting is being organized by Rebecca Elder, and, in addition to our usual business agenda, we will be having a guest speaker and a very interesting program.

Our speaker Michelle Schweon will focus on the McFarlane Multifamily Group Model, which is a current evidence-based treatment endorsed by SAMHSA for the treatment of mental illness. Michelle, from Momentum Non-Profit (Santa Clara County), will discuss implementation of this model at her program. Fall POTAC Steering Committee Meeting Facilitator, Rebecca Elder will present on the basics of the model and some ways in which it is being implemented in some Northern California inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. Michelle has been trained and supervised by the McFarlane Multifamily Group Trainer and Occupational Therapist.


Please contact both Rebecca Elder at moc.liamgnull@8redleber and Eileen Auerbach at moc.loanull@aeinee if you have any questions or want to RSVP now. The meeting will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1–3 PM at Cibo Restaurant in Palo Alto. The last two meetings we had at Cibo, everyone ordered lunch.

All POTAC members are welcome at this meeting and encouraged to attend!

To the steering committee:

Our summer meeting minutes will be distributed as soon as they are ready. I’ll send the first draft of the agenda closer to the date of the next meeting on Oct. 20th. —Eileen

Fall Friday Forum – A Review of Changes in the DSM-5 and the ICD-10

POTAC and El Camino Hospital present

A Review of Changes in the DSM-5 and the ICD-10

with Liz Cara, PHD, OTR/L, MFCC

Friday, October 26, 2012
1:00 – 4:30 PM


El Camino Hospital Mountain View
New Main Hospital, Meeting Room G
2500 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 94040

Presenter’s Bio

Dr. Liz Cara is a professor of occupational therapy at San José State University with clinical experience in the rehabilitation of people with mental disabilities. She is co-editor and co-author of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice, and has authored papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey (the primatologist and graduate from SJSU’s OT Department). Dr. Cara’s scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide.

Program Description

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, is scheduled to be published next year and will be considerably different from the previous versions. It will include a dimensional approach and also possible new disorders that may be of interest to occupational therapists. A global approach, the International Classification of Disease, the ICD-10, is also more recent and more widely used. This presentation will be a review of the proposed changes and a discussion of how the changes will influence occupational therapy practice.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify changes in the DSM categorization system and approach.
  2. Identify the similarities in the DSM and ICD classification systems.
  3. Use a case study approach and discussion to identify outcomes of occupational therapy interventions using the new classification systems.

Price & Education Credits

Pay at the door: $25 for POTAC & OTAC members; $40 for nonmembers; students $5

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs & CEUs – 3 contact hours

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEUs) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider Name: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition. POTAC’s Provider Number: PCE 5125. There will be no refunds in cases of failure to attend the complete presentation.

A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship


To reserve a space, register before October 24 with Barbara Rodrigues at moc.liamgnull@toseugirdorb or call 831-462-7834.


Directions and map to El Camino Hospital

Campus and parking information: View PDF. Please park in Lot A.


Download Flyer – Fall Friday Forum 2012 373 KB

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.