POTAC Fall Forum 2014

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Date & Time
September 20, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Dominican University of California


POTAC & Dominican University of California present

OT Education and Evidence-Based Practice for Interprofessional Collaboration

by Beth Ching M.Ed, OTR/L and Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L

Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 AM registration; Presentation 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 – Alemany Library, Rm. 207

Program Description

Evidence-based practice and education are fundamental to interprofessional collaboration and can lead to improved health outcomes. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand components in evidence-based practice and develop an interprofessional collaboration plan to benefit clients in a mental/behavioral health setting.


The Centennial Vision, developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), recommends linking education, research and practice as one of the four strategic directions in the road map to advance the occupational therapy profession (AOTA, 2007). Evidence-based practice includes critical analysis of the research data for suitability with a particular client or population and translation of research findings into practice (Burke & Gitlin, 2012). Interprofessional Education (IPE) “occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, 2011, para. 1)  (Bagatell & Broggi, 2014, June).

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • identify components in evidence-based practice
  • understand evidence hierarchy and critical appraisal of evidence
  • utilize available resources to search for evidence
  • identify the benefits of inter-professional collaboration
  • develop an evidence-based inter-professional collaboration plan in a mental/behavioral health setting

If possible, participants are asked to bring a mobile device such as a laptop, notebook, tablet or a smart phone.

About the Speakers

Beth Ching, M.Ed, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Level I, Master of Occupational Therapy (OT) Students at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Beth teaches Health Care Industry, Introduction to Fieldwork, Interprofessional Education and Diversity modules, and she assists in the Psychosocial Dysfunction course as well.

Dr. Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L, is an Assistant Professor at Dominican University of California. She is a strong supporter of interprofessional education and has developed collaboration with the nursing department to promote interprofessional communication.


Pay at the door: $25 for POTAC & OTAC members; $40 for nonmembers; students $5. Checks or cash only, no credit cards. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 3 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.

Preregistration only: To register, please contact Jane Dressler at ude.nacinimodnull@relsserd.enaj or 415-482-1921 before Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Admission will not be guaranteed without preregistration.

Directions and Parking Info

Directions to campus: http://www.dominican.edu/about/campus/mapsandparking/directionstocampus

Campus map and parking info: http://www.dominican.edu/about/campus/mapsandparking

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