POTAC Winter Friday Forum – Client-Centered Adaptation to Functional Loss

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Date & Time
February 10, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

San José State University


POTAC & San José State University OT Department presents

Client-Centered Adaptation to Functional Loss – Determining Meaning to Guide Evaluation and Intervention

with Susan Robertson, PhD, OTR/L (lic. MD), FAOTA

Friday, February 10, 2017
Registration 8:30 AM
Presentation 9:00 – 4:00 PM

Department of Occupational Therapy, San José State University
One Washington Square, Central Classroom Building (CCB) Rm. 115, San José, CA 95192

Note: This event was rescheduled from its earlier date of May 6, 2016.

Program Description

In today’s fast-paced health system, it is difficult to practice core occupational therapy principles to their fullest. Responsive occupational therapy must update intervention to meet the needs of clients with evolving abilities and needs. This workshop explores strategies to integrate the philosophical base of the profession into routine evaluation and treatment. Specifically, approaches that build on the client’s meaning and purpose in life are identified. Recent research at the National Institutes of Health uncovered a Functional Adaptation Model, which will be used as a framework to explore innovative evaluation and intervention.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explore how NIMH research into treatment of mental health conditions creates opportunities for innovative OT
  • Describe relationships between clinical care and qualitative research
  • Experience interview techniques that invite client reflection on meaning and purpose
  • Understand the universal impact of uncertainty on our sense of self
  • Examine how to use a functional adaptation model in clinical care

Presenter Bio

Susan Robertson works as an OT and mental health specialist in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She has conducted qualitative research with patients experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, primary ovarian insufficiency, and undiagnosed and rare diseases. Currently her clinical and research focus is on facilitating accommodation to loss of function by guiding clients to make meaningful lifestyle choices using a model of functional adaptation generated by the research.


To reserve a space, contact Lynne Andonian at ude.usjsnull@nainodna.ennyl or call (408) 924-3088 by Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Admission cannot be guaranteed without preregistration.

Pay at the door: $65 for POTAC & OTAC members; $85 for nonmembers; students $15. Checks or cash only, no credit cards.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 6 contact hours.

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

Meals: Light breakfast included; No-host lunch on your own – bring a brown bag or eat in the SJSU campus cafeteria.

For SJSU campus map, transportation and parking, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/parkingtransportationmaps/

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