OT Books to Lookout for!

Congratulations to long-time POTAC contributors Sheela Roy Ivlev and Beth Ching for their recent book publications! 

Sheela Roy Ivlev (she/her) is an occupational therapist specializing in mental health and wellness. As a Bengali woman born and raised in San Francisco, the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone people, she understands health and wellness from diverse perspectives and values the connection of culture and healing. She is the founder of OT Bay Area, WellWrx Consulting, and DisruptOT, an international volunteer-based organization disrupting the status quo of systemic oppression in healthcare, building community, highlighting global voices, and providing free education to healthcare users, students, and practitioners worldwide. 

See more information & to buy the book click here


Elizabeth “Beth” Ching, OTD, M.Ed., BSOT, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University (SMU), is a Third Generation Korean Chinese American born in Vallejo, California and has been an occupational therapist since 1985. Beth has been committed to working with underserved populations throughout her career. She has presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) about reducing health disparities and mentoring Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth to enter the health professions. She also held the SMU Faculty Diversity Coordinator position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Ching has published in the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, Open Access Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine; she has co-authored “Psychosocial and Cognitive Issues Affecting Therapy” in Neurorehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2021). Dr. Ching was honored to receive the 2021 Faculty of the Year Award at SMU.

Check out her book, “Next 10 Exits: Reflections on Race and Resilience in Vallejo, California” here

OTTP-SF Holiday Gift Drive 2023

Join us in making an impact for the youth of Occupational Therapy Training Program – SF this holiday season!  Your involvement as a supporter of this gift drive can help empower OTTP-SF youth on their journey of healing. Your support may foster self-confidence, provide an avenue for new skills, or simply spread much-needed joy. Your participation will positively impact Bay Area youth and resonate far beyond the holidays. 

Visit the gift drive and donation page today for more information and to make an impact!

AOTA Survey- Input Needed!

AOTA MHSIS is seeking input to determine whether there is a need for a Board Certification in Mental Health, and if board certifications have an impact on AOTA membership. The results will be shared with AOTA to inform certification moving forward. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

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Mental Health Symposium 2023

Discussing neurodiversity and neurodivergence. For more information and to sign up, visit potac.org/join/potac-spring-forum.

POTAC Mental Health Symposium 2023. Discussing neurodiversity and neurodivergence. Virtual event (not recorded). April 15, 2023 9am to 12pm PDT. Certificate of attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs. Headshots of three keynote speakers. Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez’s session title is: “Intersecting Divergent: Moving from NeuroSupremacy to NeuroDiversity”. Cynthia Leu’s session title is: “Neurodivergence: Learning to Thrive with ADHD and Bipolar”. Kristie Cabrera’s session title is: “How I Accepted and Embraced my Neurodiversity as an Occupational Therapist”. For more information and to register visit potac.org/join/potac-spring-forum