POTAC Spring Friday Forum 2013 – Enjoying and Engaging with Challenging Older Adults

POTAC Spring Friday Forum

Enjoying and Engaging with Challenging Older Adults

with Jane Dressler, JD, OTR/L and Carolyn Glogoski, Ph.D., OTR/L

Friday, June 7, 2013
12:30 – 4:00 PM


San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Rm 7E12, San Francisco, CA 94110

Event Description

This three-hour presentation will begin with a discussion of how aging affects select areas of occupational performance, performance skills, performance patterns and client factors, and explores how unique contexts influence older adults’ occupational performance. We will explore emotional states frequently experienced by older adults and the universal structures that can help us better understand clients’ distress and challenging behaviors. Specific techniques to manage difficult situations will be provided. Concepts from the existential humanistic frame of reference will be introduced to further participants’ understanding of older adults’ occupational performance and to remind all participants of the joys of client-centeredness.

Small groups will be assembled to analyze clinical challenges, based on scenarios taken from participants’ practice. The small group work will be structured to facilitate clinical reasoning and the integration of innovative interventions. The presentation will conclude with participants being asked to commit to news ways of communicating in their practice.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this presentation, participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of potential changes in information processing and emotional regulation that may affect how older adults communicate and function.
  • Describe the complexity of practice with an older adult population given the interactive effects of the many functional challenges in occupational performance that can be associated with aging.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive-behavioral beliefs underlying aggression and anger.
  • Demonstrate 3–4 techniques in responding to challenging situations with an older adult.
  • Describe how narrative reasoning and principles of the existential humanistic frame of reference can create enhanced communication and performance with older clients/patients.
  • Identify 2–3 new occupational therapy interventions that they plan to use in the next 4 weeks.

Presenters’ Bios

Jane Dressler is an assistant professor of OT at Dominican University of California and has been practicing or teaching mental health OT courses for over 30 years. She is currently providing per diem OT at a skilled nursing facility. Jane was one of the founding members of POTAC, she is an attorney who has practiced in mental health law, and she is the co-author of a descriptive article describing POTAC:

Dressler, J., & MacRae, A. (1998). Advocacy, partnerships and client centered practice in California. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 14 (1/2), 35-43.

Carolyn Glogoski is an associate professor of OT at San José State University, conducting research, publishing, and presenting professionally. She has worked as an OT clinician with persons with serious mental illness and with a geriatric population since 1977. Her B.S. & M.S. are in OT and her Ph.D. is in clinical psychology. Special interests of hers are canine assisted therapy and community living skills for persons with mental illness.


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

To reserve a space, register by Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with Annette Pinto, at 415-206-4945 or gro.hpdfsnull@otnip.ettenna.

Transportation and parking information is available at the SFGH website.

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