POTAC Spring Workshop and Institute 2008

POTAC and Dominican Hospital present

Two Day-Long Trainings with Tina Champagne, M.Ed., OTR/L

April 25 & 26, 2008

About the Presenter

Tina Champagne has been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors as a national leader in the integration of sensory approaches in mental health care settings. She received the 2006 Carol Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy for her innovative contributions in mental health care services. Please refer to Tina’s website ot-innovations.com for detailed descriptions of her work, publications and research.


Dominican Hospital
Education Building Rooms B1 & B2
1555 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

The Education Building is a free-standing 2-story building located directly behind the main hospital. Free Parking is available directly in front of the Education Building in the Visitors section.

Friday, April 25, 2008 – A Workshop

Sensory Modulation, Disregulated Behaviors, & Restraint Reduction: What is the OT Role, Level II


This intermediate level workshop is designed to enhance the application of sensory modulation approaches throughout the OT process, and applies to consumers functioning at varied levels of occupational performance. Building on skills learned in last year’s Level I workshop, you will explore the inter-relatedness of sensory modulation, trauma-informed care, and restraint reduction. Continue to learn about practical assessment tools, treatment planning, and implementation for use in varied mental health care contexts. You will continue to explore creative and practical ideas to incorporate into your practice.

• 7 contact hours; $170 registration (reduced early bird rate $150), includes third edition of Tina’s book, Sensory Modulation & Environment: Essential Elements of Occupation, and other literature; lunch is included. Registration deadline is April 21.

Prerequisite: Must have attended last year’s training or completed study of textbook to qualify for registration (see “Prerequisites”).

Saturday, April 26, 2008 – A Post-Training institute

Focus Group Consultation & Support: Integrating Sensory Modulation Into Mental Health Practice


This focus group session will provide 10–20 participants with an individualized opportunity to explore best practices in sensory modulation approaches in varied levels of mental health care. Expert consultation, group feedback and support will be offered to each person. Participants will share their current progress and barriers in the movement toward trauma-informed care and restraint reduction. Participants will be guided to identify and document short and long term goals, as well as an overall plan for integrating sensory modulation approaches into their individual practice. Interdisciplinary groups welcome.

• 7 contact hours; $150 Registration (Reduced Early Bird Rate $130)

Prerequisite: Must have attended either last year’s training or Friday’s training to register. Registration deadline March 25.

Note: The Post-Training Institute is limited to a maximum of 20 registrants; with registration required 30 days in advance. In the event that there are less than 10 registrants by March 25, the Post-Training Institute on April 26 may be cancelled.


Registration each day 8:30 a.m. Sessions 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Luncheon included each day.

Certificates of attendance will be provided each day


If you did not attend last year’s training, you are required — in advance of the training — to read Tina’s just-released 3rd edition book, Sensory Modulation & Environment: Essential Elements of Occupationas well as the following two articles:

  1. Champagne, T. (2006, December). Creating sensory rooms: Essential enhancements for acute inpatient mental health settings. Mental Health Special Interest Newsletter, 29, 1–4; and
  2. Champagne, T. & Stromberg, N. (2004, September). Sensory approaches in inpatient psychiatric settings: Innovative alternatives to seclusion and restraint. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 42(9), 35–44.

A copy of the book and the JPN article will be mailed to you, once you are registered. Please be aware: previously covered content may not be addressed by the presenter during Q&A sessions.

Instructions on Downloading “Creating Sensory Rooms” from AOTA.org

Sign in on “Member Log In” on the AOTA Website. Go to SIS (Special Interest Section) Communities page, link is on upper left hand side of the AOTA home page. Select “SIS Quarterly Newsletters”, then select “Mental Health”, then select “2006” and click “Search”.

Find Tina Champagne’s article on “Creating Sensory Rooms”, then click on the “Download Newsletter*” link. The MH-SIS Quarterly for December 2006 will appear as a 4-page PDF file. Print and review this article, then bring it with you to the training.

Registration Procedure

Full payment is required to register. Please note our early bird incentives to register early.

For the first time, POTAC is offering online registration using PayPal. If for any reason you need to negotiate an accommodation or prefer to register by mail, please contact Rebecca Elder, MS, OTR/L, at moc.knilhtraenull@redleacceb or call her at 831-768-8024. A confirmation and any updates will be sent to you via e-mail.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received 10 days prior to the course. Refunds, minus a $25.00 cancellation fee, will be issued within 30 days. POTAC reserves the right to cancel any course with due cause and refund in full. Participants purchasing non-refundable airfare tickets are strongly encouraged to inquire about course availability before final purchase.


Santa Cruz is located along the beautiful Central Coast of Monterey Bay, 30 miles south of San Jose and 40 miles north of Monterey. The Santa Cruz area offers a wide variety of accommodations for every travel style. View the 2008 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide for full information. For your convenience, we have secured a group rate at Best Western Seacliff Inn. This full-service hotel is located approximately five miles south of Dominican Hospital; our group rate of $99 is available for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday overnight stays. Reservations must be made by March 31, 2008. Please call 800-367-2003 and identify that you are with POTAC.

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Additional information will be available on-site for local restaurants and activities. If you have special needs, or would like more information in advance, please contact the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council at www.santacruz.org or 831-425-1234. For site specific concerns or additional questions, you may contact Barbara Rodrigues, POTAC site representative, by e-mail at ude.whcnull@1girdoRB or phone at 831-462-7834.


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