Dynamic Cognitive Groups

POTAC presents

Dynamic Cognitive Groups: How to Set Up a Group to Reach Your Population

Presenter: Susan Edelsberg, OTR/L, GCFP

Friday, February 25, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Laguna Honda Hospital
375 Laguna Honda, Rm. A-300, San Francisco, CA 94116

Description of Program

A range of cognitive group exercises using a variety of sensory strategies will be presented in a hands-on, experiential format. Discussion will address how exercises can be adapted to fit your population. Continue reading

Fall Friday Forum – An Introduction to the Executive Function Performance Test

Fall Friday Forum

An Introduction to the Executive Function Performance Test

Presenter: Barbara Rodrigues, MS, OTR/L

Friday, November 12, 2010
1:00 – 4:15 PM


San José State University
Central Classroom Building (CCB), Rm. 115

Description of Program

According to the Test Protocol Booklet ((Baum, C., Morrison, T., Hahn, M., & Edwards, D. (2003). Test Protocol Booklet: Executive Function Performance Test. St. Louis, MO: Washington University.)), the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) was developed utilizing the Kitchen Task Assessment as a prototype. This top-down functional assessment test is used to provide a performance-based standardized assessment of cognitive function. Continue reading

POTAC Spring Workshop 2010

POTAC and the Occupational Therapy Treatment Program (OTTP) present

The Role of the Occupational Therapist on an interdisciplinary Psychiatric Rehabilitation Team

presented by Karen Leigh, MS, OTR/L, CPRP

Friday, May 14, 2010
1:00 – 4:30 PM


425 Divisadero Street (between Oak & Fell Streets), Suite 300, San Francisco, 94117. (Free parking in OTTP lot.)


Mental health services have become increasingly rehabilitation and recovery oriented in the last several years. These changes can be seen in the way services are being provided in both private and public sectors. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about most recent core principles of psychiatric rehabilitation as promulgated by both the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The underlying relationship to theoretical models in occupational therapy will be highlighted through the use of extensive case examples and real-world scenarios from interdisciplinary situations. Continue reading

Fall Friday Forum: Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

POTAC and Stanford University Medical Center present

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

with Valerie S. Adams, MA, OTR/L

Friday, September 25, 2009
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Stanford Hospital
Vascular Conference Room H3632 (3rd Floor)
300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305


In response to the increase in the number of children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, this presentation will explain the diagnosis and current treatment options and the effect of symptoms on behavior and functional skills.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this presentation will:

  • Understand the difference between diagnostic criteria and symptoms observed in children with bipolar disorder compared to adults with the diagnosis.
  • Know the origins, causes and contributing factors to early onset bipolar disorder.
  • Learn current medical and psychological treatments.
  • Learn accommodations and strategies effective in educational and home settings.

Speaker Bio

Valerie Adams has been the Coordinator of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services for the Long Beach Unified School District since 2002. Her career has primarily focused on pediatrics, especially in school settings where she uses her previous work experience in mental health settings with adults as well as knowledge of sensory integration and other treatment approaches. She has presented frequently on topics related to school-based services, autism, and bipolar disorder.


$30 for POTAC members & Occupational Therapy Association of California members
$5 for students
$50 for nonmembers
Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for 3 hours of PDUs

Registration Info

Registration deadline is September 22, 2009. To reserve a space, please contact Lynna Kaplan at moc.loanull@pakannyl to reserve a seat. You may pay at the door.

Parking is on Blake Wilbur Drive at $6 for six hours. For directions, campus map, and parking information, visit stanfordhospital.org/directions

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Winter Training: Cognitive Perception

Cognitive Perception: Occupational Therapy Intervention for Clients with Cognitive Perceptual Impairments

with Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Saturday, March 7, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Creekside Room
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue,
 San Rafael, CA 94901


In this fast-paced, comprehensive course, participants will explore how sensory-perceptual and cognitive impairments contribute to difficulties in occupational performance, while also assessing the auditory, tactile, vestibular, and visual systems. The presenter will review the role of attention, memory, higher level thinking skills and executive skills in cognitive-perceptual function, highlighting critical elements to evaluate and providing direction for therapeutic intervention. Treatment will be categorized into six groups: deficit-specific, compensatory, task-specific/environmental modification, meta-cognitive training, education, and social skills training. Treatment strategies will be presented using lecture, video-analysis, and case study anecdotes.

This course advocates for client-centered, occupation-based OT intervention that supports the development of client factors and skills and focuses on a return to habits, routines, rituals, and roles. The presenter will demonstrate the importance of incorporating the natural environment into the intervention program for people with cognitive-perceptual problems. Evidence based approaches and strategies will be highlighted, and clinicians will be challenged to stay focused on providing services that will make a difference in the client’s and family’s life.


Completion of the course will enable participants to:

  • Explain the importance of designing an OT program for clients with cognitive perceptual disorders which incorporates information from the client’s occupational profile, and integrates environmental factors.
  • Describe how to evaluate and address a client’s sensory processing skills/impairments into the occupational therapy program of a client with cognitive-perceptual disorders.
  • Describe common misperceptions and/or functional deficits associated with various sensory processing disorders.
  • Describe screening tools and standardized tests that can be used to establish a baseline for cognitive deficits and/or to provide evidence of progress in cognitive function.
  • Give examples of each of the following intervention approaches, and describe when it is appropriate/inappropriate to use the following:
    • Deficit specific training
    • Compensatory training
    • Task specific training/environmental modifications
    • Meta-cognitive training
    • Education of patient/family/caregivers
    • Social Skills training
  • Compare and contrast classic and current terminology used to describe different types of apraxia, and describe appropriate therapeutic approaches to use related to the type and severity of the disorder.
  • Describe published resources that can be used as part of evidence based practice in treating clients with cognitive-perceptual disorders.

Speaker Bio

Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has over 30 years clinical experience working in acute care, in-patient rehab, out-patient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care; she is currently in private practice treating clients with traumatic brain injuries.


8:30 am                              Participant Registration. Continental Breakfast.
9:00 am – noon                 Theoretical Foundations
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm      Networking Box Lunch (included) – an opportunity to meet with peer practitioners
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm            Treatment Principles
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm            Practical Applications – applying principles to selected cases and practice settings


$125 for POTAC members & students; $150 for non-members. Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for PDUs.

Registration & Payment Form

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Click here for directions, campus map, and parking information.

Contact Information

Sandy Baker
Director, PACE, Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
415-485-3255;  fax 415-482-3575; ude.nacinimodnull@rekabs

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