Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Program Director & Associate Professor,
Occupational Therapy Program
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
EARN: .15 CEU (1.88 NBCOT PDU/ 1.5 contact hour)
Many occupational therapy practitioners (OT/OTA), have what can be described as a type A personality-- meaning that we are driven to succeed--even to the point of perfectionism. We want to do right by ourselves, our families and our clients. And while there is no harm in doing things to the best of our abilities, we have been known to beat ourselves up when something does not go as anticipated.
Like us, our clients can also be critical of their performance and live in state of anxiety and concern for their abilities.
Mindfulness can help us, our families, friend and clients practice an attitude of acceptance -- we are doing the best that we can - we are not perfect and are not aiming to be.
Mindfulness is about paying attention, focusing on one thing at a time, being in the here and now and being non-judgmental.
This course is provided to you by an occupational therapist who is trained in the field of mindfulness. You will learn how this approach can help you, as a practitioner, deal with the stressors of day to day living. You will also learn about and understand the appropriate application of mindfulness techniques as an adjunct to occupational therapy intervention.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1) Define mindfulness
2) Describe the benefits of mindfulness
3) Learn how to lead basic mindfulness practices as appropriate
4) List various mindfulness-based interventions for populations across the lifespan
5) Identify steps to pursuing further learning in this area
Area of OT: Process: Intervention Professional Issue: Practitioner well-being
Audience: OT and OTA