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California Occupational Therapists CE Information

28SEP
By PDR Renewals
California-licensed occupational therapists
have a license renewal every two years with
a deadline of the birth date.
Twenty-four (24) PDUs or hours are
required in order to renew a license, and
there are no limits for online CE if AOTA
approved. Twelve hours must directly relate
to the delivery of occupational therapy
services.
California-licensed OTs may earn all 24
hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the Occupational Therapy page of this
site. Click here to view AOTA-approved online CEUs.
Professional Development Resources is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply
endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Information obtained from the California Board of Occupational Therapy on April 13, 2015.

Continuing Education Courses for Occupational Therapists:


Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a
brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy,
activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different
from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through
from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in
damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and
even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people
with this illness can lead full and productive lives. This
introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH), provides a brief overview of bipolar disorder
in adults, including: signs and symptoms; diagnosis; risk
factors; and treatment options.

Visuals for Autism: Beyond the Basic Symbols


It is well-established by research that many learners on the
autism spectrum benefit from the use of visuals. How can we
go beyond a basic use of symbols to create and implement
individualized visuals that will help our students learn and
communicate more comprehensively? Participants will learn
about considerations and strategies to take into account in order
to put more effective visuals in place for their students on the
autism spectrum. Topics covered include: broadening symbol
selection, adding layers and additional components to visuals in
order to make them more motivating and meaningful, providing
visuals for a wide variety of expressive communicative
functions, and using visuals for comprehension and
organization as well as expression.The course video is split into
2 parts for your convenience: part 1 is 56 minutes and part 2 is
57 minutes.

The Occupational Therapist in Long-Term Care


Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings. The most
common workplace is schools, followed by private practice and
hospitals. A growing number of occupational therapists,
however, are working full or part-time in skilled nursing
facilities as the population of the United States ages. Every
practice setting has unique characteristics that affect clinical
practice. Skilled nursing facilities have a multitude of
regulations, complicated billing practices, and a culture of care
that must be learned and integrated into the clinicians
treatment habits. This can make it difficult for the OT working
part-time or PRN in a skilled nursing facility. This introductory
course will provide an overview of the important aspects of
long-term care that affect treatment, including the structure,
organization and reimbursement system of skilled nursing
facilities. The average resident and common treatment areas
will also be discussed.

Lactose Intolerance: Basics & Beyond


This course explains the basics of lactose intolerance from the
prevalence and pathophysiology to the management of lactose
intolerance. It also goes beyond the basics by including the
dietary treatment of lactose intolerance from a registered
dietitians perspective by outlining the steps of the nutrition
care process and providing strategies for nutrition counseling. It
includes information on psycho-emotional factors such as
anxiety and depression that can affect lactose intolerance
symptoms and pose barriers to successful treatment. Two case
studies are included to assist health professionals in
understanding the client perspective. This course will be
informative for anyone with lactose intolerance as well as
registered dietitians and other health professionals who counsel
those with lactose intolerance.

Living a Better Life with Chronic Pain: Eliminating SelfDefeating Behaviors


Certainly no one would choose a pain-filled body over a
healthy, pain-free body. Yet every day, people unwittingly
choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to
other less-than-desirable consequences on their health,
relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes
are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they
keep us from living life to the fullestif we let them. This
course is a self-instructional module that walks readers
through the process of replacing their self-defeating chronic
pain issues with healthy, positive, and productive life-style
behaviors. It progresses from an analysis of the emotional
aspects of living with chronic pain to specific strategies for
dealing more productively with it. Through 16 guided
exercises, readers will learn how to identify their self-defeating
behaviors (SDBs), analyze and understand them, and then
replace them with life-giving actions that lead to permanent
behavioral change.