Quarterly Ed Events

In 2014, a small group of thinkers from the Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon came together to talk about a collaboration between the two groups that would provide continuing education courses to occupational therapists.

Out of this meeting, a small committee was formed to plan these continuing education events four times a year. The topics are varied, but our goal has always been the same; to provide OTs with quality continuing education at a low-cost, easy-to-access venue. Before each event, we also provide OTs with the opportunity to get together to socialize. Come join us!

Upcoming OT CE Event

Presentation by Brigette Bird, MOTR/L

About the presenter: Brigette Bird, MOTR/L graduated from Oregon State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Exercise Sport Science and a Certificate in Gerontology. She then followed her passion for skiing to graduate school at the University of Utah, where she graduated in 2009 with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Afterwards, she worked in a variety of settings in the Salt Lake City area, including SNFs, Home Health, Sub-Acute Rehab, Orthopedic Hospital, rural hospitals and Trauma 1 hospital. It was at the Intermountain Medical Center, where she found her passion for the critical care setting. In 2014, she and her husband, both true Oregonians, moved back to Central Oregon.  She is currently working at St. Charles Medical Center as the primary critical care OT and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the LBCC OTA program.   

Financial Disclosures: Ms. Bird receives an honorarium for this course.

Non-financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial disclosures.  

This pandemic has brought to us a new diagnosis and patients with an unfamiliar clinical presentation. Occupational Therapists do have a role in the Critical Care setting with patients admitted with COVID-19. The course will present research from a small retrospective study, from Deschutes County. Clinical assessments and interventions, as well as a general patient response and prognosis will be discussed. This course recognizes and sets the stage for continued discussion, and research of OT in the critical care setting to promote early activity to benefit our patients best long-term outcomes. 

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify OT’s role with patient’s with COVID-19, within the critical care setting. 
  2. Describe a clinical presentation and prognosis for patients with COVID-19.
  3. List three interventions used to promote positive outcomes for patients with COVID-19. 

7:00PM to 8:00PM – Presentation

OTAO Practitioner Member – $20

Practitioner Non-Member – $25

OTAO Student Member – $5

Student Non-Member – $10


This course is an introductory level, with content focus in OT Process, Intervention and Outcomes. Completion of this course is recognized by the OT Oregon Licensing Board as 1 contact hour. 

This course does not necessarily imply the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO) supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors. 

NOTE: To ensure emails sent from web@otao.com and info@otao.com for the virtual event are not sent to your spam or junk folder, please make sure to add these email accounts to your contact list in your email browser. If you are an OTAO member, please also make sure to be logged into your account, before registering for the event. 

Below are some of the events we have had in the past:

  • Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Visual Impairment: An overview of vision function, screening, and intervention (Julie Allen, 2015)
  • The Pain Terrain: An inpatient look at the pain patient (Joanne Gatti, 2016)
  • Understanding Grief: Creating a Clinical Toolbox (Kelli Iranshad and Katy Danforth, 2017)
  • Aphasia: What You Can Do to Support Communication, Participation, and Performance(John White, 2017)
  • Feeding: Body, Soul, and Mouth (Kim Rathbun and Sandra Pelham Foster, 2018)
  • Navigating Driving for the OT in the State of Oregon (Jeff Lango, 2018)
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Harm Behavior (Meg Boden Alvey, 2019, with a panel of coordinators from the Clackamas Behavioral Health Division)
  •  Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities between OT and OTA in the Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services (Kristin Johnson, 2020)

Do you want to present for us? Have ideas on topics you’d like to see? Know a passionate practitioner who would like to share their expertise with fellow OTs?

Please contact info@otao.com to let us know!