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Earn your OT CEUs by listening for free to our episodes, then logging into the OT Potential Club to take a quiz and earn a certificate. In each episode, we discuss new OT-related research and invite an expert guest to pull out actionable takeaways. Perfect for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Episodes are released every other week.

OT Potential Podcast | Occupational Therapy CEUs Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

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Earn your OT CEUs by listening for free to our episodes, then logging into the OT Potential Club to take a quiz and earn a certificate. In each episode, we discuss new OT-related research and invite an expert guest to pull out actionable takeaways. Perfect for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Episodes are released every other week.

    #77: OT and Making the OTD Capstone Matter with Daniel Rortvedt & Alana Woolley

    #77: OT and Making the OTD Capstone Matter with Daniel Rortvedt & Alana Woolley

    The number of OT entry-level doctoral (OTD) programs has been expanding rapidly. In 2017 there were 7 programs. As of 2023, there are 95, with an additional 76 in development. 
    The article we'll cover in this course presents early stage research on the doctoral capstone experience and employment opportunities. It backs up what I have now personally observed through mentoring a student: that doctoral students are uniquely prepared for more diverse job opportunities, and sometimes jobs are even created due to the clear value of the capstone experience. 
    There seems to be a benefit for the profession as a whole, in terms of increased awareness. (Our Achilles heel!)
    After reviewing the article, I’ll welcome our own student, Alana Woolley, and her capstone coordinator, Daniel Rortvedt. Our goal will be to help you decide if you should be a capstone mentor, and shed light on the experience from 3 perspectives.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/making-the-otd-capstone-matter

    Learn more about our guests:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/daniel-rortvedt
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/alanawoolley

    See our Capstone Catalog:
    https://otpotential.com/blog/otd-capstone-catalog

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    An exploration of the occupational therapy doctoral capstone: Perspectives from capstone coordinators, graduates, and Site Mentors.


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    #76: OT and Pediatric Constipation with Quiara Smith

    #76: OT and Pediatric Constipation with Quiara Smith

    I’ve been surprised as my own kids enter elementary school to anecdotally find that constipation is a common reason to miss activities. 
    But, this aligns perfectly with the research we look at today, and the growing concern that constipation has become a public health concern. 
    As many as 32% of kids (0-18) experience constipation. And, a growing number of occupational therapy professionals are seeing these kids on their caseload. Today we’ll look at an article that examines what an interdisciplinary approach to pediatric constipation can look like. 
    Then, we are excited to welcome to the podcast, Quiara Smith, an OT who owns a pediatric pelvic health practice. Her and I will discuss the practical implications from this article for your OT practice.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/ot-pediatric-constipation

    Learn more about our guest:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/quiara-smith

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    Interdisciplinary occupational and physical therapy approach to treating constipation and fecal incontinence in children.



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    #75: Knowledge Translation and OT with Tim Dionne

    #75: Knowledge Translation and OT with Tim Dionne

    It takes an average of 17 years for evidence to make its way into practice. 
    The fields of knowledge translation and implementation science are seeking to change this. And, today we are looking at a scoping review of knowledge translation research in rehab. 
    To be frank, I think the article is pretty convoluted. (Which is funny since it comes from researchers interested in knowledge translation.🤔)  But, it certainly gives us a good jumping off point to talk about the challenges around knowledge translation, and the need for innovation in this field. 
    Next week, we’ll welcome Tim Dionne, PhD, OTR/L to the podcast. His research emphasis is on supporting therapists providing quality care, through knowledge dissemination and dissemination and implementation research methods.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/knowledge-translation-and-ot

    Learn more about our guest:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/tim-dionne

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    Knowledge translation research to promote behavior changes in rehabilitation: Use of theoretical frameworks and tailored interventions: A scoping review.


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    #74: Finger Prosthetics and OT with Haley Van Escobar

    #74: Finger Prosthetics and OT with Haley Van Escobar

    The art and science of digital prosthetics is rapidly advancing. 
    Yet, many people with amputated fingers do not wear a prosthetic. 
    Part of the problem may be our own fault as health providers. We may be stuck in old stereotypes of poor outcomes and limited options related to digital prosthetics. 
    In this one-hour podcast-base course, we’ll look at a research article that explores the experiences of people who wear digital prosthetics. Our goal is to develop your skills in listening closely to your own clients and their needs in this area. 
    Next week on the podcast, we’ll welcome Haley Van Escobar. Haley has her own hand therapy private practice and works for a digital prosthetic company. You’ll learn how she landed this job, and what the average OT needs to know about this rapidly advancing space.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/finger-prosthetics-and-ot

    Learn more about our guest:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/haley-van-escobar

    Learn more about OT and hand therapy:
    https://otpotential.com/blog/hand-therapy

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    User experiences of digital prostheses in daily functioning in people with an amputation of thumb or finger




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    #73: Diversity in OT with Arameh Anvarizadeh

    #73: Diversity in OT with Arameh Anvarizadeh

    In previous courses, we’ve discussed that one of the primary ways we can improve our care, as OT professionals, is to increase the diversity of our workforce—with the ultimate goal of having our workforce’s diversity mirror the diversity of the populations we are seeing.  This goal will ensure we have the multiple perspectives needed to respond to the needs of our clients. 
    But, until now, we’ve mostly talked about this theoretically. 
    So, what do the actual numbers have to say about the current diversity of our workforce? 
    It’s a mixed bag. 
    In today’s 1 hour CEU course, we’ll look at a report from JAMA that estimates racial/ethnic representation in 10 U.S. healthcare professions.
    To give you a taste of the positive news: the percentage of Black OTs is better than in PT and SLP. But startlingly, the authors specifically call out OT for having a smaller percentage of Black OTs students than is in our workforce. In other words this measure of diversity showed shrinkage. 
    There is so much to unpack from this data, and we are excited to welcome back to the podcast a guest from one of our most popular episodes: Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/diversity-in-ot

    Learn more about our guest:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/arameh-anvarizadeh

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    Estimation and Comparison of Current and Future Racial/Ethnic Representation in the US Health Care Workforce.


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    #72: What is OT in 2024? with Ryan Lavalley and Carlin Reaume

    #72: What is OT in 2024? with Ryan Lavalley and Carlin Reaume

    Through OT Potential, we’ve released over 70 episodes all exploring new influential OT research. As we enter 2024, it’s time to reflect on the research and ask: 
    What trends are we seeing in OT? How is new research enriching how we think about our practice? 
    In this 1 hour-episode, we’ll talk about new trends, with a particular focus on what commonalities we see leaders in our field doing in their occupational therapy process. We’ll culminate our discussion by exploring how people describe OT. This will be informed by our OT practice framework, but with a special focus on how we communicate about OT to the public. 
    For this exploration, we’ll welcome back to the podcast two of our podcast hosts from 2024, Carlin Reaume OTD, OTR/L, DipACLM, PMH-C, PCES and Ryan Lavalley PhD, OTR/L. Together we’ll unpack what all of these trends mean for your OT practice.

    You can find more details on this course here:
    https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/ot-in-2024

    Read OT Potential's guide to What is OT?
    https://otpotential.com/what-is-ot

    Learn more about our guests:
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/ryan-lavalley
    https://otpotential.com/occupational-therapy-directory/carlin-reaume

    Here's the primary research we are discussing:
    Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process—Fourth edition
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Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Alana Woolley ,

Best podcast for OT practitioners

OT Potential takes new research and pulls out exactly what practitioners need to know to improve their practice. The guest experts bring fresh perspectives and make each episode feel conversational and engaging. As a student I have learned so much not just about the latest evidence, but what clinicians are actually doing to put that evidence to work. Highly recommend!!

rosallea ,

Breath of fresh air +

Sarah is so kind and respectful!! She speaks eloquently, listens and creates an open, comfortable environment to explore ideas and share perspectives. It’s helpful!!

So well done, down to earth , direct and exciting content Thank you Sarah for reigniting the flame, opening up possibilities, sharing the knowledge, bringing us together and recognizing the vital roles we can play in the future. I’m in.....!! Highly recommended

hannah_COTA ,

So much information!!

I just discovered the podcast and can’t get enough. I love OT podcasts, but the direct evidence and journal articles combined with discussion is next level. Thank you for taking the time to get this information out!

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