Institute for Educational Development

School-Based Occupational Therapists: Upgrade Your OT Toolbox to Increase Success for All Your Students

NEW Seminar Presented By
Carol Just, OTD, OTR/L

Outstanding Occupational Therapist and Presenter

Specifically Designed for School-Based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants Serving Preschool-Grade 12

  • Increase student outcomes with proven, evidence-based OT interventions
  • Learn highly effective, immediate strategies for successful school participation
  • Timesaving caseload management, school collaboration and documentation tools
  • Effectively merge your medical OT knowledge into a successful school-based practice

Practical Strategies and Materials

This NEW seminar is specially designed to upgrade your school-based Occupational Therapy toolbox. Specific case models applying a data-driven decision-making model will increase your use of evidence to support your practice. Step-by-step application of the model to your selection of assessments, intervention design and tracking data for progress monitoring will be demonstrated and practiced throughout the day. You will leave this seminar knowing how to apply a data driven model to create novel and highly successful interventions. In this interactive seminar, you'll enjoy the opportunity to learn valuable tips, strategies and insight from seasoned and knowledgeable practitioner, Carol Just.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Raise the Bar as a Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Occupational Therapist
    Learn how to identify your students' school participation challenges, use effective assessment to find the "root" cause, and identify barriers and strengths of the child and the environment
  2. Practical Strategies for Applying the Occupational Therapy Framework Into Your School-Based Practice
    Gain skills in developing client centered, occupation-based interventions in the context of schools
  3. Essential Group Interventions for Increasing Student Participation in the School Environment
    Enhance the application of group theory and techniques based on your students' collective needs
  4. Effective Use of Outcome Measures to Support Your Student-Centered Occupational Therapy Goals
    Optimize your student-centered goals and progress monitoring systems with methods to collect data selected for outcome measures
  5. Easy-to-Use Digital Management of Your Caseload and Required Occupational Therapy Documentation
    Outcomes are essential in caseload management and student success. Learn about innovative and free technology tools for achieving your goals
  6. Strengthen Team Collaboration to Translate Your Medical Knowledge into the School-Based OT Model
    Experience and experiment with new models of collaboration, applying your knowledge and clinical experience to promote student success through knowledge translation for school personnel
  7. Refresh and Re-Energize: Incorporate Self-Care Techniques During Your Busy School Day
    Enhance your own capacity to be regulated and highly effective throughout the entire school day so you can bring your personal best to your work as an Occupational Therapist
  8. Learn More About a Community of Practice Model Within Your School Environment for Knowledge Translation
    Quick and effective tools for sharing information within your occupational therapy school community and for all school personnel
  9. Increase Your Effectiveness in Communicating the Positive Role of Occupational Therapy in Schools to the School Administration and School Community
    Help promote occupational therapy services for your students by sharing the value of OT's role in the education community, including how the OT can support academic and behavior goals of the school
  10. Receive an Extensive Occupational Therapy Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar and your role as a school based Occupational Therapist! It's filled with practical resources you will treasure when you return to school

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Identify ways to increase your evidence-based practice using the Data Driven Decision-Making model
  • Select school-based participation challenges and identify potential barriers or supports for your individual students
  • Recognize the role of formal and informal age-appropriate assessments to collect data =
  • Review current Occupational Therapy literature to determine its effectiveness for your students' intervention plan
  • Discuss how to design innovative student-centered interventions that reflect current research in Occupational Therapy
  • Describe how the Occupational Therapy framework is applied within school-based context
  • Describe how to utilize current group theory methods for small group intervention that gets results
  • List ways to improve your practice with innovative enhancements to time-honored methods for tracking outcomes and progress monitoring
  • Identify self-care tools for managing your busy school schedule with increased confidence and ease
  • Develop and select Community of Practice tools to support knowledge development within your OT and educational community
  • Expand your repertoire of easy-to-implement, data-driven interventions

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 40 years, I have worked in schools, early learning sites, private practice and hospitals. I have observed and experienced significant change in all areas of practice over time, and bring a unique perspective the focus and trends we are experiencing today. My goal for this seminar is to provide you with an upgrade to your OT toolbox with new insights, innovative strategies and renewed energy for your important work.

During this seminar, you will have an opportunity to experience effective and interactive case-based activities to promote the upgrade to your toolbox. I will share how to apply a Data-Driven Decision-Making Model to design effective evidence-based OT interventions that you can use at your own site. You'll learn about top-down intervention models that research shows creates more success for the student. Plan to receive useful tips and strategies you'll be able to use competently with your students the very next day.

If you are a seasoned OT or just starting out in this important role, this seminar will promote your learning in a fun and interactive environment providing you with tools for tomorrow and your future as an OT practitioner. Join me as we recharge our engines for our very important role in student success.

Carol Just, OTD, OTR/L

P.S. In addition to experiencing an inspiring and informative full-day seminar, you will leave with a valuable handbook designed especially for your role as a school-based Occupational Therapist! It's filled with practical resources you will treasure when you return to school.

Who Should Attend

School-Based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants serving Preschool-Grade 12


AOTA ApprovedIED is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Full attendance at this seminar qualifies for .5 AOTA CEUs/5 Contact Hours per day of attendance. You will be required to sign a morning and afternoon attendance roster and complete a program evaluation. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level, Intermediate, AOTA Classification Codes – Category 1: Domain of OT, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Category 3: Professional Issues.
Timed Agenda

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Useful tools and charts specifically designed to understand and apply a data driven OT decision making model in a school context
    • Sample assessments utilizing school-based challenges applied to determine the hypothesis or "root cause" of school-based challenges
    • Methods to develop innovative interventions utilizing use of top-down vs bottom-up theory
    • Evidence-based group interventions using reliable new research to guide your intervention plans
    • Successful collaboration tools to be used for effective collaborating with school personnel
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their school-based Occupational Therapy programs.
  3. Consultation Available
    Carol Just will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own school-based occupational therapy program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.