6 Contact Hours

Description: This course explores why some individuals more easily adapt to a life-altering disability, illness, or effects of aging while others do not, and the therapist's role in helping clients identify effective coping strategies to prevent additional serious physical and psychological repercussions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Instructor: Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

    Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy..

Instructor: Joanne R. Desotelle, Ph.D

    Dr. Joanne Desotelle is a Professor of English and for the past twelve years has been Chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY. In over 25 years of academic service, in addition to teaching, Joanne has been involved in research, assessment strategies, course development, curriculum development, and program development including designing and writing the New Major Proposal for the New York State Department of Education for majors in American Sign Language, Visual and Verbal Art, Theatre and Drama, and ASL-English Interpreting. (All proposals were approved.)

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP, RN, LPN

Skill Level: Entry Level, Intermediate, and Advanced Practitioners

Contact Hours: 6

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Text-Based learning modules, course activities, and interactive forum

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all online activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the successful completion of this course, you will: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about the causes and consequences of stress;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive coping theory of stress;
  3. Recognize positive and negative coping strategies;
  4. Assess the client s coping strategies, and
  5. Devise strategies for assisting the client in activating effective coping strategies.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

Please read the introduction to provide you with important information and tips about your course.

2. Course Objectives - A Person-Centered Approach: Understanding a Client's Response to a Disability

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3. Section 1 - Introduction

Lesson 1

4. Section 2 - Stress

Lesson 2

5. Section 3 - Disability and Stress

Lesson 3

6. Section 4 - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Lesson 4

7. Section 5 - Cognitive Copying Theory

Lesson 5

8. Section 6 - Coping Strategies

Lesson 6

9. Section 7 - Clinical Strategies to Improve Client Coping

Lesson 7

10. Section 8 - Conclusion


11. References


12. Course Final and Survey - Understanding a Client's Response to a Disability

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion