9 Contact Hours

Stress is a reality for healthcare professionals. The side effects of stress can cause serious mental, physical, and emotional health consequences; unresolved stress can lead to decreased job satisfaction, job loss, high turnover rates, and added risks to the consumer. This course helps therapists of all levels, as well as program directors, to understand and minimize the effects of stress.

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.)

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.

Audience: OT, OTA, PT, PTA, ST 

Skill Level: Entry Level, Intermediate, and Advanced Practitioners 

Contact Hours: 9

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 understand:

  1. What constitutes stress;
  2. The physical, mental, and emotional effects of stress;
  3. Theories regarding the origin of stress;
  4. The impact of stress in the clinical setting, including its effects on the client;
  5. The source of your own stress;
  6. Institutional strategies to minimize work-related stress (Institutional Managed Stress Program);
  7. Personal intervention strategies (Personal Managed Stress Program); and
  8. Coping strategies for dealing with the symptoms of stress.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Reducing Stress in the Clinic: Strategies for Therapists

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3. Coursework - Reducing Stress in the Clinic: Strategies for Therapists

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4. Course Final and Survey - Reducing Stress in the Clinic: Strategies for Therapists


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion