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Arrowhead District: Mechanisms of Change in Occupational Therapy Interventions
Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM CDT
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Registration: 5:30 – 6:00
Session 1: 6:00 – 6:30
Break 6:30 – 6:45
Session II: 6:45 – 7:15

Course Description: 

Second-year students in the Occupational Therapy Program at St. Scholastica will present a series of topics on mechanism of change in OT interventions. These presentations focus on the mechanism of action that explains why a given intervention should work based on theoretical and scientific-based data. Students will also present information on does the intervention work, based on a search of current evidence in the rehabilitation literature. Four concurrent sessions will be offered in the first half hour and another four in the second half hour for a total of 8 presentations (participants will select two).

 6:00 – 6:30 Use of social stories to improve social participation in children with autism spectrum disorder. Room # 336

6:00 – 6:30 Cognitive life skills training to improve ADL/IADL function in individuals with schizophrenia. Room # 338

6:00 – 6:30 Patient education to reduce falling and fear of falling in older adults.  Room # 334

6:00 – 6:30 Multi-modal sensory stimulation to increase arousal and alertness after traumatic brain injury. Room # 234

6:45 – 7:15 Constraint induced movement therapy to increase upper extremity motor control in children with cerebral palsy. Room # 336

6:45 – 7:15 The use of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to reduce self-injurious behavior in individuals with borderline personality disorder. Room # 338

6:45 – 7:15 Cognitive stimulation therapy to improve cognitive performance and social functioning in older adults with dementia. Room # 334

6:45 – 7:15 Errorless learning to improve occupational performance in adults with memory impairments. Room # 234


Speaker Bio: 

All presentations will be provided by teams of four second-year students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica.



  • articulate the concept of mechanism of change in occupational therapy interventions and differentiate it from evidence on treatment effectiveness;
  • explain the mechanism of action for selected occupational therapy interventions;
  • appreciate the importance of the concept of mechanism of change as a way to explain treatment effects to clients, families, and colleagues;
  • describe the volume and quality of evidence on specific occupational therapy interventions.

Target Audience: OTs/OTAs

Practice Area: Children and Youth; Productive Aging; Disability and Rehabilitation

Course level: Introductory

Event location:The College of St. Scholastica, Health Science Center, 940 Woodland Avenue, Duluth, MN 55812. Room 234. Note: the Health Science Center is approximately 1 mile from the main St. Scholastica campus.

Contact District Organizer: Steve Cope, [email protected], 218-723-5915

Fee: MOTA members Free          Non-members $20.00 

Continuing Education Credits:  1.0 CEU

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This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 1:Domain of OT and Category 2: Occupational Therapy Processes





Contact: Steven Cope [email protected] ; phone 218-723-5915