2020 NMOTA

Virtual Brews & CEUs

We’re All in This Together: 

Focus on NM OT Practice Across Disciplines


  • Members: 5 free webinars, subsequent webinars $5.00 per session. 

  • Non-members: $40.00 per webinar


How to register:

  1. View the lineup of presentations below.

  2. Purchase your webinars by choosing from the options in the green Registration box.

  3. On the cart summary page, click on the green "Add a note" text to list your chosen sessions.

Important Notes:

  • Members can use the "5 Free CEUs Sessions..." button, then enter promo code Member at checkout.

  • Sessions scheduled for after your membership expiration date cannot be included in the 5 free sessions unless you renew your membership.

Have questions, comments or feedback about our Virtual Brews and CEUs? 

Please email them to brewsandceus@nmota.org.

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Summer and Fall 2020


Webinar Presentations


New Scholarship for UNM OT Students Targets Recruitment of Rural New Mexicans and COTAs: Who Qualifies and How to Apply

1.0 hours. The UNM OT Graduate Program was recently awarded a $3.25 million grant to provide scholarships to students over the next five years. The funding was secured from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students mechanism that aims to diversify the health care workforce. This is enacted by providing scholarships to students from medically underserved communities, underrepresented minority groups, and those from environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds. We will introduce the opportunity, how to apply, and the criteria for application. Qualifying for the scholarship requires students to demonstrate an economic need or having come from an environmentally disadvantaged background.

Timothy Dionne, PhD, OTR/L and Mark Hardison, PhD, OTR/L

Sleep and Relaxation: From In-Person to Virtual Treatment

1.0 hours. People can experience changes in sleep and relaxation for multiple reasons. Illness, injury, chronic conditions can make it difficult to sleep well and to feel rested. Deficits in sleep and relaxation can negatively impact performance in multiple areas. Sleep training is an evidence-based approach to improving sleep and supporting performance skills. Relaxation training can support sleep, role performance, and emotional regulation. This talk will cover the basics of sleep and relaxation treatments via virtual platforms (because COVID19 can happen!), identify which populations may benefit from this treatment, and describe how to assess client performance in this area via telepractice.

Narisa Tappitake, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, CLC

Psychosocial Practice Without Borders: OT’s Unique Role in Addressing Mental Health Concerns Across Practice Settings

1.5 hours. This presentation will facilitate exploration of how OTs in New Mexico can integrate
psychosocial and mental health practice concepts and techniques into their work, no matter what setting they practice in. We will explore several generalist intervention techniques, OT specific assessments that capture psychosocial/mental health barriers to occupation, as well as discuss documentation wording and possible billing options. We will also discuss systemic barriers to this kind of practice, barriers to care that individuals with mental health diagnoses face, and strategies to address these barriers. An open Q&A with the facilitator will be included.

Rachel Goldman, OTR

The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Shoulder Bone: Facilitating UE ROM through Pelvic Positioning

1.5 hours. The ability of OT practitioners to assess and treat pelvic alignment will improve their ability to facilitate decreased pain and increased participation in ADL’s and activities of choice for patients across the life span. This presentation is designed to review the proximal alignment and control necessary for promoting upper extremity range of motion and will provide practical interventions to facilitate increased patient outcomes in activities requiring upper extremity movement and coordination. We will review the risk factors of prolonged sitting in wheelchairs, the pelvic and scapular alignment needed for shoulder range of motion and fine motor activity, and learn ways to facilitate this required pelvic and scapular alignment through seating and preparatory activities.

Effie Pulford, MOT, OTR/L, CNDT, CSRS

Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Sensory Processing Differences in the Pediatric Population

1.0 hours. This presentation will provide occupational therapy practitioners the opportunity to learn about interdisciplinary collaboration. Specifically, it will focus on sensory processing differences which affect progress in speech and physical therapy as well as best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration. Attendees will be provided examples of successful interdisciplinary collaboration from an outpatient pediatric clinic setting. In addition, they will be provided the opportunity to discuss examples and techniques for interdisciplinary collaboration with other occupational therapy practitioners across the state.

Julie Brunson, MOT, OTR/L, Alyse Howard, MOT, OTR/L, Andrew Valladares, AA, COTA/L

Conducting Virtual School-Based OT Evaluations

1.5 hours. During the COVID-19 pandemic, OT practitioners are having to revisit their practices to integrate the use of virtual methods, such as telehealth. Evaluations, particularly for determining need for school-based services can be challenging in this environment. This presentation will review Federal and state guidance related to the provision of OT services and will specifically examine guidance related to COVID-19 school closures. Practitioners will be given concrete strategies to use when conducting evaluations to determine need for services in a COVID-19 world.

Dr. Joanna Cosbey, OTR/L

Power, Privilege, Implicit Bias, and Occupational Therapy

1.5 hours. A societal shift is underway, one which insists that we acknowledge and address the historical harms enacted on Indigenous and Black people in America. Medical and educational institutions have been especially problematic in maintaining and enacting this oppression. Occupational therapists are integral members of the medical and educational communities and must grapple with the effects of implicit bias, racism, and discrimination in their practice. Unintentional harms can be addressed and new patterns of self-awareness can be cultivated. This workshop will support you to begin your exploration into this topic and to consider ways that you may be able to address your own privilege and reduce unintentional harm. You will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the topic, 3 action-steps to try in your field of practice, and 2 mindfulness techniques to increase your physical stamina for racial discomfort and to weave this into your daily work as an occupational therapist.

Kaycee Hinckley, MOTR/L

DDW Services: Focusing on the 'Team' in IDT

1.0 hours. Part 1: Practitioners working through the DDW system serve clients with a range of
physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities in a variety of community settings. DDSD provides state-level guidance, but interpretation and implementation vary widely across providers and teams. This presentation will provide useful strategies to assist practitioners with implementing collaborative-consultative services consistent with NM DOH/DDSD Standards. Tools to increase positive interactions between clients, therapists, caregivers, and community agencies will be included.
Part 2: Interactive discussion addressing participant submitted questions related to providing training for DSP, participation during IDT meetings, and navigating difficult team dynamics.

Robin Leinwand, MOT, OTR/L

Putty-to-Go: A Virtual Activity Resource for Pediatric Therapists

1.0 hours + (optional) 30 minute self study course *details will be described during webinar. Putty-to-Go is a collection of therapeutic activities for children with fine motor deficits. Designed as a virtual resource for pediatric therapists, this webinar includes videos that show you how to demonstrate playful putty activities. This presentation will highlight the key components of fine motor development for each putty activity and share strategies to refine your clinical reasoning skills.

Laura Sena, OTR/L

5 Keys to Keeping Calm: A Roadmap for Educators and Therapists

We are longer accepting registration for this webinar. 1.5 hours. Participants will learn practical embodiment techniques and will clear the next layers of the mental, emotional, physical, and archetypal blocks to access their intuition so that they can rid themselves of triggers and become neutral facilitators of their client's growth.

Sarah Day, MPH, CST-T, OT/L

Relationship-Based OT Practice

1.5 hours. During this presentation, occupational therapy professionals will be able to identify the foundation of our practice which is building and maintaining relationships. We will explore why this is so critical to the work that we all do to provide OT services. We will then examine how relationship-based work with community partners, other professionals, and, most importantly, the patient will increase family/patient/student partnership and collaboration and how this will impact positive outcomes and success.

Lindsey Lopez, MPH, COTA/L, CHW

Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology

1.0 hours. Assistive technology enables occupational therapy practitioners to adapt how tasks are completed, promote occupational engagement, modify body functions, create opportunity, and restore function for people who experience differences to their body structure that results in occupational deprivation. This presentation will relate the occupational therapy scope of practice to high- and low-tech assistive technologies so that OT practitioners in pediatric or adult settings may include this valuable set of tools in their toolbox because “[f]or people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible” {IBM, 1991).

Mary Thelander Hill, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Practical Approaches Outside of Traditional Settings

1.0 hours. This presentation will help the learner adapt to new and unique situations, think of functional, rather than task-oriented approaches, and think along the lines of function rather than rote exercises. While the task-oriented approach has its place in therapy, working in the community, especially with older clients, demands an approach that is more process-oriented. During this discussion-based webinar, we will be creative and problem-solve together with the objective of helping each other learn to adapt to new and unique situations and think along the lines of function rather than rote exercises.

Robert Hobbs, MPH, OTR/L

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need sign in to register for the event?

    No, you do not need to sign in to the website in order to register.

How do I know if my NMOTA membership is up to date? How do I know if I’m a member?

    If you are not sure of your membership status, please email brewsandceus@nmota.org to request that information. We will respond to you within 24 hours of your request. 

When does registration close? 

    We ask that you register for all of your sessions at once, but registration will remain open until the end of the series. If you are attending the session “live,” zoom links will be sent out approximately 24 hours before the webinar is scheduled. If you are registering to watch a pre-recorded session, the passwords to access the recording will be available within one week after the “live” session.


What platform are you using for the webinars?

    We are using the Zoom platform. Links to your chosen webinars will be sent to your email approximately 24 hours before they are scheduled to go "live". Please add brewsandceus@nmota.org to your address book, so as to make sure those emails don't end up in your junk mail folder.


Will the webinars be recorded? 

    Yes. You can register for live or past (recorded) sessions. The link to the recording and the password will be emailed to registered attendees 24-48hrs after the event. If you register for a past event, we will also send you the link and password. Only links to the recordings will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page.


How many CEUs can I earn from participating in the webinar sessions?

    Our sessions run between 1.0 and 1.5 hours, so it will differ depending on how many sessions you attend. If you participate in all of them, and the additional 30-minute self-study session, you could potentially earn 15.5 continuing education credits. You can register for live or past (recorded) sessions. You will earn CEUs for every session you register for. 


Are the CEUs approved by the state regulatory board?

    Yes, the CEU application has been approved by the NM Occupational Therapy Board. 


When will certificates be handed out?

    Certificates and an agenda will be emailed to each participant at the end of August and at the end of September. You will keep track of the amount of CEUs you earned by participating in the series. Keep the agenda to submit to the State if necessary. 

If you have any questions that weren't answered here, please email them to brewsandceus@nmota.org.


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