Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Upcoming events

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 21 Apr 2018
    • UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

    The Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies and Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center are proud to present

    2nd Annual Concussion Diagnosis and Management

    Active Treatment Using a Care Team Approach

    A concussion seminar for professionals providing care to patients who suffer concussions

    Click here for more information

    For Full Brochure Click Here

    April 20: 7:30 am–5:30 pm
    April 21: 7:30 am–11:30 am

    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
    50 Warren Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Register online at
    or call 978-287-8940.

    • 05 May 2018
    • 06 May 2018

    The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute

    is proud to present the following workshops at the

    Hilton Garden Inn, Providence, RI:

     Sat/Sun May 5 & 6, 2018

    Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing

    This workshop is especially designed for O.T.s, other allied and licensed mental health professionals, and yoga therapists who would like to learn how to incorporate Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® into their clinical practices to facilitate healing from combat stress, PTSD, anxiety, and related ANS disorders. The course will be presented by Lynn Stoller, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT 500 and Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200, and will present the science/evidence base, theoretical model, guidelines for practice as well as the specific yoga forms, movements, breathing, and meditation techniques to implement the program. Participants will be taught both mat and chair versions of the program, as well as strategies for teaching the program to groups of individuals with mixed mobility levels. The workshop is highly experiential and includes a 130-page, detailed manual.  The course qualifies for 14 NBCOT PDUs/14 Contact Hours; please inquire for other professions. Yoga experience is not required; however, those with limited or no experience are especially encouraged to also enroll in the Friday evening workshop, described below. 


    Friday Evening, May 4

    Introduction to Yoga for Health Professionals

    This evening course pairs well with the 2-day workshop and will present a brief introduction to yoga philosophy, a shortened Sensory-Enhanced Yoga class, and will devote the lion’s share of the time to providing training and supervised practice specifically with regard to how to teach the mat versions of several key classic yoga forms beyond the practice time allotted for these forms during the 2-day workshop.  It is especially recommended for those who have limited or no experience teaching yoga, but also serves well as a “refresher course” for yoga instructors.  Both courses can “stand alone”- there are no prerequisites.  This course will be taught by Ellen Schaeffer, B.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200.

     The workshops are hosted by the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute, which you can learn about here: and on Facebook, here: .  

     The direct link to the Workshop Registration Page is here:

     Please note that the deadline for registration for these courses is April 20 (or when filled- space is limited). We also have secured a group hotel rate at the venue for a limited number of rooms.



    Lynn Stoller, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

    Lynn is the founding President of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.  She has a special interest in war-related sensory processing disorders and yoga as a treatment modality.  Lynn has trained yoga instructors and health professionals in sensory-based yoga techniques for combat stress and PTSD since 2008. Lynn is associate investigator and co-author of the Iraq yoga study, “Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel” (Stoller, Greuel, Cimini, Fowler, and Koomar, Jan/Feb 2012 AJOT).  Her program evolved from the highly successful treatment protocol used in the study, which Lynn co-developed. Lynn was an influential faculty member of two pioneering veteran/military yoga organizations, Yoga Warriors (2008-2011) and Warriors at Ease (2011-2016), and continues to serve as a mentor to students within Warriors at Ease. Lynn is also an occupational therapist at Cotting School in Lexington, MA, where she first discovered the healing power of yoga for adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, ADHD, sensory modulation disorders, and related ANS disorders.  Lynn is a 300-hr. and 800-hr. graduate of the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, a Level 2 iRest® practitioner, and is also an IAYT-certified yoga therapist and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She has been teaching therapeutic yoga classes for veterans in her local community for several years.

    Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200

    Trisha is certified as an iRest®, Warriors at Ease and Yoga Warriors instructor and thus brings a remarkable depth of expertise to her trauma-sensitive yoga work with veterans and other traumatized populations. She has been a Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor since 2003 and is a YACEP (YA qualified continuing education provider). Trisha worked with Annie Okerlin from 2012-2014, leading and assisting with iRest® and trauma-sensitive (adaptive) yoga classes for the Exalted Warrior Foundation at Yogani Studio and at the Poly Trauma Unit and Assisted Living Facility at James A. Haley VA Hospital. She also led classes for veterans through Team Red, White & Blue (at Yogani Studio) during that timeframe. In the fall of 2014, Trisha initiated and currently leads and manages an on-going public, donation-based iRest® program at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan, which is taught by a community of iRest® instructors. Trisha also recently provided iRest® yoga intervention for a sleep study that produced positive results and was subsequently published in 2016 in the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research.  Trisha has a Masters in Fine Arts with a media background as a writer and editor, which she does part time as well as Forex and futures trading. In addition, Trisha is an experienced licensed massage therapist (NY#006843) with special training from the AMTA for massage for emergency responders (traumatized recipients of massage). Trisha serves as a faculty member of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.

     Ellen Schaeffer, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

    Ellen is the director of Integrative Yoga Therapy’s 200-hour affiliate program and a faculty member of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.  Founder and owner of One Yoga Center in Foster, Rhode Island, Ellen has taught yoga for more than 20 years and trained yoga teachers for 10 years. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500-hour level and is certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy as a Professional Yoga Therapist at the 1000 hour level. In addition to her yoga education, Ellen has an educational and professional foundation in psychology and human development.  She is passionate about fusing the teachings of Eastern and Western psychology into her yoga therapy practice and is especially called to work with individuals experiencing psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges.  This includes work on a psychiatric inpatient unit.

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 09 Jun 2018

    Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach

    June 8-9, 2018

    Canton, MA

    Course Description: Dynamic two day lab intensive course designed for therapists working with children from birth to adolescence who have Neuromuscular Disorders with severe physical involvement (GMFCS Levels IV and V) including diagnoses of Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Disorders and other Neuromuscular Conditions.

    Course Instructor: Linda Kliebhan

    Course Brochure: Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach Brochure

    Register for Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement June 8-9, 2018

    Contact: Education Resources, Inc. 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside MA) or

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Manchester, NH

    Right Hand Therapy

     See full brochure here: RHT 2018 Course Offerings Brochure.pdf

    “Current Evidence for Rehabilitation of the Repaired Tendon”

    June 9th

    Cost: $285

    CEUs: 8
    Instructor: April O’Connell, OT/L, CHT

    Target Audience: Intermediate to advanced level practitioners (OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs)

    This course is geared toward the intermediate to advanced level practitioner and will provide exceptional hands-on learning about flexor and extensor tendon rehabilitation.  During the morning session the course will cover extensor tendon rehabilitation, and in the afternoon session flexor tendon repairs including “Proof-of-Concept” will be discussed.  Both sessions include orthotic fabrication labs.  Understanding the various approaches to tendon repair rehabilitation is complex and challenging – this course aims to present the latest and greatest evidence, including clinical pearls for digital nerve involvement, scar management, and cortical re-patterning.  Learners will confidently splint and rehabilitate the most challenging of tendon repairs with knowledge of the latest trends in research.  This is a course you will not want to miss!!

      “Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) for Occupational Therapists: Preparation for Certification”

    June 9 & 10 and September 15 & 16

    Cost: $475 Prep for Certification

    $325 2-day Live Workshop only ($375 if book included)

    CEUs: 16-24 (24 hours includes web component, 16 hours is

    2-day Live Workshop only)
    Willow Henry, PT, DPT, CWS, CLT
    Target Audience: OTs, COTAs,  refresher for PTs, PTAs, CHTs

    Physical agent modalities (PAMs) can be a valuable adjunct treatment to enhance outcomes of patients receiving therapy services.  This course is geared toward OTs and aims to educate the therapist in how to incorporate safe and effective application of PAMs into their current clinical practice.  The course consists of a web-based component, and a 2-day live workshop for lab demonstration and practice opportunities.  This course follows NH state guidelines for PAMs certification including the required 15 hrs in electrical stimulation education, and 6 hours in ultrasound education (Note: participants will still have to complete supervision requirements following the course to apply for certification)

    "Simply, the Wrist"

    October 20th

    Framingham, MA

    Cost: $240

    CEUs: 8
    Instructor: Lisa Owen,

    Target Audience:  intermediate level practitioners (OTs, PTs, and CHTs)

     This course will provide the participant with exceptional hands-on learning about the carpal joints, pathology, evaluation, and emerging concepts in conservative wrist rehabilitation interventions. Understanding the wrist is complex – this presentation aims to simplify the learning process with the use of anatomical models and hands on practice opportunities. It is important for the therapist to fully understand this joint’s complex biomechanics and sensorimotor system that impacts alignment and function. Once this foundation has been established, participants will learn how to perform a basic clinical evaluation, and then learn how to create and execute an appropriate plan of care utilizing various fun, functional, and evidenced-based treatment interventions.  There will be a hands-on splint fabrication demo/lab and participants will also receive a FREE carpal puzzle model as part of this course!\

    “Hand Therapy for the Non-Hand Therapist”

    November 3rd

    Manchester, NH

    Cost: $225

    CEUs: 8

    Instructor: Danielle Amero, OTR/L, CHT

    Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs and new grads

    This one day course is designed to help therapists practicing in any setting improve their
    knowledge of hands and upper extremity care. This course will provide the participant with hands-on learning about the upper quarter including anatomy, pathology, evaluation, and emerging concepts in treatment. This presentation aims to simplify the learning process with the use of anatomical models and hands-on practice opportunities, including a manual therapy lab. Participants will have an opportunity to master clinical evaluation skills, brush up on special testing, and then learn how to create and execute an appropriate plan of
    care utilizing current, evidenced-based treatment interventions. Whether you are a new grad, home health, acute care, mental health, or outpatient therapist, you won’t want to miss this course!

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • Weymouth, MA

    Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child

    September 28-29, 2018

    Weymouth, MA

    Course Description: Clinicians in this dynamic two day course will be taught the necessary components of a comprehensive evaluation of feeding problems. This includes those encountered by children with oral motor dysfunction, oral motor inexperience, oral hypersensitivity, behavioral rigidity and anxiety as seen in children with cardiac issues, prematurity, ASD, syndromes and SPD.

    Course Instructor: Mary Tarbell-Bickley, M.ED, CCC-SLP

    Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders Brochure   

    Register for the September 28-29, 2018 Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Feeding Disorders

    Contact: Education Resources, Inc. 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside MA) or

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 07 Oct 2018
    • Boston, MA

    In VM1 you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral's innovative approach.

    Course Highlights:

    • Learn manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity. 
    • Explore the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments. 
    • Examine the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. 
    • Assess the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern. 

    Save up to $200 with early registration.

    Contact:  866-522-7725 or

MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
57 Madison Road, Waltham, MA  02453 - Phone: 781.647.5556 - Email:

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