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Powerful Practice: Planning and Implementing Authentic Occupational Therapy Services

November 7 @ 8:30 am - November 9 @ 4:30 pm

$345.00 – $695.00

Presented by Professor Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OT, FAOTA

Early Bird pricing available until August 31, 2019!


This 3-day course is ideal for occupational therapy clinicians, educators, students, and researchers who want to do more to harness the power of occupation and implement authentic occupational therapy services. The course is based on the idea that occupational therapists:

    • are challenged to deal with and overcome the many constraints they face in practice, education, and research,
    • want to experience ownership and pride in what they do,
    • have a deep need – a longing – to practice as occupational therapists and advance our profession.

This course is based on the text, Powerful Practice: A Model for Authentic Occupational Therapy (Fisher & Marterella, 2019). The intent of this text is to offer occupational therapy clinicians, educators, students, and researchers with a practical and accessible guide to providing occupational therapy services across settings. Building on this text, the course will address how occupational therapists:

    • overcome, minimize, or work around the constraints they face in practice;
    • reason about the complexity of occupation using the new Transactional Model of Occupation, one that is informed by occupational science;
    • critically evaluate the evaluation and intervention methods they use and consider how they can modify their practices to ensure they are legitimate for use in authentic occupational therapy;
    • use the Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM) to guide the implementation of authentic occupational therapy services;
    • implement observation-based performance analysis of their clients’ quality of occupational performance; and
    • accumulate practice-based evidence to support the power of occupation.

Download The Powerful Practice sample materials

The course content progresses step-by-step through the phases of the occupational therapy process. Lectures, video case examples, discussions, and extensive opportunities to practice enable the course participants to reflect on and learn strategies they can apply to improve their practice, educational activities, and research. The occupational therapists who take this course find that they leave inspired to embrace their unique expertise as occupational therapists and to make their practice more centered on occupation.

Included in this course will be a discussion of the similarities and differences between (a) CMOP-E and the Transactional Model of Occupation, and the (b) OPPF and the OTIPM. Fisher will also address how enabling skills can be linked to the intervention models included in the OTIPM.

Powerful Practice Course Overview

Every participant will receive a copy of Powerful Practice: A Model for Authentic Occupational Therapy (value $108), and a certificate of completion.

Lunch & refreshment breaks included.

About the Presenter

Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OT, FAOTA  

Professor Fisher is Founder of the Center for Innovative OT Solutions (CIOTS). Anne is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University and holds an honorary doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden. She has published 115 articles in refereed professional journals and 50 books or book chapters. She is a member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and she was the 1997 recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship. Most recently, she was the American Occupational Therapy Association honored her as one of 100 people who influenced occupational therapy’s 100-year history.

Anne has a passion for puzzles. Some of her other passions include traveling, enjoying good food and wine, and socializing with others. When dining with her occupational therapy colleagues around the world, the conversations often turn to solving the puzzles related to everyday occupational therapy practice. These conversations and her 50 years of experience as an occupational therapist, occupational scientist, and educator inspired her to develop innovative assessments of quality of occupational performance and the Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM). More recently, she co-wrote, and along with Abbey Marterella, new innovative new book, Powerful Practice: A Model for Authentic Occupational Therapy. The OTIPM and this most recent book emerged as a solution to a puzzle — how to harness the full power of occupation in practice, education, and research.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Accommodations at our group rate are available below. Holiday Inn Conference Center, Edmonton South, just 5 minutes away! Rate of $127/night includes fees & a complimentary hot breakfast


November 7 @ 8:30 am
November 9 @ 4:30 pm
$345.00 – $695.00
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Healthcare Solutions, Edmonton, AB
2nd Floor, 5920 Gateway Blvd
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
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Powerful Practice SAOT Associate Member$745.00 $695.00
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Powerful Practice SAOT Member Student$395.00 $345.00
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Powerful Practice, Group Rate Accommodations Holiday Inn South$382.00Group Rate Accommodations Holiday Inn South (Nov 6, 7, 8 - three nights including breakfast)