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Featuring: Mary-Margaret Windsor, ScD, OTR/L
originally recorded January 28, 2019

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness bundle.

Description: Occupational therapists work in wide range of culturally diverse practice settings both domestically and abroad, often serving very disadvantaged populations. Managing cultural role expectations with other team members as well as families and caregivers to provide “Expert” care can present unique challenges, especially for women therapists. How do you manage these collaborations? What is the OT role in these partnerships and how can we navigate them effectively to be the “Expert”? This live talk will address these and other questions surrounding the where, when, how and why to successful collaboration in environments where occupational therapists may be challenged to “be the expert” and must navigate cultural differences. Case studies will be used to illustrate the successes and challenges of these culturally diverse collaborations.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 key strategies to use in culturally diverse collaborations to promote OT in the “Expert” role.
  2. State 3 cultural differences which may present barriers to occupational therapists taking an expert collaborative role.
  3. Identify 3 potential personnel who may be part of a collaborative team.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants.

Domain: Context and Environment
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mary-Margert Windsor has over 40 years experience working with children with sensory and neuromuscular problems.  She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT).  She received her doctoral degree from Boston University where she was a faculty member teaching pediatrics.  She was also a faculty member of Sensory Integration International and taught the SIPT certifaction courses, particularly sensory integration theory.  For the past twenty years she has been involved in humanitarian work, primarily working as an Occupational Therapy Consultant for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.  She has worked in orphanages and institutions in numerous countries including China, Russia, Romania, Azurbijan, Jamaica and Croatia among others.  She often conducts initial needs assessments and facilitates capacity building through provision of knowledge and treatment strategies to the institutions professional and personal caregivers (doctors, therapists, nurse-caregivers). She has extensive experience developing model programs for early identification and intervention for vulnerable children who no longer live with parents or families.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

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Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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