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Featuring: Lindsey Byrd, MS, OTR/L & Dorothy Richardson, PhD
originally recorded February 11, 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: Attachment issues are increasingly more prevalent in families today. The reasons are wide and varied. This month’s LiveTalk will discuss the collaboration of psychologists and occupational therapists in the treatment of children with complex trauma and attachment concerns. Through presentation of a case study and guided discussion, representatives from each discipline will examine the case with their individual treatment lens. Our guest speakers will discuss how they work together to address the individual’s and family’s goals within their treatment sessions and how they collaborate together to support the family and child. How did this collaboration come to be? What are the challenges of sharing the “Expert” role? This live talk will address these and other questions surrounding the where, when, how and why to successful collaboration between psychologists and occupational therapists.

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

  1. Identify 3 steps to building a relationship between psychologists and occupational therapists
  2. State 3 challenges to effective collaboration between psychologists and occupational therapists
  3. Identify 3 key strategies to use in interdisciplinary collaborations to foster common goal achievement

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 Speakers: Lindsey Byrd is an Occupational Therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. Lindsey earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to joining the OTA team, she worked with infants and toddlers and their caregivers through Early Intervention services. Lindsey has received training in DIR/Floor-time, Therapeutic Listening, and the S.O.S Approach to Feeding and is actively pursuing a Program for Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration (PESCI) certification.

Dorothy T. Richardson is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist, Adjunct Professor at UMass Boston Department of Psychology and Program Director of UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship.  Dr Richardson founded the first community-based outpatient infant-parent mental health clinic in the Boston area, The Rice Center for Young Children and Families at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy where she served as clinical director for 7 years. Dr Richardson has worked with young children and their families for over 30 years in teaching, research and clinical capacity.

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

Continuing Education:

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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