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A conversation with Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

Moderated by Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L

Live: Friday, December 9, 2022 11am – 12pm EST

Recording available by Monday, December 12, 2022

Description: Interoception is an underlooked and often poorly understood system of neurological functioning that provides the foundation for self-regulation. When impacted by trauma, interoception underlies many common experiences including chronic dysregulation, self-harm, addictions, anxiety/depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, obesity, chronic pain and somatic symptoms. This talk will discuss the connection between interoception and self-regulation and examine the impact trauma can have on interoceptive functioning and behaviors. Evidence-based interoceptive supports will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the 2022 LiveTalk Series participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how to increase mental health knowledge for occupational therapy professionals across settings
  2. Recognize relationship and developmental based mental health models that compliment Sensory Integration intervention
  3. Select intervention modalities and models that support mental health while utilizing Sensory Integration principles

By the end of this discussion, part 9 of 10 in the 2022 LiveTalk Series, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how interoception relates to self-regulation
  2. Understand the impact that trauma has on the interoceptive system
  3. Identify how to incorporate interoception-based supports into an Occupational Therapy intervention

About the Speaker: Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored:

Disclosure: Dr. Mahler will not be compensated for this talk.

Course Level: Introductory

Audience: OT/ OTA, PT /PTA, SLP, psychologists, educators, parents

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes. Foundational Knowledge: Social Determinants of Health

Contact Hours: This conversation is worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs. The full series has been approved for 10 contact hours or 1.0 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive credit for this course you must listen to the discussion in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

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Continuing Education: Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants: 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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