2023 LiveTalk Series: Mentoring in The Art of Therapy – Developing the Therapeutic Relationship



Peg Ingolia, OTD, MS, OTR
Moderated by Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded Jan 2023

LiveTalks are hour long discussions between an expert speaker and SPIRAL moderator.

SPIRAL Members: This LiveTalk is lesson 1 in the 2023 LiveTalk Series: Mentoring in the Art of Therapy course

Description: The relationship between client and therapist is the cornerstone on which all occupational therapy interventions are founded. When client-therapist relationships are strong and center on trust, mutual respect, empathy, and shared goals, outcomes are positive. In this Live Talk, we will explore the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and its multifaceted role within Ayres Sensory Integration®; serving not only as a foundation for intervention, but also as a means by which therapeutic change occurs. Our speaker-mentor will share strategies for building rapport, establishing a safe environment, setting therapeutic intentions, and founding and maintaining a therapeutic alliance throughout the intervention process. Time for question and answer with our speaker-mentor will be provided.

Learning objectives: By the end of this LiveTalk participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the therapeutic alliance.
  2. Understand the role of the therapist-client relationship in the outcome of intervention.
  3. Identify strategies for developing and maintaining the therapeutic relationship.

By the end of this series participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what it means to be child-led.
  2. Identify ways to establish safety and trust with clients using a sensory integration-based framework.
  3. Define the ‘just-right’ challenge
  4. Identify when a therapeutic activity requires modification.

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

Suitable For: OT, PT, SLP, OTA, PTA, Educators, Parents

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes. Foundational Knowledge: Human Body, Development, and Behavior.

Contact Hours: This conversations is worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.  To earn contact hours or AOTA CEUs for each Live Talk, participants must attend or view the online session in its entirety (accessible via a Zoom link), and successfully complete the accompanying quiz.

About the Speaker: Dr. Ingolia’s extensive clinical background includes program development and oversight, client intervention, and educational opportunities within private practice, hospital, community, and school settings. Mentoring among therapists of all experience levels is a special interest and one such interprofessional mentoring experience led to a current project, the development of an interprofessional practice model within a specialty sensory integration clinic. Additional academic and scholarly efforts include equitable supports for families and communities experiencing sensory processing disorders and trauma, with particular interest in the effects of trauma on the occupations of parents, the subject of Dr. Ingolia’s doctoral study.

Disclosure: No disclosures.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at admin@thespiralfoundation.org or (617) 969-4410 ext. 282.

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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