Introduction to Complementary Health Approaches and Integrative Health in Occupational Therapy

About the Course
This basic course will define complementary health approaches and integrative health (CHAIH) and describe how to incorporate these approaches with the occupational therapy process, according to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 4th Edition (AOTA, 2020c). Additionally, this basic introductory course will describe common complementary approaches for enhancing occupational therapy practice while addressing the contraindications, precautions, and cultural, and ethical considerations. Further continuing education and training in complementary health approaches is required to ensure service competency for Occupational Therapy Practitioners.

Learning Objectives 
  • Define the terms allopathic (conventional), alternative, complementary, and integrative health.
  • Identify the role of complementary health approaches within the scope of Occupational Therapy practice.
  • Describe how occupational Therapy practitioners can incorporate common complementary health approaches to enhance client outcomes.
  • Apply the use of complementary health approaches within the OTPF-4; Practice Framework for Occupational Therapy Health Promotion.
  • Explain the benefits, contraindications, and precautions for the use of select complementary health approaches when incorporated into Occupational Therapy.
About the Author
Carol Myers, OTR, received a bachelor of psychology from the University of California-Berkeley, bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and master of arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Westminster, CO. Carol has been an occupational therapist for 38 years, working in skilled nursing, acute care, pediatric medical therapy units, home health (pediatric and adult), and outpatient facilities, as well as in school settings. Carol is a certified Health and Wellness coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She has published numerous articles for ADVANCE since 2003, and developed three webinars on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for therapists and Quality Indicators in SNFs Related to Function. Carol taught in the first occupational therapy program in Vietnam, and has consulted in two special needs classes in India and at an autism center in Nepal in 2019.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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