Quality Indicators for Therapists

in Educational Settings

Registration is Open

October 20, 2022 1-4:30 p.m. Pacific

October 21, 2022 8-4:30 p.m. Pacific

Supporting School Participation for All Students: A Systematic Approach to Advanced Professional Reasoning, Professional Development Planning, and Program Evaluation and Improvement

The Quality Indicators in School Practice, QISP is developed for Occupational Therapists. PT Core Competencies will also be shared. Goals and benchmarks for quality service may be applied to OTs, PTs and SLPS. Teams are encouraged to attend and to share.

This is a live workshop event based on Quality Indicators in School Practice, QISP, sponsored by RSOI and Columbia Regional Inclusive Services.

Meet Your Instructors, Co-Authors of Quality Indicators for School-Based Practice

Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Swinth is a Professor and Program Director at the University of Puget Sound. With more than 30years experience working in pediatrics, primarily in school-based settings, she has not only provided services for children (birth to 21yrs), but has been involved in the development of programs, grant writing, leadership activities, completed research projects, and worked on different local and national committees. Currently, her scholarship has addressed the development and implementation of Quality Indicators for School-Based Practice, the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms, and how to build resilience in children and families that have experienced trauma. She is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section, has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists, and has authored several chapters in books on this topic. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy: Schools and Early Intervention.

Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Dr. Laverdure is assistant professor and program director of the developing Occupational Therapy Program at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She has worked with children and youth and their families across the care continuum from neonatal intensive care and inpatient and outpatient services to early intervention and school services in roles of provider, consultant, and program administrator. Dr. Laverdure’s research focuses on knowledge translation and science implementation in education-based practice and scholarship of teaching and learning in occupational therapy education. She has worked to develop resources to support the development and translation of occupational therapy theory and practice knowledge and advance the professional development and competencies of occupational therapy practitioners. She co-developed the Quality Indicators for School-Based Practice and is conducting research to advance their utility for advance clinical reasoning, innovation, and outcome advancement in educational practice. She currently serves as the Chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Special Interest Section Council.

Course Description

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to

  1. Examine and discuss programmatic, measurable, and evidence-based indicators of effective practice in educational settings.
  2. Describe how professional guidelines and quality indicators provide a framework for professional reasoning of school-based practitioners.
  3. Use professional guidance resources to reflect on effective therapy practice and outcomes in schools, and design effective practice advancement plans at the individual, school, and/or system level.

School-based practitioners use a myriad of tools to articulate the value of their service and promote healthy engagement for clients and society, improve client health, wellness, and satisfaction, and advocate for client needs in traditional and nontraditional care settings. However, measuring sometimes immeasurable phenomena in programs can be challenging, and is particularly so in educational practice for which practices is characterized by collaborative relationships with educational teams and caregivers, attention to academic and functional skill progression, and intervention that supports participation across a wide variety of environments. Professional guidance documents and quality indicators may practitioners and stakeholders a mechanism to examine practice across all areas of engagement, consider its contextual meaning, and illustrate the principles in practice. They can provide a baseline to strengthen the profession's knowledge of practice, reduce the knowledge to practice gap, provide practice data for practitioner reflection and best practice decision-making, help with the development of professional reasoning specific to a practice setting, and provide practitioners and their stakeholders a deepened and consistent understanding of what effective service delivery looks like in a school context.

Over the course of the day and a half of large and small group discussion, individuals and teams will examine guidance documents and quality indicators that illustrate effective practice in educational settings. We will share evidence-based reflection strategies that empower critical thinking and professional reasoning and enable analysis of practice and program outcomes (i.e., program processes and outcomes, evaluation and intervention approaches, staff develop needs, leadership and advocacy efforts, and team collaboration). We will guide the individual and team establishment of practice and program development action steps aimed at increasing efficacy and efficiency of services, improving professional practice patterns, and improving student outcomes.

Conference Registration Fees

Register Early: Space is Limited

  • $179 for 1-1/2 day event EARLY BIRD Registration only by September 30, 2022.
  • $199 for 1-1/2 day event after September 30, 2022

One-day registration is not available.

Lunch is not provided.

Note: Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. Please have payment ready when you register.

There is no refund on cancellations after October 14, 2022.

Certificates of Attendance for 10.25 contact hour credits will be issued via email after the seminar.


Workshop Location:

Columbia Regional Inclusive Services

833 NE 74th Avenue

Portland OR 97213

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Regional and Statewide Services for Students with Orthopedic Impairments

1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Suite 110

Roseburg, OR 97470