Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Upcoming events

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

    Building Resilience:  Quality of Life through Occupational Therapy

    October 26, 2018

    Four Points By Sheraton Norwood


    Keynote address by Richard Mangino


    Richard Mangino, 65, lost his arms and legs in 2002 after contracting a blood infection from an undetected kidney stone. In October, Bohdan Pomahac supervised a double hand transplant for Mangino. The Revere native can now open and close his fingers. “I look at the other person’s eyes when they see my hands for the first time,” he says. “It’s like they’re looking at magic.”

    It gives you a cold sweat when you’re taking a face off the donor,” Bohdan Pomahac says. He should know. As the head of the plastic surgery transplant team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pomahac this year oversaw three separate procedures in which a patient received a brand-new face. Oh, and he also supervised a transplant that resulted in an amputee getting two new hands.

    Pomahac is a man of science, of course, but he gets a little mystical when describing the intricate process. First he has to cut away the donor’s tissue. After the face is removed, it’s transferred to a preservative solution that makes it appear ghostlike. “It’s pale, there is no color in the lips; it’s almost gray,” Pomahac says. “And then we bring it over here to the hospital and connect the vessels that provide the inflow and outflow of blood. That’s the magical moment. You see the blood rushing in, and suddenly a wave of pigment spreads through the face from one side to the other. You can’t believe it’s happening.”

    After seeing successful face transplants in Europe, Pomahac became convinced that he could do the procedure here. The biggest challenge, he says, was proving to the hospital that these non-lifesaving surgeries were a worthy endeavor. Yes, the patients may be alive, he argued, but what kind of lives were they living? “There is no functional prosthetic for the face. These are the aspects of human life that we can restore,” he says. And “no matter what prosthesis you have, the hand is not just something that’s mechanical. You want to touch your family or loved ones.”

    After convincing the teaching hospital to develop the plastic surgery transplant program, Pomahac had to persuade the transplant-organ community to allow him to harvest donor tissues. He then raised millions of dollars and worked with healthcare providers to get his patients covered for the immunosuppressant drugs they’d need to prevent rejection.

    Exhibitors and Sponsors

    We Gratefully Acknowledge the Support of

    Participating Exhibitors and Sponsors!

    American International College


    Bay Path University

    Home Modification Loan Program

    Image Sportswear

    Manus Robotics, Inc.

    MAOT, Inc.


    MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Natale Co. & Safety Care


    Oakley Home Access

    Partners HealthCare at Home/Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    Perkins Library

    Regis College

    REquipment DME & AT Reuse Program, Inc.

    Salem State University

    Shriners Hospitals for Children - Springfield

    Western New England University


    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 31 Jan 2019

    Spring 2019 Electives

    Occupational Therapy Department

    574 Boston Avenue, Medford Campus


    OTS 230-01/ED 0252-01 Running Effective Groups:  An Interdisciplinary Experience

    This interdisciplinary course explores the structure, dynamics, communication, and action patterns of small groups.  Classes and readings will focus on theories of small group functioning and elements of group process that lead to effective group formation, development, and closure.  Group experiences in class will assist in integrating theoretical learning, building upon skills in group observation, leadership, and individual membership.  Understanding personal dynamics with organizational culture in relation to group development in small and large group systems will also be addressed.  Interprofessional team functioning is used to illustrate the impact of group dynamics on outcomes in a variety of contexts including education, health care, and community settings.  The class will be part of its own laboratory in small group dynamics. Maximum enrollment 12.  Prerequisite:  Graduate student and consent.

    Dr. Sharan L. Schwartzberg, Mondays 4:30-7:30 p.m. beginning January 21, 2019.

    OTS 275-01 Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation II

    This graduate level course is team taught by Tufts faculty and specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital's Hand and Upper Extremity Service. Topics covered include tendon anatomy, injury, intervention protocols and splinting; as well as peripheral nerve injury, sensibility, wound healing and physical agent modalities. This course is part of a four course Certificate in Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy. Students may begin in the spring or the fall. Students are not required to participate in all four courses if not electing to pursue the Certificate

    Dr. Janet Brooks, Mondays 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Mon January 21, 2019.


    OTS-291 Physiology of Exercise and Human Performance

    This course is open to graduate students and undergraduates who have completed a course in biology or physiology. The course is roughly divided into four interrelated parts. The first emphasizes nutritional biochemistry with a review of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, the production of ATP and the expenditure of energy during rest and exercise.  The second part of the course reviews the neuromuscular system, particularly the mechanical aspects of muscle contraction and regulation of the strength and velocity of a contraction by muscle receptors interacting with the nervous system. The third part covers the cardiovascular and respiratory systems at rest and during exercise and their adaptations to training. Finally, examples of strength and aerobic training programs and their physiologic effects are covered along with environmental factors that affect physical performance.

    Dr. Paul Leavis, Thursdays 4:30-7:30 beginning Thursday January 17, 2019,

    Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management for Older Adults
    Health management for older adults is a major issue in contemporary society.  Policy, economics, organizational structure, and clinical care are intermingled in responding on societal, institutional, and clinical levels.  This course will challenge the inquisitive and creative student to approach the health of the older adult by addressing these complex issues.  It will focus on effective outcomes and understanding the range of roles professionals may adopt.  It will provide the knowledge base and skill set necessary for interdisciplinary professional practice.  It seeks a wide range of graduate and post-graduate students. Please email if you are interested in learning more about this course.  It is taught by Dr. David Satin and an interdisciplinary team at Harvard Medical School on the Longwood campus.  The course will be offered in 15 weekly sessions from January 24 through May 2, 2019 (accommodation can be made for students whose academic calendars do not match the specific dates).  It will meet Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 P.M., in the Minot Room of the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical Area, Boston.


    OTS 284 Therapy in Schools: Best Practice

    This asynchronous online course will focus on both ‘big picture’ issues related to educationally relevant service provision in light of current legislation as well as day-to-day practical application of providing these educationally relevant services. Topics include the changing role of occupational therapy in schools, pertinent legislation, and core competencies. An occupation-centered evaluation process and an examination of the evidence base on interventions for supporting students along the least restrictive continuum will be a focus. Online learning responsibilities include completion of weekly learning modules, participation in online discussions, and a final online presentation.

    Dr. Margaret (Peg) Morris, for more information please email Peg at

    Registration:  Graduate Career Advancement Program at or 617-627-3395.  Please contact the instructors for course questions at 617-627-5720 or via email

    • 02 Nov 2018
    • 03 Nov 2018
    • Canton, MA

    Course Description: The focus of this course is to learn effective treatment strategies that are designed to help individuals with sensory processing disorders (SPD) lead full and productive lives. This intensive conference will provide clinicians with dynamic state of the art intervention strategies that support integration of sensation. Presentation of current neurobiology of the vestibular systems central role in sub-cortical and cortical intercommunication and related research are reviewed. Assessment strategies and intervention methods that are intended to:

    •  Improve sensory modulation
    •  Enhance vestibular function and postural skills
    • Optimize social readiness
    • Synchronize the organization and sequencing of motor skills and behavior as needed for optimal function in time and space

    Course Instructor: Lise Gerard-Faulise

    Treatment of Children with Sensory, Regulation and Motor Challenges: Understanding the Influence of Movement, Rhythms and Emotion Brochure

    Register for the November 2-3, 2018 Treatment of Children with Sensory, Regulation and Motor Challenges: Understanding the Influence of Movement, Rhythms and Emotion

    Contact: Education Resources, Inc. 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside MA) or

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • 4:15 PM
    • Boston’s South Shore, Rockland, MA at Mulcahey Occupational Therapy

    Introduction to Integrative Manual Therapy, Focus on NeuroFascial Process and Myofascial Release.

    2 Day Seminar coming to Boston’s South Shore, Rockland, MA at Mulcahey Occupational Therapy

    Saturday and Sunday November 3rd and November 4th,

    $225 for the Entire Weekend!

    For More Information and To Register:

    Or call 508-557-1442

    Course Title: Introduction to Integrative Manual Therapy

    Course Instructor and Sponsor: Heather Mulcahey, MA, OT, IMT,C, RYT


    Day One:

    8:00 am- 9:00 am: arrival and registration

    9:00 am – 10:30 am: Introduction, Lecture and Demonstration of Postural Assessment

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Morning Break

    10:45 am – 12:30 pm: Introduction to Neurofascial Process; Significance of individual

    NFP Centers (lecture, demo, short lab to locate Process Centers)

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: NFP Protocols (lecture & demo)

    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Break

    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Lab on NFP Protocols

    4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Review; questions/answers

    Day Two:

    9:00 am – 10:30am: Review of Day One;

    Introduction to Myofascial Release (Weiselfish Model)

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Morning Break

    10:45 am – 12:30 pm: Soft Tissue Myofascial Release Lecture, Demonstration, Lab

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Continuation of Soft Tissue MFR Lab; MFR Diaphragm Releases

    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Break

    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: MFR Protocols, Lecture, Demonstration, Lab

    4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Review & Summary; questions/answers

    Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) was developed by Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo PhD, PT, IMTC, in the 1980s as a gentle, hands on therapy that seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes for acute and chronic pain and dysfunction in the body. Work with Integrative Manual Therapy will facilitate improved structural alignment resulting in improved functional performance in chosen daily activities.

    This class presents NeuroFascial Process and Myofascial Release (Weiselfish Model), two approaches to the connective tissue system which reduce strain patterns and other disturbances in the fascia and related soft tissues for improve ROM, improved flexibility, decreased pain, and improved function.

    For More Information and To Register:

    Mulcahey Occupational Therapy

    140 Union Street,

    Rockland, MA 02370


    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 16 Nov 2018
    • Sheraton Framingham Hotel, MA

    Therapies in the School Conference

    November 15-16, 2018 - Sheraton Framingham Hotel, MA

    If you are a new grad, new to working in the school setting, or a seasoned therapist you will want to join us at this year’s annual school-based conference.

    This year’s conference will focus on best practices in the school setting to help you make service decisions for children from pre-school through high school. Morning sessions focus on Mindfulness and other readiness strategies woven into the classroom, and how to train your students’ Interoception skills to assist with self-regulation, language, social participation, and emotional wellbeing. Choose among sessions such as the art of the IEP, developing and assisting writing skills, how to collaborate with the team, sensory modulation, praxis, motor issues as they affect learning, as well addressing the preschooler who is not keeping up. Recent grads and those who are new to working in schools are encouraged to attend the “Support for Beginning Practice: School-Based Therapy 101” afternoon workshop. Learn how to gain support for your beginning practice, navigate school-based therapy, and network and connect with fellow therapists in a small group setting.

    Renowned speakers include: Judith Kimball PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Kim Wiggins OTR/L, Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, and returning by popular demand: Anne Buckley Reen, OTR, RYT, Susan Cecere, PT, MHS, Jenn Colebourn MSPT, DPT and Julie Goff, MSPT, DPT.

    For more information, CEU details, to download a brochure, or to register click HERE.

Past events

06 Oct 2018 John F. Barnes’ Pediatric Myofascial Release
04 Oct 2018 Barral's Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 (VM1) is Coming to Boston October 4-7, 2018 - 24 CE's
28 Sep 2018 Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child
15 Sep 2018 Current Evidence for Rehabilitation of the Repaired Tendon
08 Sep 2018 # 114 Donatelli's Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder with L
08 Jun 2018 Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach
09 May 2018 The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
05 May 2018 The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute
04 May 2018 Cutchins Care proudly presents its 1st Annual Trauma & Attachment Symposium!
20 Apr 2018 2nd Annual Concussion Diagnosis and Management
13 Dec 2017 Certified-Aging-in-Place-Specialist (CAPS) Certification Course Dec. 13-15, 2017
16 Nov 2017 Annual Therapies in the School
15 Nov 2017 The Zones of Regulation: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control
10 Nov 2017 MAOT Annual Conference 2017
04 Nov 2017 Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing
03 Nov 2017 "Orthoses for Immobilization and Mobilization"
24 May 2017 Tufts University 2017 Courses
11 Apr 2017 Central MA SIG
08 Apr 2017 MAOT Spring Conference
02 Dec 2016 Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children (0-5): Sensory, Feeding, Behavior
21 Oct 2016 Contemporary NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child
21 Oct 2016 The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding
30 Sep 2016 Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU and During the Transition to Home
24 Sep 2016 Best Practices in Home Care

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