Dr. Brenda Merritt, Acting Associate Dean, School of Occupational Therapy, Nova Scotia.
Í samvinnu við Iðjuþjálfafélag Íslands
The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) is used to measure how well a client performs familiar activities of daily living (ADL) in terms of increased physical effort, decreased efficiency, safety, and independence. Our most well-known assessment. The AMPS is used by more than 17,000 occupational therapists in 34 countries. The AMPS is an occupation-based and occupation-focused standardized assessment that is used to measure the quality of a client’s ADL performance.
As occupational therapists, we offer something unique to our clients and colleagues – an occupation-centred perspective. Join us in reflecting on our unique professional value by considering the role occupation should play in occupational therapy evaluations, interventions, documentation and research.
The Centre for Innovative OT Solutions (CIOTS) inspires occupation-centred practice by equipping occupational therapists with occupation-based and occupation-focused tools for practice and research.
Our tools help occupational therapists infuse more occupation into each phase of practice, including:
CIOTS brings together occupational therapists who value occupation-centred practice through organizing training courses, workshops, and research symposiums. We believe that occupational therapists best communicate their unique professional value when they use occupation as the basis and focus of each step in their occupational therapy process.
What you will learn:
Your will learn to administer one of our innovative, occupation-based assessments. In addition to teaching you how to administer the tool reliably, our courses will provide you with the practical skills needed to use the assessment results.
• to plan intervention
• set goals
• document and plan for re-evaluation
— all the while remaining occupation-centred. Join one of our courses that have already inspired thousands of occupational therapists to remain true to their professional identity as occupational therapists.
Who should attend:
Occupational therapists with BS and a work permit from the Ministry of Health / Iðjuþjálfar með BS og starfsleyfi frá Velferðarráðuneytinu.
Teacher / Instructor:
Professor Gill Chard was appointed Head of Occupational Therapy at University College Cork in 2007. She had practiced as an occupational therapist for over 20 years before moving into higher education in 1994. Her clinical experience spans acute care, community and social services, medicine for the elderly, stroke rehabilitation and psychosocial group work for voluntary organizations. Her research interests focus on two areas: research utilization and knowledge transfer, including barriers to becoming evidence-based practitioners; and the impact of environments on occupational engagement, particularly for those with dementia living in long term residential care. She is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in phenomenology and the use of narratives and photo voice. She is an accredited Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) trainer and has used the AMPS clinically and in research. She has a wide range of publications and is on the editorial review boards for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Brenda Merritt Acting Associate Dean (Academic). Brenda also holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, Nova Scotia, and cross appointments in Nursing and International Development Studies.
Brenda holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees (equine science and psychology), an entry-to-practice Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, and a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies. Brenda’s doctoral program was an interdisciplinary degree within the areas of educational leadership and occupational therapy, which enabled Brenda to gain expertise in leadership and curriculum design/evaluation, while also expanding upon her expertise in occupational therapy theory and functional assessment approaches. Brenda's overarching research interest includes investigating how chronic health conditions (e.g. HIV, stroke), injury, and/or key determinants of health (e.g. gender, sexuality, age) impact a person's ability to participate in chosen and necessary daily life activities. Brenda also conducts research within the areas of curriculum design and evaluation, interprofessional health education, and developing innovative educational strategies to cultivate professional behaviour and clinical decision making skills.