Occupational Therapy: Caring for LGBTQ Individuals in Occupational Therapy

24.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course: 
This course provides a broad overview of diversity and inclusivity awareness and cultural competency pertaining to persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) for occupational therapy practitioners, which include occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. define the terminology used to describe individuals who identify as LGBTQ; 
2. identify statistics and health disparities in the LGBTQ population; 
3. describe special considerations for youth and older adults who identify as LGBTQ; 
4. name barriers to health care experienced by individuals who identify as LGBTQ; 
5. discuss the current state of research and advocacy for individuals who identify as LGBTQ within the occupational therapy profession; and 
6. describe best practices for training staff to care for patients who identify as LGBTQ. 

About the Authors
Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University, where she has been a faculty member for over 10 years. Dr. DeIuliis attended Duquesne University and graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2004. In December 2009, she completed a post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continues to practice clinically on a per-diem basis at UPMC Shadyside Hospital within Centers of Rehab Services in Pittsburgh. Dr. DeIuliis has had various leadership roles within academia and the occupational therapy profession, such as serving on the Board of Directors within the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to fieldwork education, professionalism, interprofessional education, and teaching methodologies. She has several years of experience in continuing education development for occupational therapists and is currently the occupational therapy education planner for Elite Healthcare. 

Lisa Simani, MS, APRN, ACNP is an acute care nurse practitioner, primarily in cardiothoracic surgery. Most recently, she has volunteered as a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Project, a surgical mission group that provides free surgeries to children in developing countries. Lisa has 20 years of publishing experience and has been a lead author in peer-reviewed articles for print and for web-based continuing nursing education provider companies. In her position as nurse planner for Elite, she works with the advisory board and subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses. In addition, she is also a volunteer blogger with Safe Connections, a domestic violence prevention nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and her master’s degree in nursing from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.About the 1st edition Peer ReviewerCheryl Jackson, DNP, FNP-C, earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Catonsville Community College; a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore; a master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University; and a doctorate in nursing practice from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her clinical experience in nursing includes medical-surgical ICU, telemetry, and PACU. Her advanced practice nursing experience is in family practice, urgent care, and most recently, adult primary care with Volunteers in Medicine in rural Pennsylvania.
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Caring for LGBTQ Individuals in Occupational Therapy

24.95
About the Course: 
This course provides a broad overview of diversity and inclusivity awareness and cultural competency pertaining to persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) for occupational therapy practitioners, which include occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
1. define the terminology used to describe individuals who identify as LGBTQ; 
2. identify statistics and health disparities in the LGBTQ population; 
3. describe special considerations for youth and older adults who identify as LGBTQ; 
4. name barriers to health care experienced by individuals who identify as LGBTQ; 
5. discuss the current state of research and advocacy for individuals who identify as LGBTQ within the occupational therapy profession; and 
6. describe best practices for training staff to care for patients who identify as LGBTQ. 

About the Authors
Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University, where she has been a faculty member for over 10 years. Dr. DeIuliis attended Duquesne University and graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2004. In December 2009, she completed a post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continues to practice clinically on a per-diem basis at UPMC Shadyside Hospital within Centers of Rehab Services in Pittsburgh. Dr. DeIuliis has had various leadership roles within academia and the occupational therapy profession, such as serving on the Board of Directors within the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to fieldwork education, professionalism, interprofessional education, and teaching methodologies. She has several years of experience in continuing education development for occupational therapists and is currently the occupational therapy education planner for Elite Healthcare. 

Lisa Simani, MS, APRN, ACNP is an acute care nurse practitioner, primarily in cardiothoracic surgery. Most recently, she has volunteered as a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Project, a surgical mission group that provides free surgeries to children in developing countries. Lisa has 20 years of publishing experience and has been a lead author in peer-reviewed articles for print and for web-based continuing nursing education provider companies. In her position as nurse planner for Elite, she works with the advisory board and subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses. In addition, she is also a volunteer blogger with Safe Connections, a domestic violence prevention nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and her master’s degree in nursing from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.About the 1st edition Peer ReviewerCheryl Jackson, DNP, FNP-C, earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Catonsville Community College; a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore; a master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University; and a doctorate in nursing practice from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her clinical experience in nursing includes medical-surgical ICU, telemetry, and PACU. Her advanced practice nursing experience is in family practice, urgent care, and most recently, adult primary care with Volunteers in Medicine in rural Pennsylvania.