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7/18/2024 SIS Virtual Series - Group-Based Interventions in Occupational Therapy (Intermediate Level)
Thursday, July 18, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Non-Members - $20

Members - Free


Date & Time: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 7:00pm-8:00pm EST

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Please note - These sessions are not recorded for future viewing.




Number of Contact Hours: 1.0

Presenter:  Dr. Lola Halperin, EdD, OTR/L


Bio/Background of the Speaker:

Dr. Lola Halperin, EdD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Occupational Therapy (OT) Program at Sacred Heart University (SHU). Her specialty is psychosocial OT, and she designs, teaches, and coordinates the mental health curriculum at her school. Dr. Halperin earned her Bachelor in OT degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and her Master of Arts degree from the NYU. She then completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University.

Dr. Halperin has served children, adolescents, and adults with mental illness and other forms of adversity in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based facilities in the United States, Canada, and Israel. To augment her clinical experience, she has obtained training/completed courses in psychodrama and individual and group counseling. Dr. Halperin is a certified Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) rater and has also obtained certificates in Dialectical-Behavior Therapy and Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Pain and Headache Management.

Dr. Halperin's current professional interests center on OT assessments and interventions (including group therapy) for clients with mental illness, history of trauma, and chronic pain. Dr. Halperin has created and serves as one of the OT students' supervisors in the Monday Night Social (SHU enrichment program for young adults with neurodevelopmental conditions). She also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR), a therapeutic archaeology-based peer-run organization for military veterans with physical and emotional injuries.

Dr. Halperin has presented on group-based OT interventions to the ConnOTA community in the past.


Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:

  • After attending the presentation, participants will be able to describe how various frames of reference and models can be successfully integrated during group-based OT interventions, to match client populations’ occupational needs.
  • After attending the presentation, participants will be able to articulate at least three ways to promote group therapeutic factors during group-based OT interventions.


Summary of Event: 

This presentation is one of three that will offer 3 levels of group therapy knowledge and skills to occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs):

Intermediate Level – this training will offer opportunities for the OTPs already involved in therapeutic groups and/or those who have attended the Beginner Level presentation to polish their knowledge and skills.


A Zoom Conference link will be available after registering for the event through CONNOTA.