Management and Administration for the OTA: Leadership and Application Skills

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
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Comprehensive skills in management, administration, and leadership are essential for occupational therapy assistants (OTA) in their daily interactions with their clients in various health care environments.
Inside Management and Administration for the OTA: Leadership and Application Skills, Dr. Karen Jacobs has gathered an expert team of 11 contributors of clinicians, academicians, administrators, managers, and graduate students to address each of the ACOTE Standards with a focus on evidence-based literature and examples of the leadership and management skills needed as an OTA.
What you will learn from Management and Administration for the OTA:
  • Contexts and Health Care—the potential impact of policy issues as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy
  • Leadership and Advocacy—two important roles that OTAs need to assume to be agents of change
  • Credentialing—introduces the national requirements for credentialing and for licensure, certification or registration under state laws
  • Reimbursement—the various reimbursement systems requirements that affect the practice of occupational therapy
  • Marketing and Promoting—The role of the OTA to promote the distinct value of occupational therapy to the public, as well as other professionals, service providers, consumers, third-party payers, and regulatory bodies
  • Documentation and Quality Improvement—to ensure the OTA provides the highest quality of occupational therapy services
  • Supervision—to understand the important relationship between the OTA, the OT, and nonprofessional personnel
  • Fieldwork—to understand the role, criteria, and components of the OTA in fieldwork education
  • Communication Skills—define health literacy and discuss how to use this concept to better understand the client, the client’s health environment, and the client’s occupations and health activities
  • Ethics—explore the components of ethics that impact the delivery of occupational therapy and the foundational skills and knowledge needed by the OTA to maintain high standards of responsible, ethical practice
  • Scholarship and Scholarly Practice—assists the OTA with how to articulate the importance of how scholarly activities and the evidence-based literature contribute to the distinct value and advancement of occupational therapy
The chapters of Management and Administration for the OTA:  Leadership and Application Skills also includes 5 key vocabulary terms and their definitions, case examples relevant to the content, website resources, and multiple choice review questions.
Instructors in educational settings can visit for additional materials to be used for teaching in the classroom.
Straightforward, comprehensive, and user-friendly, Management and Administration for the OTA:  Leadership and Application Skills will provide OTA students and clinicians with an essential resource for their future success.

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About the Editor
Contributing Authors
Foreword by Melissa J. Tilton, BS, COTA/L, ROH
Chapter 1          Contexts and Health Care
                            Ann McCullough, BA
Chapter 2          Leadership and Advocacy
                            Sarah McKinnon, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 3          Credentialing
                            Karen Brady, DEd, OTR/L and Lisa Burns, PhD, OTR/L
Chapter 4          Reimbursement
                            Barbara Larson, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chapter 5          Marketing and Promoting
                            Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
Chapter 6          Documentation and Quality Improvement
                            Brenda Kennell, BS, MA, OTR/L
Chapter 7          Supervision
                            Christi Vicino, MA, OTA/L
Chapter 8          Fieldwork
                            Julie Ann Nastasi, ScD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA
Chapter 9          Communication Skills: Health Literacy
                            Nancy W. Doyle, OTD, OTR/L
Chapter 10        Ethics
                            Kimberly Erler, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 11        The Importance of Scholarship and Scholarly Practice for the OTA
                            Linda Niemeyer, OT, PhD
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“This is an excellent tool for teaching OTA students… the way it is written works very well for OTA educators, especially with the ACOTE standards at the beginning of each chapter. This book is excellent on many levels. I was so impressed I will be using it for my OTA students next semester.”

- Kay Blose, MOT, OTR/L, University of Charleston-Beckley, Doody’s Review Service

About the Editors

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 31 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of online graduate courses.

Karen earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a master of science degree from Boston University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Karen is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland. Karen also received the 2009 Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003; and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award. The title of her Slagle Lecture was “PromOTing Occupational Therapy: Words, Images, and Action.”

In addition to being an occupational therapist, Karen is also a certified professional ergonomist  and the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands) and is a consultant in ergonomics, marketing, and entrepreneurship.