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April 17, 2015 3:29 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

My former colleague Mark likes to say, "We should never be working harder than the people we are serving." It took me a really long time to learn this valuable lesson, and I am still deepening my understanding of it.

 I believe most of us entered into healthcare because we want to help other people. However, the reality is that we really can't help anyone who ...

April 17, 2015 7:51 AM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The American Occupational Therapy Association's 95th Annual Conference & Exposition kicked off southern-style Thursday night April 16 with a rollicking mini-concert from Sixwire, a Nashville-based country music band that had the packed ballroom clapping, dancing and forming conga lines in the aisles.

AOTA President "Ginny" Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, then announced to applause that the Nashville ...

April 15, 2015 12:02 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

April is always a busy month for OTs. On April 16-19, the American Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference & Expo will be held at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. This year's keynote speaker, Rosalind Wiseman, whose book Queen Bees and Masterminds was the inspiration for the movie Mean Girls, will educate OTs on how they can help their young patients negotiate the many social challenges ...

April 10, 2015 2:05 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I just watched what I believe is one of the most important documentaries ever created.

It reveals many truths about health and how and why our healthcare system fails on so many levels.

Our current system very rarely addresses the CAUSE of disease, which, in most cases, boils down to poor lifestyle choices.

The reasons we ignore the cause run ...

April 9, 2015 12:30 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Raised in the 1950s, like many children, I spent hours in front of the television, an innovation in home entertainment back then as well as a large piece of furniture. There were only a few channels. TV was not on 24/7 as it is today.

I confess that one of my very favorite shows was the animated "Mr. Magoo". The voice of Quincy Magoo was played by actor Jim Backus; watch old reruns of "Gilligan's Island" and ...


Yesterday, April 2, was World Autism Awareness Day. Many people all over the globe lit things up in blue, shared blog posts, and donated money to various organizations in order to promote autism awareness and increase visibility for the condition. I personally know some individuals who participated in this autism awareness campaign, and I can tell you that, without a doubt, these individuals are doing what they believe ...

April 2, 2015 2:22 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I believe meditation is one of the most misunderstood ideas in the world. We tend to think of "meditation" as some "out there" practice that's just for existential people who aren't in the "real world," but nothing could be further from the truth.

Meditation is not what you think, and it has much less to do with sitting with your eyes closed than most people realize. Formal meditation typically involves ...

March 27, 2015 12:22 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

We've all had the experience of having an "Angel" on one shoulder and the "Devil" on the other, but have you ever considered "who" is it that knows they exist?

At a deeper level, we know it's who we really are (i.e. consciousness/awareness) that knows "they" exist, but we tend get trapped in the duality of the "Angel" and "Devil" who are always jockeying for position.

As much as we like ...


Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple days off from work and built an entire itinerary of mother-daughter activities to help A. know just how much I value the time I spend with her.

These ...

March 18, 2015 1:57 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see "The Bob Newhart Show." On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing assortment of quirky patients who appeared on many of the episodes. I loved that show in the 1970s and it's still charming, 40 years later. In this particular episode, ...


For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or how often such meetings have gone well, they will almost always express a sense of nervousness and worry. I can definitely say the same. And IEP meetings have historically ...

March 13, 2015 2:27 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

We've been taught that "we can't change other people," but that's not entirely true. The reason is because we are all connected by an ocean of energy, so in both positive and negative ways, we influence one another all the time.

However, the ability to consistently influence (i.e. change) other people requires a commitment to changing ourselves. The reason we "can't change others" is because we are too externally ...

March 9, 2015 1:22 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I was recently watching an Eckhart Tolle video where he responded to the question, "How do I know if I am present?" He took the questioner through a brief exercise guiding her into the present moment, and then asked if she noticed a sense of calm come over her.

She replied, "Yes, but it wasn't anything special," which made Eckhart and the entire audience burst into laughter.

While there isn't anything ...


So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which means I've missed some of the "big stuff." It's definitely well past time for me to catch up.

On November 18, 2014, Thomas legally adopted A., so now she's ...

February 19, 2015 10:39 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare


Tara Brach is one of my favorite resources who helped me to deepen my understanding about the importance intention. She reminded me that every thought we have carries an intention or energy that creates karma, and that we often create negative karma by "default" or lack of awareness and attention to the present moment.

Let's consider the following example.

If I'm unsafely rushing through ...


January is always a difficult and busy month for me. It's the month that falls right before our annual managers' conference at work, and because of that, I'm always working long hours, bringing work home, and just generally trying to Accomplish All The Things In The World. This busyness has been compounded by the fact that there is now a seven-month-old to care for, so it doesn't give me a whole lot of time to spend ...

February 12, 2015 12:52 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

The secret to living in a state of internal peace is hidden in such plain sight that most people don't appreciate its simplicity.

I didn't come up with this secret, which is more than 2500 years old one of the most basic messages of The Tao Te Ching; "Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place."

The notion of "not-doing" is an incredibly radical idea for our time, but wouldn't you agree ...

February 6, 2015 9:30 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A friend of mine told me that when she was in Bali, she found it remarkable that instead of asking the typical question, how are you doing today, she heard people asking, "Are you balanced today?"

While the distinction between these two questions might not appear that meaningful on the surface, I can tell you from experience that a deeper investigation of the latter question will reveal a powerful hidden wisdom ...

January 29, 2015 12:22 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Today I was working with an extremely suicidal and morbidly obese guy, with a host of physical ailments and chronic pain, stemming from a long history of motor vehicle accidents. He also has PTSD from unspeakable tragedies including seeing a baby killed right before his eyes.

During the course of the interview he stated "I have had a gun in my mouth 20 out of the last 30 days."  He had reportedly tried to take ...

January 15, 2015 2:04 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Have you ever reached a particular goal that was really important to you only to find yourself feeling empty on the inside after a brief period of time? 

I've never met anyone who can't relate to this experience. Even though it's incredibly common, we rarely stop and consider what's driving the all too familiar feeling of "I need something else" no matter of "successful" we might be in life.

Instead ...

January 9, 2015 11:55 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I was watching a video by author Jed McKenna who pointed out the "obvious" answer to the age-old question, "What is the meaning of life?"

We all KNOW the answer, but we constantly distract ourselves from the truth because from a certain perspective, it's just too painful.

Life has no meaning. There, I said it.

I can hear your Ego (and mine) screaming, "What do you mean life has no meaning??? ...

January 2, 2015 1:55 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 While most of us generally look forward to and enjoy the holiday season, I think we can all agree that this time of year can trigger a variety of emotional challenges.  Even though we like to blame "the holidays" or "my family" for the difficulties that arise, deep down we all know it's simply not true. Relationships don't cause problems; they just bring out what's already there (Tolle).

Raam Daas wisely ...


I think A. was more excited about this Christmas than she has been in years. I'm not entirely sure what exactly gave her such a dose of Christmas cheer. Maybe it was the fact that I enlisted her to help me play Santa Claus for the rest of the family. Maybe it's because she's in a relationship this year. Maybe she's more excited about having a little sister to share these things with than she lets on. Or maybe she was ...

December 22, 2014 3:39 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The following guest blog was submitted by Mary Bulger, owner of Marusya Inc.

In September 1995, ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners ran an article on my company, Marusya Inc.

I launched Marusya Inc. Design in 1994 and some of my best friends were OTs. They contributed much to the success of my first studio, producing universally designed tableware. The founding of the company ...

December 18, 2014 9:38 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

If you're like me, your mind probably can't wait to hear about what is so extraordinary. It's probably racing ahead like an addict in desperate need of his fix. It's probably so consumed by the anticipation of what is so extraordinary, that you're missing out on the fact that THIS moment, is extraordinary.

When my mind is racing ahead in the future as it will sometimes do when I am writing a blog, I don't ...



The ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners editorial staff will discuss issues in the occupational therapy profession, current events in healthcare and offer their personal views and tips for your enjoyment.

The Pediatric Perspective blog is a place to come to learn of new and existing strategies for anyone working in Pediatrics or anyone who has a young loved one with occupational therapy needs.  Join Wendy as she shares these strategies along with the struggles and triumphs of being a mom and therapist navigating the Special Education world with her son.

The mother of an autistic girl shares her story about her daughter's sensory issues, the various treatments she has received, and how "living on the spectrum" affects everyday life for her family.

Read along as a group in various stages of their OT careers share their stories.

Tim Banish, Sr., COTA, Retired will share his thoughts on important issues such as COTA salaries, productivity requirements, and the current changes in healthcare. My main focus will be issues older Americans are facing and long term care.

Dan Eisner is a psychiatric OT in the department of psychiatry at the University of MD Medical Center and a private certified coach at http://www.keyinsightcoaching.com/ with over 15 years experience. Dan has been inspiring thousands of people with his unique blend of services which includes a basic understanding of mind-body science, emotional intelligence, and practical spirituality.

Iris Kimberg MS PT, OTR,  CEO of NYTherapyGuide, will keep therapists current on issues, trends and opportunities in the private sector.

Occupational therapy has changed a lot over the past four decades, and it continues to evolve. Follow Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L as she shares the wisdom that comes with being a seasoned occupational therapist.