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Oct 3, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(CST)

A highly interactive virtual conference and continuing education event highlighting the application of evidence-based assessments and communication approaches of the Intentional Relationship Model.

IRM UNCONFERENCED: THE NEXT STAGE is going virtual and will be FREE of cost for all attendees. Continuing education credits will be offered for licensed Illinois occupational therapists. Register now!

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Stepping into the Scene: IRM and Journeying with People Living with Cognitive Differences Heading link

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Keynote Speaker: Christine Raber, Ph.D./OTR/L, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Shawnee State University

Christine Raber has been honored as an outstanding researcher at Shawnee State University. She is a professor of ocupational therapy specializing in the rehabilitation of persons with dementia. The Intentional Relationship Model is one of the conceptual practice models that Dr. Raber studies and applies through research and practice. She employs strategies that engage persons with dementia to feel secure within their relationships and use their abilities to stay connected with others. She has presented her research at international forums in the UK, Sweden and Japan. Raber also supervises service-learning experiences in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Presentation Types Heading link

Below are the descriptions for each presentation type. There will be 16 presentations in total led by 10 engaging presenters, including 3 international presenters from Chile, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.
  • Research paper

    (50 minutes)

    A single presenter or a panel of presenters deliver a formal presentation about a research study that is in progress or has been completed. Abstracts must include sufficient detail regarding methods, results and implications.

  • Small group lunch discussion topic

    (50 minutes)

    This is an informal lunch discussion led by a facilitator, who proposes an IRM-related state-of-the-science question or topic for peers to discuss over lunch. This could also be a working lunch for collaborators to plan a future or ongoing IRM-related project.

  • Lightning talk

    (10 minutes)

    The speaker has no more than 10 minutes to make an announcement. This type of presentation does not normally contain many, if any, slides. The speaker is required to make a concise statement about a recent initiative or discovery or raise an important question that may be addressed at a later point in time.

  • Roundtable discussion

    (20 minutes for speaker, 30 minutes for audience)

    The session begins with the speaker presenting an IRM-related idea or topic to a group of people for approximately 15-20 minutes. Slides are not necessary for this part of the presentation but may be used to provide background or to generate audience ideas and reflection. After 15-20 minutes, the focus of the discussion shifts from the presenter to the audience. For the remainder of the session, the presenter invites comments, insights, and questions from those around the room. Alternatively, the presenter may engage the audience in working collaboratively on a task, such as an IRM assessment or a preliminary teaching approach.

  • Case example narrative

    (30 minutes)

    The speaker presents an example of practice with a client, a group of clients, or an example of a teaching-related practice with students that illustrates the application of IRM in practice or teaching.

Conference program

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We hope you're able to attend and/or submit a proposal. If you have questions about the submission process or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out. Information regarding the conference schedule and online platform are forthcoming.

Intentional Relationship Clearinghouse, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illiinois at Chicago