OT and Habits

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There is a growing public consciousness around the power (and difficulty) of habit change, especially as the impact of chronic conditions soars.  

And, as we’ll see in the featured scoping review on OT and habit change/health promotion, we’ve been addressing habits since 1912, it is a core part of our 2020 practice framework, and is increasingly embedded in OT research. 

On this OT Potential Podcast episode, we’ll welcome Dr. Zipporah Brown, ppOTD, MS, OTR/L, DipACLM, and her and I will discuss ways you can embed best practices around habit change in your practice.

Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify specific intervention strategies shared in research for achieving habit change. 
  • You will be able to recognize strategies for helping your clients set habit-based goals. 

Mentioned Resources


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • Background on OT, Habits, and Health promotion
  • Why this scoping review is needed now
  • What was the intent of this research?
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion/Conclusion

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (50 minutes)

  • How did you become interested in habits and health promotion?
  • What have you learned about the connection between stress and habits?
  • How has this interest intersected with Lifestyle Medicine? 
  • What were your impressions of the article?
  • Why is goal setting and good intentions NOT enough to change habits?
  • Why is our training in environmental modification so needed in regards to habit change? 
  • What advice do you have for OTs who are setting habit-based goals with clients?
  • What can we be doing during our interventions to help people achieve habit change?
  • How could talking about our role in habit change help our clients? And also advance our profession? 
  • As a practitioner, how are you incorporating information on habits and health promotion into your curriculum?
This course on OT and Habits is AOTA approved!

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

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In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about OT and Habits.  The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Dr. Zipporah Brown also has no financial disclosures.


Dr. Zipporah Brown, OTD, MS, OTR/L, DipACLM

Zipporah Brown, OTD, MS, OTR/L, DipACLM

Applying a holistic lens to educate and practice both in academia and in the community. I use my lived experience, formal training, and research to inform my pedagogical and clinical approach to working with diverse populations in various contexts. My clinical experience includes working in home health and community based mental health settings. As a practitioner and educator, I take pride in curating the learning experience for individuals and groups in order to maximize understanding and facilitate engagement.

I am dedicated to increasing access to equitable care, through providing digestible education, destigmatizing care and empowering individuals to be confident in their ability to overcome barriers and thrive.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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We designed the courses in the Club to meet the requirements for “online” and “independent/self-study” courses. For more details read our blog post: Can I earn OT CEUS from a podcast? To verify the requirements from your specific state (within the US), check out our post, OT Continuing Education Explained. If you are outside of the United States and have questions, please contact us.

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