Telehealth, Parent Alliance, and OT

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Telehealth, Parent Alliance, and OT with Adam Griffin

As OTs, we believe that creating a therapeutic alliance is one of the most powerful vehicles to change. 

But, we also know that there are many barriers that exist to building transformational relationships with our clients 

Telehealth can feel like another such barrier—but it doesn’t have to be!

The article we are looking at in this 1 hour podcast-based CE course is a qualitative study exploring the parent engagement and therapeutic alliance in teletherapy programs. The author’s intent was to begin building a conceptual model to inform improved practice. 

After discussing the article, we are excited to welcome Adam Griffin to the podcast. Adam is an OT hailing from Dubai, who has vast experience using teletherapy and coaching fellow OTs in its use.

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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.

Fairweather, G. C., Lincoln, M., Ramsden, R., &; Bulkeley, K. (2021). Parent engagement and therapeutic alliance in Allied Health teletherapy programs. Health &; Social Care in the Community, 30(2). 

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Proffitt, R., Cason, J., Little, L., &; Pickett, K. A. (2021). Stimulating research to advance evidence-based applications of telehealth in occupational therapy. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 41(3), 153–162. 

D’Arrigo, R., Copley, J. A., Poulsen, A. A., &; Ziviani, J. (2019). Parent engagement and disengagement in paediatric settings: An occupational therapy perspective. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(20), 2882–2893. 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify strategies to build task alliance in telehealth.
  • You will be able to recognize drivers of relationship alliance in telehealth. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • Quick intro to teletherapy and where the research stands
  • The known importance of therapeutic alliance
  • Wait, what exactly is therapeutic alliance?
  • Therapeutic alliance in teletherapy: what we know and don’t know
  • What was the intent of this paper?
  • What were the authors’ methods?
  • Who were the participants and what did the interview entail?
  • What were the findings?
  • Discussion/Conclusions/Implications
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with Adam Griffin) (50 minutes)

  • How did you first find OT?
  • How did you get into pediatric teletherapy?
  • How is teletherapy different from in person therapy?
  • Did you agree with the premise of the article that parent engagement is a key driver of outcomes in pediatric telehealth?
  • What are practical things you do to get buy-in from parents and kids? How does that vary by caregiver?
  • What does “agreement on goals” look like in your practice?
  • What does “agreement on tasks” look like?
  • How can you ensure open conversation with parents in the course of therapy?
  • What is your advice for OTs to improve their therapeutic alliance skills in telehealth?
  • What do you see on the horizon for teletherapy and OT? 

Contact Hours

1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs). Released online from Aurora, NE.

This course on Telehealth, Parent Alliance, and OT is AOTA approved!

Target Audience/Educational Level

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

Instructional Methods/Registration/Special Needs Requests/Cancellation Policy

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. 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.

If this course were to be canceled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

Course Completion Requirements

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.

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, Adam Griffin also has no financial disclosures. 


Adam Griffin, OT:

Adam Griffin, OT

Adam is the Head of Occupational Therapy at Camali Clinic as well as a vocal advocate for disability and inclusion in the middle east. Adam has a wealth of experience and training in supporting young adults with disabilities and their families and has a special clinical interest in DCD, Autism and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Since coming to Dubai 8 years ago Adam has been instrumental in establishing therapeutic, educational, and vocational support services here in the UAE as well as providing the highest standard of care for the 100’s of families he has worked with. Adam also provides free content for parents and therapists all over the world via his popular Adam the OT YouTube channel which reached over 100,000 views within its first 6 months.

Adam frequently appears in the media in the UAE discussing disability and healthcare-related topics as well as being a regular speaker at professional panels, international conferences, and workshops.

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.

This course was designed to meet your continuing education requirements

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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