Recent activities have included:
||At the Hand Therapy Congress in
Strasburg November 2001 I held a paper entitled "Sudeck was
right - the consequences for therapy" - in German.
||In June 2002 at the WFOT congress in Stockholm I again spoke about
my research into Sudeck Distrophy or CRPS as it is better known
today - in English.
||At the congress of the German
Society for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held in conjunction
with the German Association of Occupational Therapists in Hannover
in October 2002 I held a paper on my research into CRPS.
An article on this subject was published in the
Journal of the German Association of Hand Therapists.
||In December 2002 I was one of
the OTs from Germany, Britain, T the Netherlands and Israel holding a
seminar on OT in Minsk in Belarus (White Russia). This was the
start of the training of the first occupational therapists in Belarus. One OT, Ulrike Dürrbeck, has been there many times
and had done a great deal of ground work both there and in Germany
to raise funds and find people and make this possible. The group completed the training in
December 2004. They are now trying to form an association.
In March 2004 I was invited to hold a
seminar on occupational therapy intervention with clients
suffering from chronic pain at the annual general meeting of the
Austrian Association of Occupational Therapists in Speyer.
In September 2004 I had a poster at the
European Congress of OT in Athens showing the structure of the OT
course at the Europa Fachhochschule Fresenius.
At the World Congress of
Occupational Therapy in 2006 in Sydney I particpated in an open panel to share our
experiences at the Europa Fachhochschule Fresenius of sending students
to do fieldwork in other countries.
I also displayed a poster concerning assessment methods used
with clients suffering from rheumatic conditions, especially arthritis,
in the hands.
Most recently I was involved in three
presentations at the 2008 European Congress of OT in Hamburg:
- A workshop on pain management
- A workshop on the use of the Kawa Model (www.kawamodel.org/)
- A paper of the importance of change at a
political level for the continued development of occupational
therapy in Europe.
In the last six yearsI have held workshops and seminars on the role of
the occupational therapist in the treatment of clients suffering from
chronic pain conditions as well as the treatment of clients suffering
from CRPS in many parts of Germany.
I am also a member of the training team for the
German OT assessement tool 'Ergotherapeutisches Assessment' (www.ergoas.de/)