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In-Person Seminar

FL Mirror Therapy Experiential Lab

Debra Battistella, MS, OTR/L |  Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, CDRS
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The Neuro Hub - Alamonte Springs, Florida

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When faced with a patient with limited to no movement in a limb, traditional therapy lacks interventions that can attain the repetitions required for motor recovery. In this training, you will go beyond conventional approaches and unlock the full treatment potential for your neuro patients.

Mirror therapy delivers faster progress, heightened patient involvement, and significant functional enhancements for diverse neurological issues like stroke, CRPS, amputation, and phantom limb pain.

This ingenious method involves the use of a mirror to create visual illusions, tricking the brain into perceiving the paralyzed or affected limb as moving. The reflected image makes patients feel as though the impaired limb is moving effortlessly, while simultaneously creating new neuronal connections and re-establishing pathways in the brain.

Filled with hands-on labs and experiential learning, this unique course provides a dynamic and immersive educational experience. Gain practical skills in setting up mirror therapy sessions, observing “patient” responses, and making informed adjustments to optimize treatment effectiveness.

  • Simulate scenarios replicating various neurological conditions and impairments
  • Perform exercises with real-time feedback from facilitators
  • Learn how to adapt mirror therapy based on client abilities and interests

And best of all…Mirror therapy is inexpensive and safe, making it easy to transfer to the home environment, a crucial step often overlooked by therapy professionals. Home programs are essential for recovery, especially when third party payers want patients discharged before recovery is complete.

Take the next step towards excellence in skilled therapy - confidently incorporate mirror therapy into your practice today and witness remarkable transformations in your patients’ lives.

Accelerate rehabilitation • Enhance neuroplasticity • Versatile across conditions
Cost effective • Increase ROM • Reduce pain • Restore motor function • Improve body image


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc.  is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider # 3322. This Live activity is offered at .625  CEUs Intermediate, OT Service Delivery and Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits.

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Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 


Debra Battistella, MS, OTR/L's Profile

Debra Battistella, MS, OTR/L Related seminars and products

Creative Concepts in Occupational Therapy PLLC

Debra Battistella, MS, OTR/L, has over 22 years of experience working with the adult & older adult populations in physical medicine rehab. Most of her career she worked in a certified stroke center where she participated in the development of several programs, including a modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy program and a critical care Early Mobility Protocol.

She has taught to her area of expertise and coordinator fieldwork for occupational therapy assistant students at the community college level. While there, Debra worked with Level II Field work students and the Student Access Center to develop & provide campus-based OT services at the group and population levels.

Debra is owner of Creative Concepts in Occupational Therapy PLLC, where she supports physical medicine occupational therapy practitioners with online trainings and programs. She also provides occupational therapy serves to those in need at Tampa General Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Debra Battistella is the owner of Creative Concepts in Occupational Therapy, PLLC. She has an employment relationship with Erie Community College. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Debra Battistella is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, New York State Occupational Therapy Association, and the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She is the host of a podcast.


Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, CDRS's Profile

Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, CDRS Related seminars and products

Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, CDRS, and founder of The Neuro Hub is a skilled occupational therapist in central Florida. A graduate of Advent Health University, Doro provides her passion and over 10 years of experience in neurological rehabilitation through a client-centered, evidence-based treatment approach.

Doro’s main focus at The Neuro Hub is providing specialty high- and low-tech programs for stroke survivors. These high intensity programs include Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT, CIT) and Brain Computer Interface (BCI). BCI insists on correct brain area activation through visual imagery, which then provides immediate feedback through activation of an external robotic device.
She holds multiple specialty certifications that include Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) and Certified Driving Rehab Specialist (CDRS).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dorothee Zuleger has an employment relationship with The Neuro Hub Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dorothee Zuleger has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Additional Info

Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


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  1. Identify and explain the key neuroscientific principles, including neuroplasticity and mirror neurons, that underpin the efficacy of mirror therapy in neurological rehabilitation.
  2. Describe how mirror therapy facilitates motor and sensory recovery in patients with neurological conditions, and determine the psychological and physiological benefits it offers.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in setting up a mirror therapy session, including proper positioning of mirrors, seating arrangements, and therapist-client interactions, for effective treatment implementation.
  4. Analyze and reflect upon the challenges and emotional experiences encountered by patients and clinicians through role play activities with the mirror.
  5. Develop personalized mirror therapy treatment plans for different neurological conditions, considering patient specific goals and expected outcomes.
  6. Assess and critically review potential barriers in mirror therapy implementation, propose effective strategies to address patient and practitioner resistance or discomfort to ensure administration.


The Science of Mirror Therapy

  • Brain anatomy & function
  • Mechanisms of neuroplasticity
  • Investigate mirror therapy research, its effects on the brain & functional results
  • Potential outcomes for practitioners, clients & your profession as a whole

Mirror Therapy Protocol

  • Screen for appropriateness
  • Discuss baseline assessments
  • Introduction to mirror therapy kit
  • Step-by-step set up
  • Safety protocols and precautions to ensure optimal patient care
  • Best practices for positioning mirrors, seating and therapist-client interaction

Experiential Lab I: Design Goal-Oriented Treatment Sessions

  • Intervention protocol (clinician & client empowerment)
  • Strategies to increase patient engagement and promote follow through
  • Identify & practice activities that appear realistic in front of the mirror
  • Guided mirror therapy exercises with real-time feedback from facilitators
  • Writing effective goals

Power Hour: Brainstorm to Increase Compassion & Tackle Challenges

  • Group discussion on the participants’ experiences as “patients”
  • Identify & reflect on the challenges, emotions, and insights gained during the exercises
  • Understand the importance of going beyond empathy and bringing compassion to practice for effective therapy
  • Recognize & overcome potential barriers in mirror therapy implementation
  • Strategies to address practitioner and/or patient resistance or discomfort & support carryover

Experiential Lab II: Clinical Reasoning

  • Tailor to different conditions (e.g., stroke, amputation, CRPS)
  • Identify patient-specific goals and outcomes for each condition
  • Case studies featuring diverse patient profiles
  • Hands-on practice using case study scenarios to adapt mirror therapy activities that meet individual needs
  • Discuss case study results to design personalized mirror therapy plans
  • Billing and reimbursement

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants



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