Ethnic Skin and Hair Care in Acute and LTC Settings

Presented by Tamara M. Goff, COTA/L

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Course Description

This course will explore techniques used to care for African American patients including shampooing, styling, and upkeep of the varying hair textures that you may encounter. Additionally, it will also explore skin care issues and how, as a rehab professional, to incorporate cultural ideals into everyday intervention and clients’ activities of daily living (ADLs).
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Meet Your Presenter

Tamara Goff is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in the skilled nursing population. She believes in putting her heart into her work through the treatments that she provides. Tamara has 15 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy and has mastered the balance of aiding patients in meeting their therapy treatment goals and fostering the relationship between nursing support staff. Currently she serves as the lead COTA at her skilled nursing facility. She has a special interest in caring for ethnic hair and comes with 19 years of knowledge in that area. When Tamara is not treating patients, she can be found spending time with her family, enjoying new restaurants, and looking at interior design inspiration.


  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# #05035. This Distance Learning-Independent and Distance Learning-Interactive is offered at .1 CEUs, introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe ways to demonstrate care for ethnic hair during cleansing and styling.
  2. Describe the role of occupational therapists in assisting with ADLs in persons of varying cultural backgrounds.
  3. Describe differences in texture, absorbency, and elasticity of African American skin and hair.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of ADLs and social/emotional impact
  • 0:10 - Introduction to African American hair
  • 0:25 - Styling textured hair and skin care
  • 0:40 - Case studies
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

OTs who work with adults and children who are African American.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until August 18th, 2027.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is an African American whose hair is styled in microlocs.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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