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Discover Your Future at Student Conclave!

Students, you are standing on the shoreline of a great career. As you prepare to transition from occupational therapy student to practitioner, now is the time to dive in and attend the 2013 AOTA/NBCOT National Student Conclave.  Here are 5 great reasons—

  • Evidence-based knowledge about current issues and emerging practice areas
  • Exclusive opportunities to speak with leaders and experts
  • Perfect chances to meet with job recruiters and have your résumé critiqued
  • Important information on the NBCOT certification exam
  • Super networking with peers from your school and across the country

Download the schedule of events here.

The Student Conclave has been completed. For future AOTA conferences please visit the Conferences & Events page.

Friday, November 15th

8:00-9:00am - PTE Annual Meeting Registration- Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

9:00am-12:00pm - PTE Annual Business Meeting- River Terrace 2

1:00-6:30pm - Conclave Registration/Exhibits Open - Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

3:00- 4:00pm - Concurrent Sessions 

Concurrent #1 - Clinical Session: Work & Industry- City Terrace 12
Denise Finch, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CCM, WorkRite Medical Associates, Amherst, NH
This session will explore the role of occupational therapy in the workplace. Whether you wish to pursue this area of practice as a specialty or want to know more about how to maximize client participation at work, this session is for you! We will discuss this presenter’s experience in creating a private practice and the use of injury prevention, ergonomic analysis, functional capacity evaluations, task analysis and job modification in the workplace. Providing OT in the workplace provides a unique opportunity to evaluate and participate in your client’s environment, as well as interface with a variety of professionals. What a great place to demonstrate the value of OT!

EBS pipConcurrent #2 - Clinical Session: Children & Youth - River Terrace 2
 Meira L. Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, Touro College, New York, NY
Sponsored by EBS
Occupational therapy practitioners who work in schools share the responsibility for preparing students with disabilities for life after school, including work, postsecondary education, recreation, and independent living in the community. This presentation will focus on the roles occupational therapy practitioners can play in assisting students to develop interests and engage in meaningful occupations and adult roles during the transition from school to adult life. It will include an overview of legal mandates, a discussion of evaluation strategies, evidence-based intervention approaches, and funding mechanisms. Case-studies and video recordings of students and families will be utilized to enhance learning.

EBS pipConcurrent #3 - How to Land Your First Job - from A to Z - River Terrace 3
Maureen F. Peterson, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
Sponsored by EBS
Feel confident that you have the right strategies to make a good impression and find a match for your professional interests and needs after attending this interactive session. The presenter is currently an AOTA chief officer who has hired many employees in a variety of settings, and will discuss basic job-seeking strategies and interview expectations. This will include how to talk about "hot" but sensitive areas you need to assess such as "personal fit," productivity requirements, supervision, organizational culture, and more.  The role and occasional perils of social media for job applicants will also be covered. There will also be time to discuss your own questions and concerns as you head out into the job market.

RehabCare StudentsConcurrent #4 - Level II Fieldwork Panel - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Sponsored by RehabCare
 Michael Huber, University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL; Deborah Jones, OTR/L, Orange City Nursing & Rehab, DeBary, FL; Nancy Kaman, COTA/L, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, FL; Shirish Lala, MHS, OTR/L, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, FL; Tammy LeSage, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL; Becky Piazza, OTR/L, UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, Gainesville, FL
Occupational therapy fieldwork is the bridge between the occupational therapy students’ didactic coursework and clinical performance.  A meaningful Level II fieldwork experience will provide the foundation for your success as a future occupational therapy practitioner.  How can you make the most out of Level II fieldwork?  Come to this session prepared to ask questions of experienced OT - OTA fieldwork educators, academic fieldwork coordinators and OT - OTA students currently/ or recently completing Level II fieldwork.  Use this opportunity to hear answers to your questions regarding Level II fieldwork.

EBS pip4:15-5:15pm - Welcome - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Sponsored by EBS
Hear introductory remarks from the leadership of AOTA and NBCOT and then prepare to have   fun.  Three educational programs will be randomly chosen to participate in the Exam Prep competition.  Any program that has more than 10 students registered could be selected.  All attendees will benefit from hearing exam questions. The program that scores the most points will have breakfast with the AOTA President and Vice-President.

5:30-6:30pm - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent #5 - The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Academia - River Terrace 2
Sheri Montgomery, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
Interested in pursuing a career in Academia?  Follow the journey of a new instructor at an MOT Program to see what successes and challenges were experienced along the way.  Take a look at the value of continuing education, engagement in practice and leadership as you consider and plan your career pathway.

Concurrent #6 - Do I Want to Become a Researcher in the Field of Occupational Therapy?- City Terrace 12
Leigh A. Lehman, PhD, OTR/L, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
An important yet often overlooked career path for occupational therapy students to take is that of becoming a researcher in the field. In order to provide an evidence base for treatments being used in the clinic, research is a necessity. In addition, a career as a researcher is rewarding as it can be seen as an adventure to discover answers to puzzling questions related to the effectiveness of therapy (i.e., questions such as, “Is this treatment approach or strategy leading to improvements?”). This presentation hopes to highlight the possibility of taking a career path that leads to becoming a researcher by pointing out why research is needed, what a researcher does, and how one becomes a research investigator.

 Concurrent #7 - Being an Evidence-Based Practitioner: Fulfilling the Promise of the Centennial Vision- River Terrace 3
Salvador Bondoc, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
This session will describe the importance of evidence-based practice (EBP) in maintaining the viability of the profession. Student participants will reflect on their role in advancing EBP as would-be practitioners. The session review strategies on how to practice with evidence including the utilization of various EBP resources especially those developed by AOTA.

Concurrent #8 - Mock Interview and Resume Critiques * preregistration required - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Bring your Resume and plan on spending 20 minutes one-on-one with an OT practitioner to have it critiqued.  All participants will be provided with a useful packet of information to include potential interview questions.

Saturday, November 16th

8:00am-6:00pm - Registration - Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

8:00am-2:45pm - Exhibits Open - Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

8:30-9:15am - NBCOT’s Competency Paradigm - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Paul Grace, MA, CAE, NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD
Do you know what steps you need to take for obtaining and maintaining YOUR essential credential? Everything is spelled out in one concise session, from early determination and prescreening for initial certification to what to expect at the testing center. This session will include an overview of the value of the NBCOT credential and steps you need to take to maintain your certification.

9:15-10:15am - OTR® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap? - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Margaret Bent, PhD, OTR, NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD
Candidates often ask, “How can I best prepare for the NBCOT® OTR certification exam?” As with any journey it starts with mapping out an effective route. From navigating through the certification examination blueprint to learning a systematic approach to answering examination questions, this session will help you to establish a path that is right for you. Join us as we explore the journey to success!

9:15-10:15am - COTA® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap? - St. Johns
Laura Harper, MOT, OTR, Gaithersburg, MD
Candidates often ask, “How can I best prepare for the NBCOT® COTA certification exam?” As with any journey it starts with mapping out an effective route. From navigating through the certification examination blueprint to learning a systematic approach to answering examination questions, this session will help you to establish a path that is right for you. Join us as we explore the journey to success!

10:15-11:00am - Exhibits Open/Networking Break - Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

11:00am-12:00pm - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent #9 - Clinical Session: Productive Aging - River Terrace 2
Sarah LaRosa, MOT, OTR/L, CLVT, Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Low Vision Therapy, Jacksonville, FL
During this session, students will learn about the impact of low vision on participation in activities of daily living, safety with mobility and psychosocial status. You will be able to define low vision and glean insight into the leading causes of low vision as identified by the CDC. The attendee will understand the relationship between a decline in visual function and participation in activities of daily living, functional and community mobility, and psychosocial status. You will increase your knowledge of environmental adaptations necessary to promote participation in valued occupations for the person with low vision. Information on community resources and potential sources for referral will be provided.

 Concurrent #10 - The Centennial Vision in Action: Know Your Professional Power- River Terrace 3
Amy Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA, Vice-President, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
In this session participants will examine the distinct role that student's bring as our next generation of practitioners to achievement of the Centennial Vision.  We will explore opportunities as we boldly navigate the changing world around us and as we clearly identify the value of occupational therapy.

RehabCare StudentsConcurrent #11 - New Practitioner Panel: Transition to the First Year of Practice- Grand Ballroom 5-8
Sponsored by RehabCare
Lindsey Barnard, COTA/L, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Jacksonville, FL; Dawn Cassarly, COTA, Kindred Hospital, Green Cove Springs, FL; Nicole Cortes, OTD, OTR/L, Rehab Resources James Square, Syracuse, NY; Susan Lingelbach, Renown Rehabilitation Hospital, Reno, NV; Kristen McLaughlin, OTR, Southeastern Therapy for Kids, Virginia Beach, VA
The light at the end of the tunnel is employment. Fortunately, occupational therapy is a rewarding profession that is in high demand. After you complete fieldwork and graduate, how do you decide what job you should take? When do you start to look for a job?  Learn about strategies new graduates used to pass the NBCOT examination. New OT and OTA graduates will share their personal journeys from student to occupational therapy practitioner.  Participants in the panel will represent various practice settings.

Concurrent #12 - Clinical Session: Mental Health- St. Johns
Lisa Mahaffey M.S. OTR/L, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Il 
This session will highlight essential aspects of community mental health practice: interdisciplinary and consumer provider partnerships, the expectation of recovery and its implications for practice, and where and how to look for community mental health jobs as an occupational therapy practitioner. Examples of occupational therapy interventions will be used to illustrate the importance of continually discerning how occupational therapy is the same and different than other mental health disiplines and carving out occupational therapy's role in enabling participation and community integration.

12:00pm-1:00pm - Sponsored Lunch/Networking with Fellow Students – Meet the President and Vice-President of AOTA- Grand Ballroom 5-8

1:00pm-2:45pm – Exhibits Open/Networking Break - Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

RehabCare Students1:30-2:30pm- Policy, Advocacy, & the Future of Occupational Therapy - Grand Ballroom 5-8
Sponsored by RehabCare
Christina Metzler, AOTA, Bethesda, MD; Wendy Welch Jones, OTR/L, AOTPAC Region 4 Director, Magnolia, TX
Health care reform, Medicare cuts, funding for school systems - all of the hotly debated policy issues are influencing the prospects and possibilities for occupational therapy. What will these issues mean to the job market and your career? How can you participate to make the voice of occupational therapy heard loud and clear when these policy decisions are made? Learn how you can join the debate and become an effective advocate for occupational therapy. Empower yourself and your profession to ensure that occupational therapy thrives as you begin your career. Get Informed, get Involved!

2:30-2:45pm - Networking Break- Grand Ballroom 5-8 Foyer

2:45-3:45pm - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent #13 - Clinical Session: Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation- Grand Ballroom 5-8
Erica Ross Nagy, MOT, OT/L, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Jacksonville, FL; Sara D. Uhrig, OTR/L, CHT, Gabriel Rehabilitation, Juno Beach, FL
This presentation will address management of the patient with a hemiplegic shoulder. First we will address causes of hemiplegic shoulder pain and the prevention of complications. We will explore evidence-based practice regarding positioning, ROM, shoulder supports/slings, as well as other modalities that have been studied with this population. Both flaccid and spastic management will be addressed. This presentation will be largely based on evidence in research, but will also provide helpful tidbits from current practice.
The last 10-minutes of the presentation will be about One-Handedponytail.com. This is a resource for a no cost, one-handed ponytail technique for amputees, stroke, trauma, or congenital conditions. You will learn how to make them and how to teach in a graded, OT learning module which considers activity analysis and all occupational therapy performance components.

Concurrent #14 – Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Fieldwork and Beyond - River Terrace 2
Deborah Yarett Slater, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
This interactive session will use case-based analysis of ethical dilemmas that may arise in fieldwork and practice.  Common ethical challenges will be discussed and a framework for decision making to resolve them will be shared.  Resources to guide ethical practice, including the AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (2010) , and options for reporting unethical conduct will  be  provided.

EBS pipConcurrent #15 – Repeat of Concurrent #3 How to Land Your First Job - from A to Z - River Terrace 3
Maureen F. Peterson, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
Sponsored by EBS
Feel confident that you have the right strategies to make a good impression and find a match for your professional interests and needs after attending this interactive session. The presenter is currently an AOTA chief officer who has hired many employees in a variety of settings, and will discuss basic job-seeking strategies and interview expectations. This will include how to talk about "hot" but sensitive areas you need to assess such as "personal fit," productivity requirements, supervision, organizational culture, and more.  The role and occasional perils of social media for job applicants will also be covered. There will also be time to discuss your own questions and concerns as you head out into the job market.

 Concurrent #16 - Clinical Session: Health & Wellness- St. Johns
Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, New Castle, PA
This presentation will take students through the fascinating journey that one occupational therapist has taken from a classroom project to an out-of-the-box career. The trip includes exploring the concepts and application of universal design principles to create amazing play spaces for children of all abilities around the country. Work experience includes nonprofit settings, museums, and playgrounds, and research conducted in each of these environments.

EBS pip4:00-5:00pm – Closing Panel- Grand Ballroom 5-8
Sponsored by EBS
Come prepared to ask your questions of the AOTA and NBCOT leadership.  This will be your opportunity to ask the panelists about any burning issues.  Past experience has shown that this is one of the more popular sessions at the National Student Conclave.  The panel will be moderated by the ASD Steering Committee.

Closing remarks will be provided by the President of AOTA – Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel.