Occupational Therapy in the United States
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association for occupational therapy practitioners in the United States. Many benefits are available to internationally trained therapists who join AOTA.
AOTA members have access to information about employment opportunities, practice information, and state licensure requirements. Members can access private forums (listservs) regarding a wide variety of practice areas and settings.
Members receive discounts for continuing education products, books, and conferences. Members receive the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), AOTA's professional journal, and OT Practice, a news magazine with practice-related articles that is published 22 times a year.
In addition, members of AOTA, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and the British Association of Occupational Therapists have access to each other’s professional journals, and they pay the member rate to attend each other’s conferences.
We recommend becoming a member of AOTA to develop awareness of national policies, professional conduct, and guidelines and standards governing practice in the United States.