Session Descriptions

Friday, November 13, 2015 

PTE Annual Meeting Registration 

PTE Annual Business Meeting 

9:00am- 11:00am
Inclusive Playground Tours
Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LCC, New Castle, PA
Want to see in person what inclusive playgrounds are like?  Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, President of Kanics Inclusive Design, LLC has set up tour of two playgrounds in the Philadelphia area!  You must have your own transportation.  You are invited to meet Ingrid at the following locations on Friday, November 13th:

9:00 – 10:00am Everybody’s Playground, Lukens Park, 540 Dresher Road, Horsham, PA 19044

10:30-11:30am Inclusive playground @ the Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center, 1030 Horsham Road, Montgomeryville, PA                     

Come dressed to play – no heels!  Tours are limited to 25 participants – to sign up contact Frank Gainer –

If you can’t join Ingrid on the tours – she will be doing a Deep Dive on Building Your Inclusive Playground Toolkit! On Friday afternoon from 3:15-4:15pm at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge. 

Conclave Registration 

Exhibits Open 

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 10 winning program participants - that scores the most points - will have breakfast with the AOTA President and Vice-President. 

Concurrent #1: Career Prep: How to Land Your First Job - from A to Z
Maureen F. Peterson, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD
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. Handout

Concurrent #2: Deep Dive: Becoming a Lifelong Evidence Builder: Reflections on the Road to Research Careers in Occupational Therapy
Ellen L. Kolodner, MSS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Private Practice, Rydal, PA; Susan Haiman, MPS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA; Moya Kinnealy, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Private Practice, Philadelphia, PA; Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Have you ever wondered what it looks like to be a career scientist in the field of occupational therapy? Or considered what opportunities would best prepare you to be part of building the evidence base and making cutting edge advances in the field? Members of the AOTF Leaders & Legacies Society, who have made career science their area of practice will share their individual stories of opportunities that shaped their career trajectory. 

Concurrent #3: Deep Dive: Building Your Inclusive Playground Toolkit!
Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, New Castle, PA
This presentation will take OTs into the world of playground design. Learn what it takes to create a cutting edge inclusive playground in your community and the unique perspective and knowledge that OTs can bring to a community playground.  Walk away with a new knowledge of how playground are designed and how universal design can be applied to a playground design to make it a place where everyone of all ages and abilities can come and play. Handout

Concurrent #4: Career Prep: Mock Interviews/Resume Critiques
Preregistration required (available at time of registration). Bring your Resume and plan on spending 15 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. Mock Interview Schedule

Concurrent #5: Deep Dive: INNOVATION & IMPACT:  An Emerging Role of OT in Arts Accessibility
Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Individuals with social and cognitive disabilities are often isolated from diverse and rich community life experiences in the cultural arts. Challenges for inclusion in arts experiences include societal and organizational barriers. OT’s are serving as consultants and advisors to arts organizations in addressing social and organizational challenges to increase accessibility services. This presentation will present a practice model and examples of successful population and organizational OT practices. Handout

Concurrent #6: Ask-an-Expert Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation Panel
Holly Ehrenfried, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA,
Stephanie Farm, MS, OTR/L, Moss Rehab Elkins Park, Elkins Park, PA, Rozanni Senanayake OTD, MS, OTR/L, CEAS, CHT, Washington Hand Therapy, Woodinville, Kirkland, Bellevue, WA

Learn from master clinicians!  Each clinician will give a brief description of their current position and share insights in this practice area.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about areas of interest.

Student Meet and Greet & Happy Hour with AOTA Leaders
Meet the Assembly of Student Delegates Steering Committee and have a photo op with AOTA’s President and President-Elect. Philadelphia students with be available to assist in making your plans for the night.  Includes cash bar.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 


Exhibits Open/Posters Available 

NBCOT Certification: Your Certification Guide & Guardian
Paul Grace, MS, CAE, President/CEO, NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD
Learn the role of certification in supporting OT practice excellence, and see first-hand the tools NBCOT provides to support certificants’ competency journey. 

Concurrent #7: OTR® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap?
Becky Russell, OTR, Assistant Director of Competency Assessment, 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! 

Concurrent #8: COTA® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap?
Margaret Bent, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Director of Competency Assessment, NBCOT, 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! 

Exhibits Open/Networking Break/Poster Presentations Available 

Concurrent #9: Career Prep: Know Your Value
Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA, President-Elect, American Occupational Therapy Association 2015-2016; Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
The AOTA 2015 Workforce Salary Survey provides members with the resources they need to have knowledge and power in the negotiation process. We will examine opportunities to position ourselves for success in the workplace, negotiating, reducing the gender gap, and valuing ourselves fairly.

Concurrent #10: Level II Fieldwork Panel
Caryn Reichlin Johnson, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Thomas Jefferson University,
Philadelphia, PA; Christy Geaney, MS, OT OTA Recent Graduate, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; Lori Allen, OTA, Recent Graduate, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA; Michelle Marshina, OTD, OTR/L, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Emily Perose, COTA/L, UUH Outreach, Philadelphia, PA

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.

Concurrent #11: Deep Dive: The Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Academia
Lydia S. Navarro-Walker, OTR/L,  Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 
Ever consider a teaching role? Think it's too soon? Join me for this interactive session to discuss your options when considering a dual role as clinician and instructor within your professional practice. Real-life examples will be provided to explore opportunities within the clinical and academic setting.

Sponsored Lunch 

Exhibits Open

Concurrent #12: Deep Dive: Policy, Advocacy, Future of OT
John R. Ray, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
Empower yourself through advocacy. The policy debates of today will surely have long lasting impacts on the future of the profession. Hear how issues like Medicare payment reform, Affordable Care Act implementation, and education funding may impact the job market and your career. Learn how to become an effective advocate for the profession and use your voice to ensure the future of occupational therapy is bright. Get Informed, Get Involved!

Concurrent #13: Career Prep: How To Stand Out and Make a Good Impression: Professional Skill Building Strategies
Marilyn Rosee, MS, OTR and Lisa Davis, MA, OTR, THerapeutic Resources, Long Island City, NY
For the novice therapist, professional behavior is expected on day one in the field, and will be a major factor in determining career success. This presentation will demonstrate the traits expected of a professional, help the new therapist assess their own strengths and weaknesses and provide strategies to improve professional skills.

Concurrent #14: Ask an Expert: Older Adults Panel
Emily Perose, COTA/L, UUH Outreach, Philadelphia, PA; Michelle Baun, OTR/L, Penny Pack Center, 
Philadelphia, PA

Learn from master clinicians! Each clinician will give a brief description of their current position and share insights in this practice area. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about areas of interest

Movement break 
Time for some moving & shaking with Assembly of Student Delegate leaders. We’ll guide you through some light stretches and strong proprioceptive input. Get regulated, get modulated, and get pumped for the next sessions!

Concurrent #15: Ask-an-Expert: New Practitioner Panel
Stephanie Esgro, MS, OTR/L, Tucker House Rehab & Nursing via Tender Touch Rehab Services,
Philadelphia, PA; Dan Fichter, OTD, OTR/L, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Erin Shervinskie, MS, OTR/L, Philadelphia, PA; Ellen Wleklinski, OTR/L, Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles, CA

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 #16: Deep Dive: The Role of an Occupational Therapist on a Burn Unit
Lisa LePage, OTR/L, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA 
This session will provide an introduction of a burn unit and cover basic principles that need to be complied with on a daily basis by staff and patients.  In addition, the following areas will be addressed: description of different types of burns and basic would care principles, surgical interventions, interdisciplinary therapy interventions, scar management, and social/emotional considerations. Handout

Concurrent #17: Ask-an-Expert: School-based Practice
Becky Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Exton, PA; Cynthia Haynes, OTD, MEd, MBA, OTR/L,EBS Healthcare, West Chester, PA, Laura Boyle Nester, OTR/L, Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Exton, PA  
Learn from master clinicians! Each clinician will give a brief description of their current position and share insights in this practice area. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about areas of interest.

Concurrent #18: Diversity & the Centennial Vision: Fostering Inclusivity in OT Practice
Dominique Como, Sara Lewandowski, Kelsey Peterson, Melanie Symister, Joseph Christian Ungco; all from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Learn what it takes to a create an intersectional mindset for your clients & in your community. In 2 years, the Centennial Vision will come to fruition: to diversify our workforce and to meet the occupational needs of clients coming from all walks of life. This student-led interactive session will help you build the skills you need to be an inclusive practitioner.

Concurrent #19: Deep Dive: Sex and Intimacy: An Occupational Therapy Perspective
Kathryn Ellis, MOT, OTR/L, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Specific diagnoses and corresponding deficits which impact participation in sex and intimacy will be identified. Attendees will increase their comfort level with discussing sex and intimacy with patients. Handout

Concurrent #20: Career Prep: Strategies for the NBCOT Exam
Caroline Polk, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
This session is designed to help students make preparation for the NBCOT OTR and COTA exams more efficient and effective. Students will develop a personal "roadmap" for exam preparation. Handout

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.