Session Descriptions

The 2014 National Student Conclave has been Completed. For future AOTA conferences please visit the Conferences & Events page.

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 2014 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 

Friday, November 14, 2014

8:00am - 9:00 am - PTE Annual Meeting Registration
9:00am - 12:00 pm – PTE Annual Business Meeting
1:30pm - 6:30 pm – Conclave Registration/Exhibits Open
2:30pm - 6:30 pm – Posters Available (Presenters available 2:30-3:00 pm)
3:00pm - 4:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions

  • Concurrent #1 -  Clinical Session: Work & Industry (Landmark 1-3)
    Lisa Jaegers, PhD, OTR/L, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
    Practicing occupational therapy in the area of Work & Industry gives you many opportunities for being creative and innovative to meet the needs of your clients in the workplace. This session will explore the many roles of OT in Work & Industry including special emphasis on injury prevention, ergonomics, and rehabilitation. Other areas including health and wellness, work accommodations, and work adaptations will also be discussed. Students will be provided with a list of resources related to each of these areas of practice within Work & Industry.
  • Concurrent #2 -  Clinical Session: Children & Youth (Landmark 5-7)
    Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
    A discussion of how to apply a public health approach to mental health in practice with children and youth will be presented followed by a description of an OT led Ohio Department of Education (ODE) grant emphasizing occupational therapy’s role in mental health promotion throughout the day including classroom, lunch, recess, and after-school activities.
  •  Concurrent #3 -  How to Land Your First Job - from A to Z (Majestic Ballroom A-E) (full page slides)
    Maureen F. Peterson, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, AOTA, 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. 
  • Concurrent #4-Level II Fieldwork Panel (Majestic Ballroom F-H)
    Sarah Walsh, MOT, OTR/L, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO; Brittany Conners, MOT, OTR/L, and Rachel Smith, MOT, OTR/L, Supplemental Health Care/ St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, MO; Stephanie Stegman, MOT, OTR/L, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO  
    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.

4:15-5:15 pm - Welcome (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
5:30-6:30 pm – Concurrent Sessions

  •  Concurrent #5 - The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Academia(Landmark 1-3) (full page slides)
    S. Maggie Maloney, PhD, OTR/L, Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO and Lauren E. Milton, OTD, OTR/L, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
    Presenters will discuss how to make the transition from clinician to academician:  What are the differences in the two roles? How does one prepare to make the transition? How does one find the positions in academics?  What are the requirements of a position as an academician and/or fieldwork coordinator?  Does one have to have a PhD?  They will also then discuss our own personal journeys as we undertook this career path.
  • Concurrent #6 - Do I Want to Become a Researcher? (Landmark 5-7) (full page slides)
    S. Omar Ahmad, OTD, PhD Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO
    Items covered in this presentation will include: exploring the terminal degree offerings available to the MOT/MSOT post graduation and how do they fit with a future in research; training needed to become a researcher; what is tenure track and tenure at a University; and what are some of the contemporary issues in research today.
  • Concurrent #7 - Mock Interview and Resume Critiques (Majestic Ballroom A-E) 
    Preregistration required (Available when registration opens)

    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 15, 2014

8:00am-5:00 pm – Registration
8:00am-2:15 pm - Exhibits Open/Posters Available (Presenters available 8:00-8:30 am)
8:30-9:15 am - NBCOT Certification: Earn it, Protect it, Keep it (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
Paul Grace, MS, CAE and Margaret Bent, PhD, OTR,  NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD
What steps do you need to obtain and maintain YOUR essential OT credential?  The focus of this session is the value of the NBCOT credential and methods to assist you with keeping your certification.  Using gaming technologies as a platform, NBCOT has created new evidence-based tools offering a dynamic interface for engaging in continued professional development.  Come and see first-hand how these tools can support your OT practice.
9:15-10:15 am - OTR® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap? (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
Barbara Williams, DrOT, 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!
9:15-10:15 am - COTA® Examination Preparation – What’s Your Roadmap? (Majestic Ballroom F-H)
Becky Russell, OTR, 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!  
10:15-10:45 am - Exhibits Open/Networking Break/Poster Presenters Available
10:45-11:45 am - Concurrent Sessions

  • Concurrent #8 -  Clinical Session: Productive Aging (Majestic Ballroom F-H)
    Amanda Cline OTR/L, Laclede Groves, St. Louis, MO
    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 #9 -  New Practitioner Panel: Transition to the First Year of Practice (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
    Heidi Carpenter, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; Samantha Simons, OTR/L ,Pediatric Therapy Network, Chicago, IL; Kayla Toennies, MOT, OTR/L, St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland, IL; Sarah Slack, COTA/L, Millennium Therapy, Northwest, IA; and Paige Huber, OTR/L, SSM Rehabilitation Hospital, Richmond Heights, MO
    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 #10 -  Clinical Session: Mental Health(Landmark 1-3)
    Katherine A. Burson, MS, OTR/L, CPRP, Illinois Department of Human Services, Hines, IL
    Using Illinois as an example, Ms. Burson will explain why the job market for occupational therapy practitioners in mental health is expanding. She will talk about the changing role of occupational therapy in mental health with an emphasis on how occupational therapy practitioners can use their understanding of occupational performance and participation to facilitate community integration and participation. This understanding will prepare students to market themselves and their skills in a way that meets client, service system, and professional identity needs.
11:45 am-12:45 pm - Sponsored Lunch/Networking with Fellow Students
12:45-2:15 pm – Exhibits Open/Networking Break
1:00-2:00pm – Policy, Advocacy, & the Future of Occupational Therapy (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
Tim Casey, 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!
2:00-2:15 pm – Networking Break
2:15-3:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions
  • Concurrent #11 -  Clinical Session: Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
    Lauren Souders, MOT, OTR/L, Saint Louis University & Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
    With stroke being the leading cause of serious long term disability in the United States, there is much effort in rehabilitation to return one whose had a stroke to their prior occupations and at highest level of independence. This is most difficult when motor recovery is minimal. However, new clinical research is addressing the use of neuroprosthetics and brain computer interfaces (BCI) to tap into neuroplasticity of the brain to achieve motor recovery. This session will focus on this emerging technology and treatment approach in hopes of restoring functional use of the affected upper extremity.
  • Concurrent #12 – Town Hall on OTD as Entry-Level Degree (Majestic Ballroom F-H)
    Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, President, AOTA, Bethesda, MD, Amy Lamb, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Vice-President, AOTA, Bethesda, MD and Timothy J. Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St, Louis, MO
    Join AOTA President Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel ; Vice President Dr. Amy J. Lamb and Board Director Dr. Timothy J. Wolf for this open discussion on the Board of Director’s recently released statement on transitioning doctorate as the single point of entry for the occupational therapist.
  • Concurrent #13 - Clinical Session: Health & Wellness (Landmark 1-3) (full page slides)
    Sherry Muir, MOT, OTR/L, Saint Louis University St, Louis, MO
    Healthcare reform has created an exciting opportunity for OT to move into a new area of practice, Primary Care. This program will describe will provide a brief explanation of these opportunities and explain how OT has been integrated into several different primary care settings at Saint Louis University. Challenges to those entering this practice area will be discussed, including possible solutions. Case examples will be used to illustrate remedial and health & wellness programming that has been successfully provided to date.

3:30-4:30 pm – Closing (Majestic Ballroom A-E)
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.

Schedule Subject to Change.