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Friday, November 3
9:00am-6:00pm
Registration Open

9:00am-4:30pm
Exhibits Open

10:00am-12:00pm
Pre-Conference #1: Living the OT Dream: Strategies For Crushing Your OT Career Goals!

Brandon Seigel, Every Child Achieves & Wellness Works Management Partners, North Hollywood, CA
This workshop will provide different perspectives on preparing for a successful career as an occupational therapy practitioner in an ever-changing environment. From resumes and cover letters to impressing hiring managers, this fun workshop will provide OT and OTA students with strategies for crushing their career goals!

Pre-Conference #2: Introduction to Low Vision for the Occupational Therapy Generalist
Jason E. Vice, MS, OTR/L, University of Alabama Center for Low Vision, Birmingham, AL; Beth Barstow PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
This introduction to low vision rehabilitation will provide participants with knowledge of low vision characteristics, demographics, common conditions, screening and evaluation and intervention strategies. Participants will engage in video analysis and hands on experience with common screening tools.

12:00pm-1:30pm
Lunch on Your Own

12:30pm-1:30pm
Posters from Pi Theta Epsilon

Meet and interact with your colleagues to learn about their research during this Pi Theta Epsilon peer-reviewed poster session.

1:30pm-2:30pm
Concurrent #1: Career Prep: The Mouth Trap: Effective Strategies For Keeping Your Foot Out Of Your Mouth As A Clinician!
In this session, OT and OTA students will unlock strategies on how to keep their foot out of their mouth when faced with challenging patients, colleagues, or supervisors. From understanding the role of empathy in a clinician’s communication to strategies for conflict resolution, this engaging presentation will prepare OT and OTAs to optimize their patient outcomes through effective communication.

Concurrent #2: Deep Dive: Opportunities in Academia & Research
TBA

Concurrent #3: Wondering about Wandering? Travel Therapy 101
Amy M. Beribak, OTD, OTR/L, AMITA Home Health, Elk Grove Village, IL
Come join us and learn about the Who-What-When-Where-Whys (or Why Nots) and How of travel therapy from a current traveling therapist! This session, about the ins and outs of travel therapy, is designed as two parts: informative presentation and Q&A. Bring any questions that you might have -- presenter would love to answer them and help you understand this exciting field. For OT and OTA students.

2:30pm-2:45pm
Networking Break

2:45pm-3:45pm
Concurrent #4:  Career Prep: Mock Interviews/Resume Critiques

Brandon Seigel, Every Child Achieves & Wellness Works Management Partners, North Hollywood, CA
Preregistration required (available at time of registration). 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.

Concurrent #5: Ask the Experts: Adult Rehabilitation
Megan R. Sortino, MSOT, OTR/L, Spain Rehab Center, Birmingham, AL
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 #6:  The Role of Occupational Therapy in Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis
Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
This session will focus on the scope of the opioid crisis and the information that OT practitioners need to know. There will also be an overview of pain management principles and some of the non-pharmacological approaches that OT can provide. Participants will be provided with extensive resources to continue their learning after the session. 

3:45pm-4:00pm
Networking Break

4:00pm-4:15pm
Welcome

Saturday, November 4

8:00am-5:00pm
Registration Open

8:00am-8:30am
Posters from Pi Theta Epsilon

Meet and interact with your colleagues to learn about their research during this Pi Theta Epsilon peer-reviewed poster session.

8:30am-9:15am
An Overview of NBCOT’s Certification Products and Services

Becky Russell, OTR, NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD

Learn the role NBCOT plays to verify practice excellence through certification, and see first-hand the tools NBCOT provides to support certificant’s competency journey. 

9:15am-10:15am
NBCOT:  Strategies for Success

Barbara Williams, DrOT, OTR, NBCOT, Gaithersburg, MD
Connect with NBCOT and hear about the best approaches to achieve your goal for Occupational Therapy Certification.   

10:00am-2:00pm
Exhibits Open

10:15am-10:30am
Networking Break

10:30am-11:30am
Concurrent #7: Career Prep: Vision 2025: The Future of Occupational Therapy

Amy J. Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA, President, AOTA and  Shawn Phipps, PhD, OTR/L,  FAOTA, Vice-President, both from AOTA, Bethesda, MD
This session will highlight AOTA's plan for transitioning from the Centennial Vision to Vision 2025, including an interactive presentation and discussion of AOTA's strategic priorities in pursuit of Vision 2025

Concurrent #8: The Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Oncology Rehabilitation
Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
This presentation will overview the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in oncology rehabilitation. The effects of cancer and its treatments on occupational performance will be reviewed and strategies for occupational therapy interventions across the cancer care continuum will be discussed. 

Concurrent #9: Early Mobility in Acute Care: The Value of OT
Kathleen T. Foley, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Brenau University, Norcross, GA
This session will provide a summary of the evidence supporting early mobilization of clients in hospital settings.  Case scenarios will be used to illustrate potential OT intervention activities that incorporate early mobility and documentation that reflects the distinct value of OT.

11:30am-12:45pm
Sponsored Lunch

12:15pm-12:45pm
Posters from Pi Theta Epsilon

Meet and interact with your colleagues to learn about their research during this Pi Theta Epsilon peer-reviewed poster session.

12:45pm-1:45pm
Concurrent #10: Deep Dive: Policy, Advocacy, Future of OT

Jill Tighe, AOTA,  Bethesda, MD
Empower yourself through advocacy. The policy debates of today will surely have long lasting impacts on the future of the profession. Learn to utilize your voice in an effective way to protect and promote the distinct value of OT. Hear how Congressional actions 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 #11: Career Prep: Strategies for the NBCOT Exam
Caroline Polk, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
Informal Q&A session on study strategies for the NBCOT. Email your questions and concerns to examprep@aota.org before November  1

Concurrent #12: Ask the Experts: Children & Youth
Leslie Box Simms, MS, OTR/L, Civitan-Sparks Clinics, UAB, Birmingham,AL
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.

1:45pm-2:00pm
Networking Break

2:00pm-3:00pm
Concurrent #13: New Practitioner Panel
Brandi Broome-Green, COTA/L, Therapy Management Corporation, Altoona, AL; Erin Killen, OTR/L, UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL
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 #14: Deep Dive: Burns
TBA

Concurrent #15: Career Prep: Earn What You Deserve
Amy J. Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA, President, AOTA, Bethesda, MD

3:00pm-3:15pm
Networking Break

3:15pm-4:15pm
Concurrent #16: Ask the Experts: Productive Aging
Laura S. Hollis, OTR/L, North Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL
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 #17: Level II Fieldwork Panel
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 #18: Tics NOT Ticks and OT: An Emerging Area of Practice for Occupational Therapy
Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, Children's of Alabama, Birmingham, AL; Debi Hinerfeld, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Self-Employed, Roswell, GA
Participants will hear the historical overview of tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome and the methods of treatment over time. In addition, they will learn about the new ‘gold standard’ of treatment and OTs role in that therapy and how they can become involved in this emerging area of practice.

4:15pm-4:20pm
Room Switch

4:20pm-5:00pm
Closing: Oxford Debate