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2nd Annual OTA Symposium - 2025 Virtual

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Cancellation/Refund Policy. $35 is retained to cover cancellation/refund processing costs. Written notice must be received in the OTAC office by February 20, 2024 to be eligible for refunds. No refunds after this date. Disclaimer: OTAC reserves the right to make changes to the program. No refunds will made based on these changes.


Past OTA Symposiums

2024 1st Annual OTA Symposium

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2024 OTA Symposium On Demand Recordings
Creating an Intentional Professional Development Plan - $35 members/$45 nonmembers - 1.5 PDUs
Abi Swidergal, MS, COTA/L, CKTP, ROH, and Melissa Tilton, MS, COTA/L, ROH
Occupational therapy practitioners are bound to practice acts, licensure requirements, and code of ethics to ensure we are providing effective intervention in creation of the best possible outcomes for each client and practice. To do so, we must engage in an intentional process for creating our professional development plans. Practitioners will identify methods for intentional planning of professional development.- 2/2024
The OTA Workforce Study - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 1.25 PDUs
Sharon Pavlovich, EdD, COTA/L
In collaboration with the California Board of Occupational Therapy, the California Community College Centers of Excellence conducted a 2019 California Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce Survey for OTAs in California. This presentation will examine the report findings which combine original survey data with recent educational and employment statistics and projections to describe the current OTA workforce, the educational programs that train OTAs, and the growing employer demand for OTAs in California.- 2/2024
Resistance Is Futile - $20 members/$30 nonmembers - 0.75 PDUs
Rodney Harris, COTA/L
Rodney's journey from law enforcement to occupational therapy is a testament to the value of adaptability and recognition of the constant evolution of life. He will elaborate on how staying abreast of change enhances our ability to facilitate occupation-based interactions, ultimately contributing to improved outcomes for those we serve. He aims to inspire a mindset of adaptability and continuous learning, emphasizing the profound impact it can have on the field of occupational therapy.- 2/2024
Building Bridges: A Journey of Occupational Therapy Assistants in Education and Leadership - - $30 members/$40 nonmembers - 1.25 PDUs
Laura Deary, BS, COTA/L, and Jessica Padilla, COTA/L
The journey of two occupational therapy assistants whose history of volunteerism at the state and national organizational levels, coupled with their passion for the future of occupational therapy practitioners, has led them ultimately into the field of academia. The presenters will reflect on their journeys and expose the possibilities for other OTAs to follow in their footsteps.- 2/2024