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2020 VOTA Annual Conference

  • 7 Mar 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Capitol Plaza, Montpelier VT


2020 VOTA COnference

Come join us for a magnificent day of education, 
connections and collaboration

2020 Annual Conference Keynote

“Promoting the Value of Mental Health in Occupational Therapy”

Ashleigh Graveline

  • Understand the roots of mental health in occupational therapy and how it has evolved

  • Identify the need for therapists to have a broad understanding of the attitudinal environment and the stigma of mental illness 

  • Understand the evidence-based outcomes of occupational therapy in mental health

  • Identify how to advocate for state and federal preventative services and how to overcome barriers

  • Identify how to ensure that educational programs are equipped to support students’ knowledge and skill development as mental health professionals 

  • Review the results of a six-week evidence-based occupational therapy project “Using Experiential Learning with Occupational Therapy Students to Increase Confidence in the Mental Health Setting

* Each Registrant chooses one presentation to attend. Please pick your choice when registering.  

Session One 

Mental Health Panel 

"Mental Health Panel"

Presented by Local Vermont Therapist from Brattlerboro Retreat, UVM Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Central Vermont Home Health 

Learning Objective 1: Be introduced to mental health OTs across Vermont. Learn about their positions, facilities, types of supports and mental health challenges noted across Vermont.

 Learning Objective 2: Bring questions to discuss with panelists. Question and answer session to help gather effective ways to support mental health in facilities across Vermont. 

Assistive Technology Across the Life Span

"Assistive Technology (A.T.) Across the Lifespan"

Presented by Tracy Roux

Learning Objective: Review AT tryout center services, observe demonstrations of tools use, and be introduced to a variety of Assistive Technology tools across the life span. 

Session Two

Focus Group Break out sessions

Lead by Local Vermont Therapist

Collaborate and network with other Vermont Occupational Therapist. Join a table discussion on any of the listed topics: Home Modifications, Reimbursement in Home Health and SNF, Adult Neuro, Vision, Pediatrics toileting/feeding and OT as an Entrepreneur. 

Lunch provided with gluten-free options 

Annual VOTA Business Meeting

Session Three

Functional Cognition

 "Choosing the Right Cognitive Assessment in a Post-Acute Setting"

Presented by Laurie Cechie OTR and Felicia Chew OTR

Learning Objective 1: Explore and identify cognitive screening and assessment tools available and appropriate for use in the post-acute care continuum to promote comprehensive assessment and patient-centered care for clients with cognitive impairment

Learning Objective 2: Explain how the choice of appropriate cognitive assessments in post-acute care settings may influence intervention strategies that identify solutions, achieve clinical outcomes, contribute to client satisfaction, and facilitate client participation in everyday living.

Sensory and Behavior

"Treating Underlying regulatory, emotional and sensory deficits in infants and young children with high irritability"

Presented by Georgia Degangi Ph.D,OTR, FAOTA

Learning Objective 1:  Recognize the manifestation of high irritability in children with a range of constitutional and emotional factors. 

Learning Objective 2: Apply treatment strategies to address the constitutional and emotional needs of children who experience high irritability.

Session Four

Hand Therapy  

"Treatment Approaches for Common Upper Extremity/ Hand Problems"

Presented by Jennifer Eslinger OTR, Julie Sonack OTR, and Anne Hulvey OTR

Learning Objective: Discuss more in-depth commonly seen injuries: fractures, arthritis, tendinitis, nerve compressions, trigger fingers, and hand contracture.  Therapists are encouraged to bring questions and case studies.  

Collaborative Goal Writing

"Collaborative Goal Writing"

Learning Objective 1: Learn how to formulate collaborative goals for across setting supports (academic and other relative services (BCBA, SLP, PT).

Learning Objective 2: Break out to discuss with fellow OTs to develop collaborative goals.  Samples will be provided on each table for participants’ use. Bring your own goals to communicate and collaborate with other OTs to learn best ways to develop across settings goals.  

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