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connections and collaboration
2020 Annual Conference Keynote
“Promoting the Value of Mental Health in Occupational Therapy”
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.
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.
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
"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.
"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.