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Join OTAC's Membership Services Challenge Today!

Posted : December 13, 2017

Did you know that Colorado covers 104,185 square miles, I-70 extends across the state 450 miles and I-25 is 305 miles long?  That’s a lot of space! Another statistic you may not know is there are over 5,500  occupational therapy practitioners registered in the state of Colorado (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, 2017).  Wow, that is an impressive number of caring and outstanding individuals! What would that look like to you if all 5,500 occupational therapy practitioners were connected?  How would connectivity  increase the opportunity to build mentoring relationships, allow for more job opportunities, improve CEU opportunities, diversify perspectives on patient-care, increase OT awareness across the state and in legislation, and allow the opportunity for friendships?  Many of these opportunities are relatable to what OTAC provides as member benefits! For OTAC to expand and reach all occupational therapy practitioners across the state, it takes both volunteers and resources. OTAC Membership Services’ goal for 2018 is to obtain 529 members. As of November 29th, we are currently at 427.  We need 102 more members by the end of 2018.  How can YOU help us reach our goal? Reach out to your fellow OT Practitioners, and students to promote the benefits of OTAC membership. I believe that with help from you, we will reach our goal!

To help our efforts, I challenge you to complete at least one of the following: Refer a friend, attend an OTAC event other than Conference, join an OTAC committee, or apply for an OTAC Board position.   Click here to complete one of these challenges today; it’s easier than you think! Thank you for your support.

Amber Sand, BS, COTA/L

OTAC Chair of Membership Services

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. (2017). OT and OTA Roster. Retrieved from


Call For Conference Committee Volunteers

Posted: December 13, 2017

We are looking for volunteers for the 2018 Conference Committee. There will be an OTAC Conference Committee meeting on January 4 at 5:30PM held at the OTAC Office. Come learn about the committee and get involved with the 2018 conference! If interested or have questions please email


CSU Students Visit  Japan To Learn About Occupational Therapy Abroad

Posted: December 13, 2017

In October, eight occupational therapy students from CSU participated in a trip to Yamagata, Japan. The trip is part of an ongoing relationship between CSU’s Department of Occupational Therapy and Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) located in Yamagata, Japan. The schools, which have had a partnership since 2002, see the exchange as a way to both understand and share the culture of the two countries while also promoting the profession of occupational therapy. The students said that a visit to a skilled nursing facility was one of the highlights of the experience. Erika Cooley, a second year student at CSU and program participant, says, “the facility was full of color, activity, excitement, and therefore, happy residents. It’s a testament to how much Japanese people value their elderly.”

CSU also hosted professors, students, and practicing occupational therapists from Japan. Kayako Yokoi, a professor from Yamagata who has been in the department for the fall semester says that she “appreciates how much occupational therapy in the United States values research.” She went on to say that this helps not only the students of the profession, but also the people that occupational therapy practitioners serve.  

Ryan Kepler, OTS

CSU Student Representative


Update On Creighton University’s Regis Pathway 

Posted: December 13, 2017

Creighton University’s Regis Pathway is coming to the end of another successful fall semester. The class of 2018 is finishing their second Level II fieldwork and will get a break before beginning their doctoral experiential components in the spring. The students have chosen a myriad of different settings and projects to complete during their doctoral experiential component (DEC). Some examples of areas of focus include clinical work, program development, and education in hospitals, outpatient clinics, school systems, and universities. Some students will be completing certifications in lymphedema management, working on occupational therapy legislation, or developing a wellness program for patients with cancer.

The class of 2019 had an exciting opportunity for community outreach recently. This semester’s geriatrics course included a partnership with a Brookdale assisted living facility in the Denver area. The students were partnered with different residents and spent time with them throughout the semester. The requirements included inter-professional collaboration with physical therapists and speech therapists at the facility, and the experience culminated in a Christmas party planned and provided by the Creighton Regis Pathway students.

The 2020 class is finishing up their first semester of OT school this week. One final requirement of the fall semester was to create a Professional Identity Project that links the students’ definition of occupational therapy to what they have learned about the profession. Each student presented  their project in the modality they saw fit, including utilizing a poster, decorating an object, painting an image, writing a poem or song, or baking. 

The Creighton-Regis Pathway wishes you a happy holiday season!

Samantha Kelly, OTS

Creighton-Regis Student Representative


Join The Center For Innovative OT Solutions (CIOTS) And CSU For Evaluation of Social Interaction Taught by Anne G. Fisher

Posted: December 13, 2017
The Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) is an observational assessment of a person’s

quality of social interaction during natural social exchanges with typical social partners.

The Evaluation of Social Interaction is a valid and reliable assessment:

  • For clients 2 1/2 years and above, including older adults.
  • Appropriate for people of any diagnosis (include well or at risk).

By the end of an ESI training course, participants will be able to:

  • Administer and score the ESI in a valid and reliable way.
  • Interpret ESI results, including computer-generate reports.
  • Write occupation-focused documentation using the ESI skill item taxonomy.
  • Document occupation-centered client goals.
  • Design occupation-centered interventions using ESI results.
  • Compare two ESI observation results to measure change over time.

When: January 10-12, 2018

Hours:  Wednesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Colorado State University, Occupational Therapy Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523

Rater Calibration Requirements
Participants will view and score real videotaped and live ESI observations during the course and observe and score 10 people after the course within 3 months following the course.


$100 Discount off of the $795 course fee for OTs who are OTAC members!
$475 CSU OT Student Price

$795 OTs, $635 Non-CSU OT Students.  The cost covers tuition, ESI manual, 3-year ESI license key for OTAP software, and rater calibration data analyses.

Early bird registration deadline is December 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Add a $65 fee after that date.

More information
Visit the CIOTS website, or call 970-416-8612.

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