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2024 Conference Schedule

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH JULY 31ST!


Thursday - September 12th

2:00-4:00PM
Location: TBD

Event: Community service - more information to come!


4:00 - 6:30PM
Location: Event Entrance
Event: Registration 

  • Check in
  • Pick up:  meal tickets and swag!

6:30 - 7:30PM
Location: Main Event and Vendor Exhibitor Booths

Event: Dessert Reception (FREE)

  • Killer Apple Pie from Drive-by Pie
  • Sherbet (GF/DF) with fruit & toppings
  • Meet local vendors and local information booths
  • Network

7:30-8:30PM
Location: Main Event
Event: 
 
Welcome! Special presentation.


8:30- ?

FREE time

  • Fire pit
  • Networking
  • On site bar*
  • Arcade*
  • Bowling*

*Open until 10


Friday - September 13th

7:00-8:15AM
Location: Main Event
Event: 
 

  • Networking
  • Breakfast *ticket purchase*
  • Free coffee

8:15-9:00AM
Location: Main Event
Event: 

  • Presidential Address
  • Linda Crawford, OTAC President
  • Alyson Stover, AOTA President 

9:00-9:45AM
Location:
Main Event
Event: 

  • 2024 Awards Ceremony
  • 2023 Award Winner Speeches

15 minute break

10:00-10:45AM
Location: Main Event
Event:
Legislative Update

  • Legislator Guest
  • OTAC Advocacy Updates

15 minute break

    11:00AM-1:00PM
    Event: Session 1

    Integrating Objective Posture Assessment and Cueing into Occupational Based Practice: An Opportunity Often Missed!  
    Presenter: Amy Mayer, OTD, OTR/L, RYT
    Location: Main Event Room (back)
    Contact Hours: 2.0

    Posture has an impact on pain, performance, healing, organ function, balance, joint wear and tear, and resiliency via fascia. In this session we’ll apply an objective approach to assessing and cuing posture inside your most valued occupations and the occupations you employ in your practice with clients. You’ll also learn how to empower your clients by providing them with strategies for improving posture at home.

    It's Going Swimmingly: Occupational Therapy with a Focus on Aquatics, Pediatrics & Entrepreneurship    
    Presenter: Holly Ross,  OTR/L,WSI, LTP, ATRIC
    Location: Pool
    Contact Hours: 2.0
    Are you ready to be the student, the teacher & the clinician at the same time? This workshop will challenge you physically & mentally, to consider aquatics in Occupational Therapy. With both in & out of water learning, this opportunity will teach you rhythmic breathing, principles of aquatic exercise, trying out adaptive equipment, and review case studies where you practice becoming an aquatic practitioner. After in water activities, we’ll move into our dry land debriefing to go over what you learned, how to apply it to your practice, building unconventional practice, and how to argue your clinical point to insurance.

    Advocating for the OT Profession + 2024 State/National Legislation Update 
    Presenter:
    Heidi Kungi, OTD, OTR/L
    Location: Main Event Room (front)
    Contact Hours: 2.0
    State and national legislation directly impacts OT practice including who OT practitioners can serve, where they can work and how much they’re paid. Laws and policies protect and maintain OT practitioners’ current clientele and work settings while establishing new practice areas and striving for a livable wage. Without laws and policies, people could practice illegally without licensure and encroach on our interventions and clientele claiming to be the new experts of certain fields. By attending this presentation, participants will learn current legislation affecting the OT profession and learn new ways to advocate locally and nationally. Participants will then discuss how legislation impacts their specific practice setting and list ways to take action now. Finally, participants will learn how to remain informed and continue their advocacy efforts, so they can lead legislative change as the OT expert as laws and policies continue to evolve and hopefully reflect and support the growing OT profession.


    Stop Fearing Success: An Occupational Therapist's Approach to Entrepreneurship  
    Presenter: 
    Krista Covell-PiersonOTR/L, BCM-PMD

    Location: Craft Room
    Contact Hours: 2.0

    Whether you are an entrepreneur, aspiring manager or leader, dreamer of ways to improve practice, or someone just wondering what else could be out there in your career path, this course is for you. During this session, the focus will be on goals related to budding or established entrepreneurs or people working in (or wanting to work in) upper-level management. However, any practitioner or student looking for inspiration or who is curious of their own career options in encouraged to attend. This course will provide opportunities to create artwork to support our goals, and provide a safe space to dream without restraint. We will unpack what holds us back and why, learn ways to overcome obstacles like imposter syndrome, and understand the importance of applying OT theories to our own lives. Self-assessments, creative goal development activities, and education on business and leadership will be provided.

    The Impact of Occupational Therapists on Social-Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents  
    Presenter: Hannah Pfeifer, OTR/L, CTRP-C

    Location: Food Room
    Contact Hours: 2.0
    Join us for an insightful presentation on the pivotal role occupational therapists play in fostering social-emotional development in children and adolescents. This session highlights the importance of emotional intelligence, supported by research and evidence-based practices. Delve into the neuroscience of emotional regulation, gaining practical strategies for therapy sessions. Explore trauma's impact on emotional regulation and trauma-informed care strategies. Hands-on activities enhance comprehension and application. Equip yourself to effectively support young patients' social-emotional growth, fostering their overall well-being and development.

    Activity Experience/Analysis 
    Location: 
    TBD

    1:00-2:00PM
    Lunch 
    *ticket purchase

    2:15-4:15PM
    Event: Session 2

    You are CAPABLE - Enhancing Home Safety Through Modification: A Panel Discussion and Experience  
    Presenter:
    • Kylie Sleeth, MA, OTR/L, CLIPP
    • Jodi Johnson MOT, OTR/L
    • Ian Chevier OTR/L, CAPS.
    Location: Food Room
    Contact Hours: 2.0
    Participants in this workshop will gain information regarding the home modification process and CAPABLE grant program. This workshop will emphasize the different cost effective and innovative options available to improve safety and independence for individuals living at home. Participants will engage in creative problem solving and assessment of a space at conference and share with others to improve skills and allow individuals to continue aging in place and participating in occupations.


    Working Through Grief in People with Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness  
    Presenter: Katy Owens, OTR/L
    Location: Craft Room
    Contact Hours: 2.0

    If you have ever worked with someone experiencing chronic pain or chronic illness, you may be familiar with the role that Grief can play in their lives. In this workshop, we will learn more about how grief might manifest in this specific population. Participants will have the opportunity to create a Before and After collage based on a personal experience or case study, and then learn three basic ACT(Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) principles and activities to help create client-center, occupation-based care plans that touch on a dozen occupations in everyday lives.

    Building Your Occupational Therapy Business: From OT Practitioner to OTPreneur 
    Presenter: Sarah Putt, OTR/L
    Location: Main Event Room
    Contact Hours: 2.0
    Join us for a transformative, business building session taking you from the beginning of an idea to creating an action plan for your future OT business. Using AOTA guidelines and ethical considerations, we’ll help you explore your niche, validate your OT business idea, and collaborate with other practitioners for constructive feedback.

    Activity Experience/Analysis  
    Location: Pickleball 

    Contact Hours: 2.0

      4:30-6:30PM
      Event:
      • Happy Hour & Exhibitor Expo
      • Free Snacks & Cash Bar
      • Corporate Member Presentations
      Location: 

      Main Event Room

      5:00-5:30PM

      Event: Point Design Presentation 
      Location: Craft Room


      Saturday  - September 14th

      7:00-8:30AM
      Location: Main Event
      Event: 
       

      • Exhibitors
      • Networking
      • Breakfast *ticket purchase*
      • Free coffee

      8:30-9:30AM
      Event: Special Presentation
      Location: Main Event Room

      30 minute break

      10:00AM-12:00PM
      Event: Session 3

      Stroke Penalty: Addressing the Handicap Women Face after CVA   
      Presenter:
      Becky Kinnison, OTD, OTR/L

      Location: Craft Room 
      Contact Hours:
      2.0
      It is well documented that women have slower intervention rates, poorer outcomes and less social support after stroke than their male counterparts (Rexrode et al., 2022). Women face unique rehab needs related to these outcomes and require plans of care that address the roles many women face. As the face of stroke grows younger and the workforce expands in age, we need to be prepared to provide services that target motherhood, grand parenting, return to work, and IADL tasks. This presentation aims to provide tangible adaptations, technology and strategies to allow these individuals to return to IADLs.

      Regenerative Occupation: Human and Planet Health Practices   
      Presenter: Carla Wilhite, PPOTD, OTR/L
      Location: Outdoors - off site
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Begins with a review of current occupational therapies using nature, animals, and arts as restorative therapies for wellness, mental health, and human development followed by a description of regenerative occupational therapy as a new extension to this foundational work through incorporating consideration of planet health in performing our daily life occupations. Thus, therapies become transactional and relational within the web of life. Philosophy and principles of ecology, dynamical systems, and disorders of occupation will be discussed. In person two-hour sessions: practicing an ecologically conscious art-making experience using natural materials found on site, presentation of works, and followed by a guided discussion with ample time for participant reflection, remarks, insights, and restoring the environment "as found".

      How to Address Mental Health in Neurorehabilitation Occupational Therapy    
      Presenter: Janell Pisenga, PhD, OTR/L, CSRS
      Location: Main Event Room
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Anxiety and depressive symptoms after neurologic injury or disability are common and are associated with decreased functional recovery and participation. Occupational therapy practitioners uniquely contribute to mental healthcare through expertise in holistic performance and participation. However, recent research has indicated OT practitioners perceive there to be a dearth of resources to guide addressing mental health in neurorehabilitation. This presentation is intended to connect OT practitioners with: mental health evaluation and assessments, evidence-based interventions, and strategies for documentation, billing, and advocacy. Participants will also reflect on their practice and create a plan to facilitate practice change.

      It's Going Swimmingly: Occupational Therapy with a Focus on Aquatics, Pediatrics & Entrepreneurship    
      Presenter: Holly Ross, OTR/L,WSI, LTP, ATRIC
      Location: Pool
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Are you ready to be the student, the teacher & the clinician at the same time? This workshop will challenge you physically & mentally, to consider aquatics in Occupational Therapy. With both in & out of water learning, this opportunity will teach you rhythmic breathing, principles of aquatic exercise, trying out adaptive equipment, and review case studies where you practice becoming an aquatic practitioner. After in water activities, we’ll move into our dry land debriefing to go over what you learned, how to apply it to your practice, building unconventional practice, and how to argue your clinical point to insurance.

      Access Barriers for Young Children within the Early Intervention and Universal Pre-Kindergarten System in Colorado 

      Presenter: Lisa Fyffe, PhD, OTR/L
      Location: TBD
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      This is an interactive conference session exploring access barriers children and their families face when seeking occupational therapy services through Colorado’s Early Intervention (EI) and Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) system. Participants will contemplate known access barriers related to child find, eligibility, workload, and inclusiveness for children with disabilities and share relevant experiences form their own practice. Participants will learn about the embedded model of occupational therapy support adopted by the Colorado State University Early Childhood Center and consider how population-focused, place-based approaches to intervention foster a more equitable and inclusive early intervention and preschool experience for children and families.

      Activity Experience/Analysis  

      Event: TBD

      12:00-1:00PM
      Lunch
      *ticket purchase

      Visit Exhibitor Booths

      1:00-3:00PM
      Event: Session 4

      Table-Top Role Playing Games as Meaningful Occupation Part 1   

      Presenter: Virginia SpielmanPhD, OTR/L
      Location: Craft Room
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Play is the epitome of occupation as means and end, and yet play after ‘childhood’ tends to be set aside in favor of more didactic/top down approaches. This workshop will teach participants how to harness the power of tabletop role playing games (like dungeons and dragons) to support being, doing, becoming, and belonging through play. No screens, just people, dice, and lots of imagination.

      The OT Obstetric Evaluation Experience  

      Presenters:

      • Melissa Oberg, MOT, OTR/L
      • Jenny Naylor, OTD, OTR/L
      Location: Main Event Room
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Occupational therapists in the acute care setting are well-equipped to provide holistic services for antepartum and postpartum people. Join this workshop to experience obstetric OT through observing a simulated evaluation with opportunity to practice skills. Be inspired by the ease of the evaluation process and the potential opportunity for program develop to use in your setting. This emerging practice area is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the holistic approach to postpartum care and advocating for OT in this population.


      Fitness to Drive for Youth with Neurodivergence   
      Presenter: Terri Cassidy, OTD, OTR/L, CDRS

      Location: Outside
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      This presentation will discuss common ways in which neurodivergence impacts driving, share results of our community survey of driver readiness, and share newly created resources. We will experience portions of the workshops that Fitness to Drive has created, including passenger activities, walking intersections, and using the Drive Focus App so that we can understand how driver readiness applies to many aspects of occupational therapy practice.

      Explore the Day: Using Photography to Explore the World Around You  
      Presenter: Kit Elstad (they/them)
      Location: Windy Gap Wildlife Viewing Area in Granby
      Contact Hours: 1.75 *ends at 2:45
      “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all” (Helen Keller). For some, that adventure can take them around the world, and for others the daring adventure is right outside their door. Photography can allow us to capture those small moments in meaningful ways, allow us to connect to the world around us, and give us the opportunities to tell our own stories. In this session participants will have a chance to hear about how photography can be transformative for the photographer and have the opportunity to participate in the Explore the Day activity where they will get in touch with our senses and use them to explore our surroundings through photography. After the activity we will have a chance to debrief our experience and discuss how we can adapt and implement similar programming for others.

      Activity Experience/Analysis  

      Event: TBD

      15 minute break

      3:15-5:15PM
      Event: Session 5

      Remedial Vision in the Kitchen: Occupational Therapy's Role Treating Vision Deficits After TBI  

      Presenter: Suzanne Briggs, OTD, Remedial Vision Certified
      Location: Food Area
      Contact Hours: 2.0

      Visual complaints after Mild traumatic brain (mTBI) are as high as 69% in adults. Convergence insufficiency, accommodation insufficiency, and poor ocular-motor control are common deficits. mTBI survivors who suffer visual deficits can have long-term effects on ADL and IADL function, including reading, driving, and cooking. Occupational therapy practitioners (OTP) have unique skills to provide remedial vision and improve vision deficits and vision-related functional performance after an mTBI. Join me in the kitchen to learn about common vision deficits after an mTBI and how to apply remedial vision to functional activities.  You will improve your understanding of how mTBI can affect vision-related functional activities and create a no-bake masterpiece you can eat immediately or save for later.

      Table-Top Role Playing Games as Meaningful Occupation Part 2  

      Presenter: Virginia Spielman, PhD, OTR/L
      Location: Craft Room
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      Play is the epitome of occupation as means and end, and yet play after ‘childhood’ tends to be set aside in favor of more didactic/top down approaches. This workshop will teach participants how to harness the power of tabletop role playing games (like dungeons and dragons) to support being, doing, becoming, and belonging through play. No screens, just people, dice, and lots of imagination.

      No Arm Left Behind 

      Presenter:  Joanna Watson, MS OTR/L
      Location: Main Event Room (front)
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      This is an inclusive treatment plan that will include interdisciplinary team members across the continuum of care that are treating an individual with hemiparesis from an ABI/TBI. This includes using creative solutions for an affected upper extremity with a multi-faceted approach treatment planning of an affected upper extremity. Along with the creative solutions, research review on the literature for UE supports, the use of a multi-modal approach and the need to create procedural learning to help with carry over. Discussion will have on how to approach your interdisciplinary team members, how to shift focus on healing the whole body as an interdisciplinary team member.

      Don't Let Incontinence Run Your Life, Build Your Own Agency 

      Presenter: Gwyneth Jones, OTA and Certified Personal Trainer
      Location: Main Event Room (back)
      Contact Hours: 2.0
      A brief look at a model of a female pelvis, identify relevant organs, joints, common pain, and discomfort people experience. A brief introduction to the pelvicoreneuromuscular system and transformational zones. Participants are divided in half. Group A and group B will be do simple exercises at the same time! Group A participants will place Pelvicore Pro ball on. Group B will not have the Pelvicore ball on. Both groups A and B will follow instructor through various 3-dementional movements at the sometime! After 5 minutes, the participants with the balls will give Pelvicore Pro balls to the other group. AGAIN BOTH Group A and B will follow instructions for 3- dimensional movements. FAQ and Discussion.

      Activity Experience/Analysis  
      Event: TBD


      Sunday - September 15th

      7:00-8:45AM
      Location: Main Event
      Event: 
       
      Free Hot Breakfast Buffet

      7:30-8:45AM
      Location: Main Event
      Event: 
       
      Student Posters & Project Presentations

      9:00-10:15AM
      Location: Main Event
      Event: 
       Keynote: Chanda Hinton

      10:15-10:45AM
      Location: Main Event
      Event: 
       
      Prize drawings

      11:00-12:00PM
      Check out - thanks for joining us!




      Learn more about our presenters here!

      Schedule subject to change - check back for updates as more outdoor activities are coming soon!
      Last update: June 29th


      Key:
       - Adult & Mental Health

       - Entrepreneur

       - Pediatrics 

       - Neuro

       - Pelvic Health

       - Anyone (Adults & Pediatrics)

       - Corporate Member

       - Outdoor workshop


      EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH JULY 31ST!


      Note: Sign-ups for workshops and activities will open in August.

      Most have space limitations due to the indoor and outdoor spaces available.

      OTAC members who completed pre-registration in April/May will have first option

      to sign up for the workshops and activities of their choice

      ABOUT OTAC

      OTAC is the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado. It is a non-profit organization that strives to increase the quality of care and level of professionalism to the practice of OT in Colorado.

      Have a feedback or need more help?                                    Email: info@otacco.org

      CONTACT

      Email: info@otacco.org 



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