Get Ready for a Great Time at the 2018 Annual OTAC Conference

Posted: August 7, 2018

The 2018 Annual OTAC Conference season has officially begun!  This year’s conference will take place at the Radisson in Aurora, Colorado on October 12th and 13th.  Attending conference is a fun way to learn about current trends and developments in occupational therapy, network with other occupational therapy practitioners, and spend time bonding with fellow colleagues who may provide new opportunities for growth or gently remind us of our abundant history.  Preparing for conference can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned attendee. In the upcoming e-newsletters prior to conference, we will publish a “Top 5 to-do” list to best prepare for a successful conference. See below for tip #5.

Kelly Hicks, MS, OTR/L

4. Prepare Note-Taking and Networking Strategies: Nothing can be more stressful than finding yourself in a class or workshop unprepared.  If you plan to use technology such as an IPAD or tablet, make sure it is fully charged, you are familiar with accessing the notes to the sessions, and have obtained any WIFI access information for the venue ahead of time. Consider using social media to live tweet or update Facebook friends about your conference experience throughout the weekend to share with others in your network.  If you are more of a pencil-paper note taker, be sure to pack extra pens and pencils and have printed out your notes prior to the session.  While the speaker may have handouts, it is always a safe bet when you bring your own.  You may consider bringing an additional notepad to jot down inspirational ideas that you can bring home to your own practice.  Lastly, don’t forget to print and bring your business cards to ensure a successful networking experience! 

*Make sure to review continuing education requirements and reflect upon what you want to accomplish by attending conference. Are you interested in learning something in a different practice area, or do you need to get an ethics requirement met?  Visit dora.gov and nbcot.org to guide your path to maintaining licensure. 

5. Join OTAC & Register Early: While this may seem like a “no-brainer”, make sure that your membership status is up to speed with OTAC. OTAC members are eligible for a discounted rate, voting privileges, volunteer and mentorship opportunities, and more!  While you are at it, like our page on Facebook (Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado) to stay up to speed on current events within the association. Visit otacco.org for more information on membership.

Early registration for this year’s conference is open! Not only will you be eligible for a discounted rate for attendance, but you can also begin to prepare for the conference in other ways without having to worry about that pesky registration deadline.  

Registration is now open for OTAC's 2018 Conference: The Challenge of Change!
Click here to view this year's conference website.
Use discount EB18 to receive $10 off your registration fee
**early bird registration ends August 13!

 

Click the link below to view this year's schedule!

*Schedule is subject to change.