ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
AMSIS focuses on the diverse management issues that impact its membership. By
providing a conduit for communication, collaboration, and sharing of resources,
AMSIS promotes the continuous enhancement of its members' leadership skills.
AMSIS has a designated Subsection developed to meet the needs of practitioners
in Private Practice.
The goal of the DDSIS is to focus on how OT assessment and intervention can
facilitate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in
home, school, work, and community life. The DDSIS provides a forum for
practitioners, educators, and researchers to exchange information and
strategies and network with each other by highlighting best practice, current
trends, and research updates.
The GSIS fosters the professional development and clinical excellence of
occupational therapy practitioners working with older adults. This is achieved
via information and activities in areas of practice, research, legislation,
education, and practice within the continuum of care for the aged in their
various living situations. The GSIS facilitates these goals through:
newsletters, workshop presentations, internet contacts, direct communication
with membership, and liaisons with related external organizations.
This section provides a forum for practitioners working in psychiatric
hospitals, community mental health centers, psychosocial clubhouses, home care,
partial hospitals, schools, residential centers, transitional programs, day
treatment programs, well elderly centers, employee assistance programs, and
private practice. The MHSIS is a resource and information network that invites
practitioners to share information on practice models, clinical education,
legislative issues, payment systems, research, state liaison, and recruitment
and retention issues.
This section is dedicated to addressing the needs of school-based practitioners
providing educationally related services to infants, preschoolers, children,
and adolescents. SSSIS promotes education, research, and legislation/policy
making that will enhance practice in the school systems and community. Members
are informed of current legislation and practice trends and are provided with
networking and continuing education opportunities.
The TSIS provides survival skills in this information age. Technology usage
crosses all ages, settings, functional abilities, activities, and occupations.
OT practitioners integrate technology into all aspects of functional
performance. The TSIS provides a forum for learning about mass market
technologies, such as computers and telecommunications equipment, as well as
technologies specific to individuals with disabilities, including seating,
positioning and mobility, reasonable accommodations, augmentative
communications, and adaptive computer access. The TSIS focuses upon the role of
the OT practitioner in technology service delivery, and provides the latest
information on interdisciplinary technology competency, certification, and
Work plays a significant role in the life of the individual. The WPSIS supports
occupational therapy practitioners' issues and concerns in addressing the work
transition continuum through a wide variety of settings, including
rehabilitation, occupational health, injury prevention and wellness, mental
health, gerontology, and physical or developmental disability. Information
provided includes practice, research, and legislation and covers traditional
and emerging delivery systems.
In the EDSIS, education is viewed as a shared professional concern. Education
is not only defined as academic education, but continuing education, fieldwork
education, patient education, and lifelong learning. EDSIS and its subsections
and networks provide academicians, aspiring faculty, fieldwork supervisors,
clinicians, and students opportunities to discuss the many issues involved in
occupational therapy education. It also facilitates networking, continuing
education opportunities, and collegial support to help occupational therapy
practitioners to be more effective educators and provides a forum to address
the art and science of learning at all levels.
HOME & COMMUNITY HEALTH
The HCHSIS provides a vehicle for exchange of information and experiences
unique to this practice setting. The HCHSIS provides and promotes continuing
educational programs, maintains a resource network, and provides a quarterly
publication. Its members benefit from networking on special clinical
considerations and are advised on current legislative, regulatory, and
employment issues. The HCHSIS will also consult with academic programs on home
health specific curriculums.
Membership in the PDSIS provides a forum for networking with other
professionals, promoting and sharing information, and accessing clinical
resources. The PDSIS also facilitates the development of continuing education
opportunities and professional development based on member needs. The section
serves those who treat populations with diverse physical disabilities, as well
as those who treat a specific diagnostic group. It has a designated Hand
Subsection to meet the needs of clinicians who treat hand problems as part of a
physical disabilities population. The PDSIS strives to maintain the holistic
foundation based on functional activity that is unique to OT practice.
The SISIS offers leadership, resources, and information on sensory integration.
It is an occupational therapy theory and clinical tool based on both research
and clinical practice. The theoretical foundation and clinical applications
utilize and acknowledge the relationship between sensory processing and human
adaptation and occupational performance. Sensory integration as a theoretical
framework and treatment technique is applied to a variety of disabilities and
across the lifespan.