Farewell Presidential Address: Last Call: Act With True Urgency
Continuous change in context and circumstance are hallmarks of the times, which can generate frenetic urgency and responses rather than constructive and “true urgency” in our actions. Are our actions productive and poised for fruitful growth or focused on holding the status quo for occupational therapy? Are we calling on “urgent patience” to support authentic and sustainable capacity and progress? Do you have your own “folding chair” to bring to the change table?
Join AOTA President Wendy Hildenbrand for her last call to leave complacency at the door and embrace true urgency to advance our profession in service to all people, populations, and communities.
- Wendy Hildenbrand, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Inaugural Presidential Address: Go Big on Your Way Home!
Join your President-elect, Alyson Stover, for a candid conversation around her passion for the future of occupational therapy. She will share her call for action that the post-pandemic world has provided for our profession and her vision as the incoming leader of AOTA.
- Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP
Slagle Lecture: Finding Our Strengths: Recognizing Professional Bias and Interrogating Systems
No one builds their lives on remediated weaknesses. No one. Who does a deficits-based approach benefit? Those we serve or the professional community? Do our current models of practice support flourishing? Our professional biases make it hard for us to see not only how our practice may be getting it wrong today, but are also perpetuating systems that prevent us from getting it right tomorrow.
· Kristie K. Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Live Panel 1: Nurturing Resilience Through Adversity and Change
According to Diane Coutu of the Harvard Business Review (2002), people who are resilient develop three characteristics: a clear understanding of the reality of their situation, a strong sense of meaning, and the ability to improvise. This fits well with the essence of occupational therapy. This panel discussion will explore the role we play as a profession in improvising and meaning-making for adults and children during times of adversity. The discussion will also touch on how therapy focused on meaningful connection and collaborative improvisation is key to resilience among practitioners as well as those we serve.
- Lisa Mahaffey, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Content Lead
- Lori Lane, Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Specialist
- Patricia Motus, OTR/L, RYT
- Evguenia S. Popova, PhD, OTR/L
- Sally Wasmuth, PhD, OTR
Live Panel 2: Leveraging the Power of Person-Focused Care
Occupational therapy is a profession that has always embraced the value of person-focused care. As other allied health professions begin to focus on the whole person rather than on the diagnosis, OT has the opportunity to lead the way. Discover how this diverse panel of practitioners is leveraging the power of person-focused care and how you can, too.
- Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Content Lead
- Jesus Diaz, OTD, OTR/L
- Esther Suh Kwon, MA, OT/L
- Jordan W. Major, MOT, OTR/L
Live Panel 3: I’m the Boss: Building Your Entrepreneurial Identity
Whether you are contemplating opening your own practice, catching a gig or two, or starting a side hustle with your distinctly valuable occupational therapy lens and skill set, this panel will inspire your creative and entrepreneurial spirit. Our panelists will share their triumphs and challenges with launching their own micro or macro businesses. We will gain insight into how to frame your entrepreneurial identity and push past conventions through supportive resources and out-of-the-box thinking.
- Katie Jordan, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Content Lead
- Joseph B. DiFrancisco, MS, OTR/L
- Hiral Khatri, OTD, OTR/L
- Sarah Thomas, OTR/L