FOTA CONNECT is a way to connect with our members, fellow OT/OTA practitioners, students, educators and the general public to discuss and learn about Occupational Therapy related topics.

Would you like to present at one of our FOTA Connect Sessions? FOTA Members may submit to present for FOTA CONNECT sessions. To submit a proposal we require course description, abstract, objectives, speaker bio and CVs for CE Broker approval. Your proposal will be reviewed and if accepted, given a presentation time slot. Submit below to be considered. 

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2024 FOTA Connect Member Sessions

Course Title: FOTA Government Affairs Dry Needling Update

Course Level: Intermediate: Experienced in Subject  

Course Speakers & Credentials: Carlos Martoral OTD/JD, Sharon Rosenburg, OTR, CHT, Jennie Kitelinger OTR, CLT, CMTP-DN

Abstract: In a recent decision by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy, the practice of Dry Needling was found to be NOT within the OT scope of practice. Their rationale for denying it is not being in our scope of practice. The stance of our national association states it is in our scope of practice. In this course we identify what dry needling is, current concerns limiting its application by OT's and the path forward.

 Objectives:1. Understand what is dry needling.2. Recognize concerns limiting its practice in Florida.3. Identify the need and strategies for implementation in OT.

Speaker(s) Description: Sharon Rosenburg is a long time FOTA member and chair of the Government Affairs committee. She played an integral part in updating the OT Scope of Practice in 2022 and increasing Medicaid reimbursement for OT's in 2024. She is a CHT and is very invested in today's topic.Carlos Martoral has been a government affairs co-chair for the past 5 years and also played an important role in Scope of Practice legislation and Medicaid reimbursement. Along with a small group of volunteers, Carlos Martoral helped create the OT Interstate Compact needs assessment for Florida in 2022. Special Guest: Jennie Kitelinger, Occupational Therapist- Has been a therapist for 20 yrs, mainly practicing in WI. She started taking DN CEU’s in 2017 and completed her CMTP-DN in 2020 with Myopain Seminars. She recently moved to FL and is working between inpatient & outpatient settings. Knowing the value of the modality she would like to get dry needling in our scope of practice to be able to provide to her patients.

Register for July 17 FOTA CONNECT

Course Title: Supporting student success in Fieldwork: Considerations for diverse students

Course Level: Basic: Introductory Level

Course Speakers & Credentials: Nardia Aldridge, PhD, OTR/L; André Johnson, MOT, COTA/L; Nazarah Williams, MOT, OTR/L; Lakeisha Sanders-Woods, OTR/L

Abstract: Considering the current social and racial climate, it is important for AFWCs to understand the challenges diverse students face for fieldwork placement. Racial concerns with geographical location, accessibility, and cost of living need to be considered, as socioeconomic status and intersectionality of identities pose barriers and can further disadvantage students. This session will focus on reflective analysis of current practices, exploration, and the development of strategies.

 Objectives: 1. Participants will identify geographical, cultural, and safety factors that can impact student fieldwork performance. 2. Participants will discuss strategies to promote diverse students’ success. 3. Participants will create a network of support with whom they may connect to have difficult and courageous conversations about successful fieldwork placements for diverse students.

Course Outline::
I. Definine Diverse StudentsII. Discuss the Benefits of DiversityIII. Understanding the Challenges IV. Identifying Key Factors to Develop Resources for Student SuccessV. Collaborative ApproachesVI. Resources/Best Practices

Speakers Description: Dr. Aldridge is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. She is passionate about increasing diversity in the occupational therapy profession and advocates for cultural humility in academia and practice.Andre Johnson is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and a recent OT graduate student from FAMU. He is also the Secretary for the South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus.Nazarah Williams is an Occupational Therapist and a graduate from the University of St. Augustine. She is the Student Liaison for the South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus.Lakeisha Sanders-Woods is an Instructor and the AFWC at Concorde Career Institute and Treasurer for the South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus.


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