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: 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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