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Our Mission: On behalf of its members and the public, the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association promotes and advances the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.
Centennial Vision: We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs.

SCOTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016 - It’s all about you! Annual SCOTA membership Renewal

Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 8am-5pm  [Download printable information sheet]
Venue: College of Health Professions, MUSC—CHARLESTON

Charleston Conference (non-refundable) (15 Contact Hours)   Register for the conference, and/or renew 2016 membership [click here]  (Registration will close February 12th, 2016)

$150.00  - Members in good standing 
$50.00   - Students
$250.00 - NonMembers

Special Group Rates @ SpringHill Suites, Marriott 98 Ripley Point Dr., Charleston, SC 29407, (843)571-1711


Keynote speaker: Dr. Amy Lamb [info]

Friday - Demonstrating the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy The context surrounding occupational therapy practice is rapidly changing.  Significant emphasis is being placed on inter-professional collaborations as we seek to improve the coordination of care and enhance individuals experience.  As Occupational Therapy professionals we must be at the table, clearly articulate the distinct difference we bring to practice, and demonstrate daily in our practice the value we add to the lives of those we serve.
Saturday -  The Value of Occupational Therapy in a Primary Care Service Delivery Model  This presentation will focus on the distinct value of occupational therapy in primary care and community based service delivery models including exploring needs of the system, how occupational therapy can meet the needs and the evolving nature of payment for health care services in the era of health care reform.

Lesly W. James and Veronica Reynolds [info]
Understanding Professional Licensure and Regulation in SC
(Friday)

Shaun Conway [info]
NBCOT® Navigator ™ The Next Era in Continuing  Competency
 (Friday) 
This presentation is a prime opportunity to learn about NBCOT Navigator™ a continuing competency assessment suite of tools to support currently certified OTR® and COTA® certificants stay at the top of their game. 

Karen Dawkins [info]
Social Media for Business: Why you need it and how it works
(Friday)
Businesses in our tech savvy society are driven by social media interaction. This course introduces social media platforms and explains how to use them to gain business exposure and connect with patients or potential patients where they are -- online! 

Melissa M. Sweetman [info]
An Evidence-Based  Approach to Productivity & Profitability
(Saturday)
This session will include an Introduction to EvidenceBased Practice, Principles of Client-Centered Practice and how to incorporate them into your practice, Principles of Occupation-Based Practice and how to incorporate them into your practice. 

Patty Coker-Bolt with Cristina Smith [info]
Current Topics and Trends in Pediatric Practice
(Saturday)
This pediatric workshop will cover three topics critical to today’s pediatric practice. Dr. Cristina Smith will provide information on client-centered occupational therapy practice with Spanish-speaking clients. Dr. Coker-Bolt will provide updates on evidenced-based research to guide best practices in pediatric therapy specific to sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatment. She will also provide information on new and updated pediatric assessments including computer adaptive tests. Participants will engage in case based learning and small group discussions to facilitate direct application of this information into various pediatric practice settings.


Register for the conference, and/or renew 2016 membership [click here]


PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Message from the President : Sarah Gassman Wilbanks

Thank you for visiting SCOTA’s website – we hope it will become one of your favorites!  It is our mission to promote and advance the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.  We are excited to be able to offer a user- friendly site that provides fresh, relevant information.  Search our site for CEU opportunities, networking and advocacy opportunities, employment opportunities, regulatory information, and more.  Become a SCOTA member and enjoy access to our members-only area.  We welcome ideas, feedback, talents and energy!  Contact our Board members through the e-mail links.  Join us in letting the world know OT is strong in South Carolina and we believe in “Living Life to its Fullest”!
Sarah Gassman Wilbanks

Join SCOTA

SCOTA is designed to provide you with the support and information you need to practice in our ever-changing healthcare environment. As a member of SCOTA, you are providing the necessary support and financial investment to help keep our wonderful profession sound, while enjoying the numerous benefits it provides. SCOTA members will have access to the members only area where you can network, exchange ideas, and share experiences.  There is also a tool for tracking your continuing education hours with automatic reminders when your certification is coming up. Members also have access to district meetings and discounted conferences/workshops with CEU opportunities. The list of tangible and intangible benefits goes on and on… Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Wishing you success in improving the quality of life of those whom you treat. May SCOTA help you in that mission.

Melissa Sweetman,
Corresponding Secretary, Membership Chairperson

How can you join?

To join complete the new [Membership and Registration Form] and select and pay your membership dues for the first year. Please contact us for more information or download and print a copy of the application form here.

Who can join SCOTA?

Regular Member (OTR/COTA):

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed by the SC Board of Occupational Therapy and in good standing with NBCOT.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Vote on all issues brought forth at the annual business meeting.
  3. Eligible to hold any SCOTA office and serve on any committee.
  4. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  5. May be elected as a Representative or an Alternate to the Representative Assembly of AOTA, if an AOTA member.

Student Member (OTS/OTAS):

Students either enrolled in an approved South Carolina accredited occupational therapy educational program or students who are residents of South Carolina and enrolled in an approved accredited occupational therapy educational program in another state.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Will be represented by 1 equal vote on the Executive Board by 1 student representative from each school and at SCOTA business meetings and other special meetings.
  3. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  4. May serve on committees or as student representative if elected.

Associate Member:

An individual who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as an OTR or COTA such as an occupational therapist not licensed in SC, an activity therapist, or a student from an educational program that is not occupational therapy.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

Affiliate Member:

A group who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as a registered occupational therapist, or COTA, such as a business, or other organization.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member.
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

About SCOTA

Join SCOTA as we grow a strong profession, one member at a time! The South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA) is a network of occupational therapy practitioners, student, researchers and educators designed to provide you with the support and information you need to practice in your ever-changing healthcare environment. Follow this link and read more about SCOTA.

Welcome to the SCOTA web site!

Welcome to the SCOTA website! As an OT professional you have taken another step towards your independence. You have surpassed many milestones and reached many goals in your development. Think of the people you have touched and the influence your voice holds on lives. Now think of the power of many OT professionals networking together to learn and share ideas, to help our profession from your desktop to the state level.

As a SCOTA member you will be able to network with hundreds of other OT professional in South Carolina. You will be able to keep track of all of your certifications and expirations in your profile; and you will receive discounts on CEU courses offered. You can also keep track of your certifications or to network.

-- The SCOTA board