The discussion forums serve as a place for members to share information and communicate with each other. Forums are set up for each SCOTA Special Interest Section (SIS). Special Interest Sections (SIS) are groups of practitioners who focus on a specialized area of practice. It is a great way to stay updated in your area of practice, and to learn about other areas of service delivery. SCOTA members can be members of multiple SIS groups. Each SIS has a dedicated discussion group here on the SCOTA site, where you can ask questions and discuss issues related to your SIS.
Forums are also set up for each geographical district within SCOTA. This is a great place to share information that is relevant to local therapists and it is also a great way to organize meet-ups or other social and professional networking events in your area.
SCOTA’s discussion groups provide opportunities for members to network, exchange ideas, share experiences, and offer solutions to SCOTA as well as everyday workplace issues via e-mail. While SCOTA retains the right to remove any messages from this site that do not meet the purposes stated above, SCOTA cannot review each message to determine its accuracy or truthfulness, or determine if the content of any message contains any prohibited material referenced in the following guidelines. Consequently, any reader who is offended by any message, or who finds that any message violates the guidelines should report the message to the SCOTA President. Discussion Group participants who disregard these guidelines will be warned privately by e-mail on the first incident and un-subscribed from the site on the second incident. The following guidelines are intended to protect the good of all parties.
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