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President's Message

Heather J. KitchingWe are very excited to welcome you on this journey of Building OT Capacity for our next century of professional practice and impact. Embracing the call to action of Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OTR/L (WI), BCMH, FAOTA, during her years as AOTA president, we intend to engage in a reflection on the impact of attitude, authenticity, and action. She has written that each of these is a component of potential empowerment we can access to drive change and boldly create our own future. We have carefully designed a weekend full of important topics to meet your educational needs for practice, advocacy, and personal development. Let’s come together in unity and engage in a dynamic dialogue on Building OT Capacity as individuals, as an association, and as a profession. We can only emerge from this stronger – together!

My vision for our future includes strategy, unity, innovation, and respect for diverse opinions and styles. Your Association leadership is endeavoring a new strategic planning process this year for 2019 and beyond. We will kick off Building OT Capacity with leadership training offered during our Conference as well as the opportunity to network with and meet the chairpersons of our many committees. We would welcome any potential future leader to contact us as soon as possible for participation in our limited-capacity leadership training. Please also consider attending one of the many open committee meetings taking place throughout the weekend – this is your chance to see what opportunities await you and get involved!

On behalf of the OTAC leadership as a whole, I thank you for your participation in making our profession and Association stronger every day with your good contributions – be they in academic teaching, practice, research, or advocacy. Our future is bright because we have chosen to take responsibility in making it so. Embrace your power. Take risks. Be bold. Come and Build OT Capacity with us in beautiful Pasadena!

Heather J. Kitching, OTD, OTR/L
President, Occupational Therapy Association of California


Keynote Presenters

Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OT/L (WI), BCMH, FOATA4:15pm–5:15pm
Friday, October 26, 2018

Building OT Capacity with Effective Leadership and Skilled Advocacy
Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OT/L (WI), BCMH, FOATA
As we embark on occupational therapy’s second century, the need to cultivate and actively build capacity of all occupational therapy practitioners, educators, researchers, managers, and entrepreneurs towards leadership and advocacy has never been greater. To accomplish this, skilled use of advocacy approaches to intervention, legislative, and regulatory initiatives must be modeled, operationalized, and shaped to address the evolving distinct culture and leadership of the profession, in the United States and globally.
Earn .5 PDU

Joseph Hawthorne, ACSM-CPT, RBT, AKC7:30am–9:15am
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Building Your Capacity: Individual Strength and Sustainability
Joseph Hawthorne, ACSM-CPT, RBT, AKC, owner of Pasadena’s Copper Moose Fitness and strength, conditioning, and nutrition success coach, will discuss health and well-being as an achievement we can pursue anytime. He will address his personal philosophy of enhancing the capacity of an individual for community health and living life well.
Earn .5 PDU


Co-chair's Message

Dear Practitioners, Educators, Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

Heather Javaherian-DysingerOn behalf of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC)and the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo Committee, we are excited to invite you to the 42nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, California. Last year we celebrated 100 years as a profession and were inspired by the work of our colleagues near and abroad. Now, as we move into the next 100 years of the profession it is a time to reflect on our accomplishments and channel our strengths to embrace our distinct value in promoting occupational participation and health in our clients and communities. Our Conference theme this year, Building OT Capacity, encourages us to be everyday leaders meeting our client and communities occupational needs. You won’t want to Julie Kugelmiss Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OT/L (WL), BCMH, FAOTA, our Friday Keynote speaker and immediate past AOTA president. Stoffel is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin. Beyond her incredible work as AOTA president, she chaired the AOTA Centennial Vision commission and has worked on numerous service and leadership projects within our profession. Stoffel’s work and writing enable us to see the importance of capacity building at the individual and group levels as well as at the organizational level. Her vision for the profession has been “every member a leader” and she has focused on creating a culture of empowerment, authenticity, and advocacy for the profession of occupational therapy.

Following the Keynote you will want to take time to enjoy the Grand Opening of the Expo Hall. You will have the opportunity to explore occupational therapy programs, companies, products, and resources designed to promote the profession of occupational therapy. As you go through the Expo Hall be sure to stop by the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy booth and bid on some fun items – all of the proceeds go towards scholarships and research grants.

The schedule for this year represents the largest number of conference sessions that OTAC has ever had on the schedule. We know that you will have a hard time deciding on which sessions to attend as there are so many fantastic ones from which to choose, ranging from technology, oncology, and ergonomics to kinesiotaping, sexuality questionnaires, and strategies for breaking down patient care barriers.

We invite you to start the Conference off by joining us for Movie Night where we will engage in discussion and enjoy popcorn together while viewing A Path Appears – Sex Trafficking in the USA. On Saturday be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall and poster sessions from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm between sessions.

Sunday will be a day of health and inspiration that you don’t want to miss. We will kick it off with success coach Joseph Hawthorne, ACSM-CPT, RBT, AKC, who will reframe health from a holistic perspective and invite you to build your personal capacity. Afterward, we are excited to have Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH; Donna Mann, OTD, Med, OT/L; and Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L present on Lifestyle Medicine and Occupational Therapy. As physicians embrace a lifestyle approach to treating chronic disease and illness, occupational therapy
practitioners are poised to be a part of their team providing individual and group treatment to promote health, role engagement, and participation. It is a perfect fit for OT! Afterward get some networking in during lunch and then wrap up your day by applying the Kawa to your practice or enhance your knowledge in areas such as visual impairments and feeding or with Ginny Stoffel on awakening leadership.

We hope you will join us for a great Conference in a beautiful city nestled in the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and just a few miles from Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing you there!

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L
Julie Kugel, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
Co-chairs, OTAC Ad Hoc Committee for 2018 Conference