2020 Conference
Live Presentation Schedule
Week 5 (OCT 25-31)

All courses must be purchased individuallyWe understand that it is inconvenient to register for one course at a time, however, our system does not allow for registration for multiple courses at a time. We are continually trying to troubleshoot this and we thank you for your patience. If you are an OTAO member, your information will automatically populate into the required sections during checkout. 

During the early bird registration period (September 14-30), there will be a special of 2 FREE COURSES, for the first 100 people to register. Then during open registration (October 1-31), there will be a special of 1 FREE COURSE, for the first 100 people to register.  If you’re one of the first 100 individuals to register for a course, please allow up to 72 hours to receive your promo code from info@otao.com. We also want to thank all our OTAO Members for your continued support and offer an additional free course in which you will receive via your OTAO registered email with the code. If you are not a registered member with OTAO or have let your membership lapse, you will receive an email with a code for your free course upon becoming an OTAO member. Additional free courses (registration is required) include the following: OTAO Business meeting, OTAO Lobbyist Session, and OTLB Session. 

PRE-RECORDED courses will be available between October 1-31, 2020. There are some pre-recorded courses that also offer a Live-Q&A session. You will be sent a password protected link to the recorded course. After October 31, 2020, the link to the course will no longer be accessible. 

LIVE-PRESENTATIONS will be offered through Zoom (please refer to our schedule/brochure for additional information). Each course will be recorded (with the permission of the presenter). LIVE-presentation information, including the virtual link and handouts to courses, will be sent out the week of the presentation at the discrepancy of the presenter as some have opted to share their handouts after their live-presentation. 

If you are unable to attend the Live-Presentation, you will be able to register for the recorded version and receive a password protected link to the course. The recorded version of Live-Sessions between October 1-17, 2020 will be available until October 31, 2020 and Live-Sessions occurring between October 18-31, 2020 will be available until November 14, 2020. After the final day of availability to the recording, the link to the course will no longer be accessible. link to the course.

Conference Pricing: 1-1.5 hours
  • OT/OTA Non-Members $25
  • OT/OTA Members $20
  • Associate Member $15
  • Student/Retired Member and Non-Members $5
Conference Pricing: 2-2.5 hours
  • OT/OTA Non-Members $35
  • OT/OTA Members $30
  • Associate Member $20
  • Student/Retired Member and Non-Members $5

Don’t forget to check out our silent auction page and bid on an item today! If you’re not a member you can still bid on items, by creating a guest login, here


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Presented by Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

We all know what to do to be healthy or well, but we don’t always make those choices. This presentation will provide you an opportunity to use your skills to change YOUR life and enhance your practice.  There will be a brief mindful experience and then lots of experiential activities / movements to help you bring meaningful changes into your daily life. The movements are based on my work on “Bus Stop Stretches and Elevator Yoga”. Personally, I hate exercise, but have integrated many forms of “exercise” into my daily life. 

Marjorie Marshall, OTA/L

1. Road Map (Hand out) our journey as an OT/COTA. (Thank You!) Tools of the “Old” trade…looms, plastic splints, Adaptive Equipment fabrication, shop.
2. Statistics of those who will be retiring in the next 5 year’s, and those who have retired in the State of Oregon.
3. Where do we go from here with the skill sets we have learned, demonstrated, and assisted others in our career’s. Challenges in retiring.
4. How can we stay connected?

Presented by Shruti Gadkari

The success of an intervention is affected by the fidelity to which the intervention is implemented. There is an underlying assumption that an intervention is being implemented as it was intended. However, the real-world clinical environment is more susceptible to contextual factors than is the controlled research environment in which interventions are designed. A fidelity tool ensures that the framework, standards and essential components of the intervention are implemented as intended by the developers. Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) interventions is critical for long term sustainability of our profession. An evidence-based intervention must be implemented in full accordance with its published details; therefore, a fidelity measure would ensure a quantifiable measure of the adherence to the components of the intervention. This session will explore the importance of fidelity measures in conducting evidence-based practice and examples of fidelity measures currently used in OT practice. Participants will learn how a fidelity measure is designed using the Occupational Performance Coaching-Fidelity Measure (OPC-FM) as an example. 

Presented by Ashley Rigas, OTD and Sarah Foidel, OTD, OTR/L

A sense of identity based in ‘doing’ can dissipate or feel worlds removed in the face of injury or disability. The human experience offers ample opportunity to carve out answers to the age-old question, “Who am I?” Post-injury, daily living becomes layered with complexities and questions fraught with crises of identity related to roles, responsibilities, and expectations. This presentation is practice oriented and presents a tool for practitioners to help clients develop personal identity throughout rehabilitation in a residential community setting. Evidence-based practice is considered for designing interventions when working with people that have experienced acquired brain injury (ABI) and continue to engage in rehabilitation long-term. Implications for OT practice are discussed, including engaging in therapy that helps to identify, understand, and determine the best approach for implementation of an identity-focused cognitive rehabilitation program.

Please join us as we conclude the first ever 2020 OTAO Virtual Conference! This will be in place of the monthly OT Night In for October. 

During this evening we will announce the winners of the Silent Auction items. Liz Miller, OTAO President, will also announce the recipients of the following:

  • Grace Black Award of Honor
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Award
  • Award of Appreciation
  • Service Award
  • Student Scholarships

Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you all (virtually)!


Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
Email: info@otao.com or otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com