VOTA's Communities of Practice
What is the purpose of a CoP?
The Adult Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of OTs and OTAs from around the state who gather virtually to share experiences & ideas as well as collaborate about practice. Practitioners come from a variety of practice areas including acute care, rehab, home health, long term care, and outpatient. Our meetings offer opportunities to talk about practice challenges, learn from guest speakers, and review current evidence.
This CoP is open to anyone looking to help advance OT's role in mental health throughout the lifespan. Topics include advocacy, the unique roles of OT in mental health. trauma informed care, and more! Together we hope to open the discussion around increasing OTs presence and involvement in mental health settings and promote the impact of mental health in all practice areas to enhance holistic care and improve function.
This CoP is for inpatient, outpatient and early intervention providers. Topics covered include behavioral management, feeding, documentation, PCIT, communication with families, and mentoring. Look for future topics that cover all areas of occupation for the birth to 21 age group. Contact if you have a topic you want to discuss!
The School CoP is for practitioners to share experiences and ideas as well as collaborate about school-based practice. Topics include legislation, inclusion, collaboration, IEPs, and more. Our meetings offer opportunities to talk about practice challenges, learn from guest presenters, and review current evidence.
This CoP provides a platform where like-minded individuals can connect to discuss the role expansion and advocacy work of OTPs in addressing factors that are unique to supporting the health of women, representing a broad range of backgrounds and with different life stories, within medical, educational, and community-based settings.
Communities of Practice Calendar of Events
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The Adult CoP meets on the 4th Tuesday, 7-8 pm (Jan-April and Sept-Nov).
Our Fall 2023 theme is "Enhancing the lives of older adults".
Sept 26: InnovAge PACE. Megan Bailes, OT
Oct 24: Aging joints? Not my hands! Extending useful life of joints and muscles." Nancy Krolikowski, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Nov. 28: “Care for those on the dementia journey”. Beth Cole, OT
The Mental Health CoP meets on the 2nd Tuesday, 7-9 pm.
We are looking for a new co-facilitator! If you are interested, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Pediatric CoP meets on the 3rd Monday, 8-9 pm.
Monday September18 (8-9pm)
Chrissy Amatangelo will faciliate a discussion on neurodiversity affirming practice.
Wednesday October 4th (7-8pm)
Exploring 504 Plans
The Women's Health CoP meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every “odd” month, 7-8 pm.This CoP is temporarily on hold as we take time to gather information and get reorganized. Our goal is to resume meetings beginning in January 2024. We would love to get your input on topics of interest related to OTs role in female health across the lifespan, potential presenters, and general logistics (frequency of meetings, days/times, etc.). Please join us at the Community of Practice session at the VOTA Annual Conference or email us with your ideas and questions. Elizabeth Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org &/or Elle Russell at email@example.com