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  • Mon, May 13, 2019 8:30 PM | Megan L Mahaffey (Administrator)

    The Retreat Center of Maryland & Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Institute are proud to co-host the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing workshop at Blueberry Gardens, Ashton, MD, on Sat/Sun June 1 & 2!  This workshop is especially designed for O.T.s, other allied/mental health professionals, and yoga therapists/instructors who would like to learn how to incorporate Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® into their clinical practices to facilitate healing from combat stress, PTSD, anxiety, and related ANS disorders. Led by Lynn Stoller (OT and cert. yoga therapist) with Lucy Lomax (cert. yoga therapist), the course will prese

    nt the science/evidence base, theoretical model, guidelines for practice as well as the specific yoga forms, movements, breathing, and meditation techniques to implement the program. Participants will be taught both mat and chair versions as well as strategies for teaching to groups of mixed mobility levels. The workshop is highly experiential and includes a 133-page, detailed manual.  The program can be used towards National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) renewal requirements for a total of 16 PDUs and qualifies for 16 Contact Hours through Yoga Alliance.  Yoga experience is not required. Please go to to register or email with questions. Hope you will decide to join us!

  • Fri, April 12, 2019 8:22 AM | Megan L Mahaffey (Administrator)

    Call for Nominations are Now Open!

    The purpose of DCOTA is to promote the occupational therapy profession within the District of Columbia, to promote and advance education, training, and research in the Profession.

    Currently, DCOTA has vacancies for the following positions for full member vote:

    ·                     President

    The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association membership and Board. The President shall appoint committee chairs for all standing committees of the Board subject to Board approval. The President shall have the power to sign all written obligations of the Association upon approval of the Board of Directors, and shall exercise general powers of supervision and active management of the Association.

    ·         Vice President

    The Vice President shall assist the President as requested and assume presidential duties in the absence of the President. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President, the Vice President shall succeed to the Presidency for the unexpired portion of the President's term. The vice president shall serve on the program committee or serve as chairperson act as liaison between all DCOTA continuing education and program activities.

    ·         Nominations Chair

    The Nominations Chair is a member of the DCOTA board and is responsible for advertising, soliciting, and gathering data for nominations for DCOTA offices, and membership awards. They maintain records of previous awardees and coordinate presentation of awards at the annual conference and other events. They are responsible for recruiting candidates for impending vacancies on the DCOTA Board.

    Please submit nominations and qualifications to Self-nominations are welcomed! You must be a member to be considered for these positions.

    Submissions due by WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019 at 5PM.

    Instructions for Submissions

    Submit a one page biography with a detailed description of yourself. It should include basic facts like education, work, community service and highlights of various aspects of your life. We want to get to know you and why you are interested in DCOTA and serving in a prospective board position. Please also include a statement on how you will use this position to carry-out AOTA’s 2025 Vision.
    For more information, visit the members page after logging into DCOTA or email us

  • Sun, December 09, 2018 5:21 PM | Megan L Mahaffey (Administrator)

    SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model Call — December 11

    Tuesday, December 11 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

    Register  - External Link Policy - Opens in a new window   for Medicare Learning Network events.

    On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV) for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Topics:

    • Overview of PDPM, a new case-mix classification system for SNF Part A beneficiaries
    • Changeover from RUG-IV to PDPM

    For more information, review the FY 2019 SNF PPS final rule, and visit the PDPM webpage. A question and answer session follows the presentation; however, attendees may email questions in advance to with “December 11 Call” in the subject line. These questions may be addressed during the call or used for other materials following the call.

    Target Audience: SNF facilities, administrators, and clinicians.

  • Sat, November 10, 2018 10:51 AM | Megan L Mahaffey (Administrator)

    Call for Papers
    DCOTA Bi-Annual Conference
    April 13, 2019
    Trinity Washington University
    125 Michigan Avenue, NE
    Washington, D.C.  20017

    Occupational Therapy Moving Full STEAM AHEAD

    OT = #STEAM Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics 

    Complete and return submissions by January 9, 2019

    DCOTA Call for Papers 

    Send any questions or concerns to

  • Tue, June 12, 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    DCOTA is announcing the following vacancies. Please submit nominations and qualifications to Self nominations are welcomed!

    The following positions are open for appointment by executive board:

    Membership Chairperson

    • Be responsible for, and chair committees on, member records/archives and membership materials and recruitment

    • Regularly update the membership database

    • Develop, execute, and monitor all membership recruitment and retention activities

    Communications Chairperson

    • Be responsible for and chair committees on establishing, developing, and monitoring contact and communication channels, such as the Association’s mailing and email addresses, newsletter, website, phone numbers, and social media.

    Nominations and Awards Chairperson

    • Be responsible for, and chair committees on; advertising, soliciting, and gathering data for nominations for DCOTA offices, and membership awards. 
    • Maintain lists and/or records of previous awardees.
    • Procure certificates and awards
    • Coordinate presentation of awards at the annual conference and other event
    • Assume responsibility for recruiting candidates for impending vacancies on the DCOTA Board.


    **Board members must execute 2-3 goals during their term. 

    Instructions for Biography Submission

    Submit a one page biography with a detailed description of yourself. It should include basic facts like education, work, community service and highlights of various aspects of your life. We want to get to know you and why you are interested in DCOTA and serving in a prospective board position. Please also include a statement on how you will use this position to carry-out AOTA’s Vision 2025.

    You must be a member to be considered for a position.  For more information, visit the members page after logging into DCOTA or email us 


  • Sat, March 11, 2017 6:36 PM | Anonymous

    Please see attached for more information regarding open positions for the DCOTA Executive Board (President, Vice President & Treasurer): DCOTA Nominations 2017.pdf 
    Nominations are due by Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5PM. 
    Elections will be held from Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 16 - midnight. The new board members will be announced at DCOTA Annual Conference on April 29.

  • Tue, February 21, 2017 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Please see below for the poster presentations that will be at the DCOTA Annual Conference:
    DCOTA Poster sessions 2 19-2.pdf

  • Fri, January 20, 2017 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    If you are interested in presenting a poster at DCOTA Annual Conference, please submit the following form: DCOTA Poster Presentation Proposal Form final 2.pdf

  • Mon, January 09, 2017 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in being an exhibit vendor or sponsor for DCOTA Annual Conference on April 29, 2017? If so, please complete this form: DCOTA Vendor 2017 Updated March 1.pdf

  • Wed, December 14, 2016 7:49 PM | Anonymous

    My name is Jaime Schilling, and I am a Post Professional Doctoral student in the Occupational Therapy Department of Quinnipiac University. I am a co-investigator in a study exploring how school-based occupational therapists who spend at least 75% of each week working in public schools within the United States, are supporting student attainment of keyboarding skills for children in grades kindergarten through twelve. Through this brief survey, your answers will be helpful in enhancing our knowledge of the practice patterns and intervention approaches school-based occupational therapists are using in order to promote the development of keyboarding skills in students attending public schools.
    This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are completely anonymous. It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this survey on to additional public school-based occupational therapists working with children, in grades kindergarten through twelve, you know or work with, to help us obtain additional participants. This study is strictly voluntary and your participation is in no way required. If you have any questions please contact Jaime Schilling M.S., OTR/L at or Mindy Garfinkel OTD, OTR/L at We appreciate your participation. Thank you.
    We invite you to participate in our survey here:

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