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Our Mission: On behalf of its members and the public, the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association promotes and advances the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.
Centennial Vision: We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs.

2015 Membership and Conference Registration

Join SCOTA: renew your 2015 membership by simply completing the [online registration form] and using PayPal to submit payment.

Sign up, and register for the SCOTA 2015 mini-conferences by simply completing the [online registration form] and using PayPal to submit payment.

EACH MINI-CONFERENCE: $60.00 SCOTA members, $20.00 students, $140.00 non-members 


MINI-CONFERENCE: CHARLESTON - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 - 6 CEU's
VENUE: MUSC
PRESENTERS:
Beth Beutler: Communications and Time Management - Three hour workshop
Verbal and written communication skills, understanding and leveraging personality traits in yourself and others, marketing yourself as a professional (whether you work for yourself or others.)
HANGER: UE Prosthetic Overview - Three hours

MINI-CONFERENCE: COLUMBIA -SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 - 6 CEU's
VENUE: SC ARCHIVES BUILDING
PRESENTERS:
Heather Windsor with Ken Dority of NAMI: Mental Health in OT and our State - Three hour workshop
HANGER: SCI and orthotics - Three hours     

MINI-CONFERENCE: GREENVILLE - FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 - 6 CEU's
VENUE: GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
PRESENTERS:
Beth Beutler: Moving forward empowering people - Three hour workshop
Time and priority management, your personal mission statement, self-care and stress management, tips to keep yourself organized and on track in daily life and work.
HANGER: Amputee empowerment partners - Three hours  

SCOTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: GREENVILLE - FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AND SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015
VENUE: GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
PRESENTERS:
Amy Lamb - Keynote address, and CEU presentation
NBCOT      - (Details to follow)
Karen Dawkins – Three courses, two hours each: “Social Media,” “Facebook and Google+” and “Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.”

Join SCOTA

SCOTA is designed to provide you with the support and information you need to practice in our ever-changing healthcare environment. As a member of SCOTA, you are providing the necessary support and financial investment to help keep our wonderful profession sound, while enjoying the numerous benefits it provides. SCOTA members will have access to the members only area where you can network, exchange ideas, and share experiences.  There is also a tool for tracking your continuing education hours with automatic reminders when your certification is coming up. Members also have access to district meetings and discounted conferences/workshops with CEU opportunities. The list of tangible and intangible benefits goes on and on… Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Wishing you success in improving the quality of life of those whom you treat. May SCOTA help you in that mission.

Cristina Smith
Corresponding Secretary
Membership Chairperson

How can you join?

To join complete the new [Membership and Registration Form] and select and pay your membership dues for the first year. Please contact us for more information or download and print a copy of the application form here.

Who can join SCOTA?

Regular Member (OTR/COTA):

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed by the SC Board of Occupational Therapy and in good standing with NBCOT.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Vote on all issues brought forth at the annual business meeting.
  3. Eligible to hold any SCOTA office and serve on any committee.
  4. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  5. May be elected as a Representative or an Alternate to the Representative Assembly of AOTA, if an AOTA member.

Student Member (OTS/OTAS):

Students either enrolled in an approved South Carolina accredited occupational therapy educational program or students who are residents of South Carolina and enrolled in an approved accredited occupational therapy educational program in another state.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Will be represented by 1 equal vote on the Executive Board by 1 student representative from each school and at SCOTA business meetings and other special meetings.
  3. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  4. May serve on committees or as student representative if elected.

Associate Member:

An individual who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as an OTR or COTA such as an occupational therapist not licensed in SC, an activity therapist, or a student from an educational program that is not occupational therapy.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

Affiliate Member:

A group who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as a registered occupational therapist, or COTA, such as a business, or other organization.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member.
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

Message from the President : Sarah Gassman Wilbanks

Thank you for visiting SCOTA’s website – we hope it will become one of your favorites!  It is our mission to promote and advance the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.  We are excited to be able to offer a user- friendly site that provides fresh, relevant information.  Search our site for CEU opportunities, networking and advocacy opportunities, employment opportunities, regulatory information, and more.  Become a SCOTA member and enjoy access to our members-only area.  We welcome ideas, feedback, talents and energy!  Contact our Board members through the e-mail links.  Join us in letting the world know OT is strong in South Carolina and we believe in “Living Life to its Fullest”!
Sarah Gassman Schultz

About SCOTA

Join SCOTA as we grow a strong profession, one member at a time! The South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA) is a network of occupational therapy practitioners, student, researchers and educators designed to provide you with the support and information you need to practice in your ever-changing healthcare environment. Follow this link and read more about SCOTA.

Alert - Contact your Members of Congress to Stop Therapy Cap

Last week, the bill to repeal the therapy cap was reintroduced in Congress.  This bill would permanently repeal the arbitrary cap on Medicare outpatient therapy and ensure that Medicare recipients have access to medically necessary Occupational Therapy services.
 
Every two years, bills have to be reintroduced, and Members of Congress have to agree to cosponsor the new bill.  The last bill had 181 cosponsors in the House and 22 cosponsors in the Senate.  This Congress we can and should increase those numbers.  Repeal of the therapy cap is more important than ever.  Contact your Senators and Representatives today using the AOTA Legislative Action Center.
 
Heather Parsons
Director of Legislative Advocacy
American Occupational Therapy Association

Welcome to the SCOTA web site!

Welcome to the SCOTA website! As an OT professional you have taken another step towards your independence. You have surpassed many milestones and reached many goals in your development. Think of the people you have touched and the influence your voice holds on lives. Now think of the power of many OT professionals networking together to learn and share ideas, to help our profession from your desktop to the state level.

As a SCOTA member you will be able to network with hundreds of other OT professional in South Carolina. You will be able to keep track of all of your certifications and expirations in your profile; and you will receive discounts on CEU courses offered. You can also keep track of your certifications or to network.

-- The SCOTA board