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Keynote Speaker: Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT
Pioneer of the Kawa Method
Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, is Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. Iwama previously was professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia).
Dr. Iwama is widely recognized for having developed the Kawa Model (‘Kawa’ is Japanese for ‘River’), the first substantial model of practice in the rehabilitation sciences developed outside the English-speaking world. The Kawa Model is now taught in over 600 health professions education programs internationally and used in practice across six continents. He has emerged as a very important and progressive thinker in the fields of occupational therapy and rehabilitation sciences worldwide.
Dr. Iwama draws on his rich experience of acculturating into Eastern and Western social spheres of experience to drive his profound and critical perspectives on culture and its intersections with theory and practice in the rehabilitation sciences.
Breakout Sessions Offer Multiple Relevant CE Opportunities
Breakout sessions covering current topics such as the occupational therapy profession's role in the opiod crisis, managing mental health in educational settings, orthosis fabrication, supporting patients with autism, creative functional treatment techniques and more. For a detailed look at the available breakout sessions, view the agenda.
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* Please note, meals are not included in registration fees. Attendees are responsible for meals on their own. *
Hampton Inn Downtown Columbia Historic District
822 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Located within easy walking distance to the Annual Conference site at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Hampton Inn Columbia - Downtown Historic District has a group rate for SCOTA Conference attendees.
UPDATE: The SCOTA room block is full. You may contact the Hampton Inn's Sales Manager, Lindsey Rhinesmith, directly to inquire if any rooms are available at the $149 rate. As of January 28, 2020, there were approximately 5 rooms available. Please call Lindsey at 803-476-1310 by January 29, 2020.
SCOTA has a staggered cancellation/refund policy:
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- 100% refund on 2020 Annual Conference cancellations made on or before January 31, 2020.
- 50% refund on 2020 Annual Conference cancellations made February 1 – 14, 2020.
- No refunds on cancellations made on or after February 15, 2020.
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