2020 Annual Conference

  • 02/28/2020
  • 02/29/2020
  • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center


  • Includes CE credits for both days.
  • Save $10 on the 2020 OT Membership rate (normally $75) when you register for the conference and renew your membership.
  • Includes CE credits for both days.
  • Includes CE credits for Friday.
  • Includes CE credits for Saturday.
  • Student registration applies to those actively pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. A valid student ID will be needed at check-in.
  • Complimentary 2020 Conference Speaker Registration. Please provide code when prompted.
  • Includes a 6-foot table in the pre-function area. Includes recognition before, during and after event.
  • If you require electricity for your set up, please select this option. The standard availability is 120 V, 5 amps.
  • Conference sponsor with 6 months of advertising (includes a 6ft table, 2 minute live advertisement, recognition before and after event, and program advertisement)
  • Conference snack sponsor (includes recognition before and after event and signage at a break)
  • Includes one-page ad in conference materials


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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.  

View a speakers list, alphabetical by last name.

* Please note, meals are not included in registration fees. Attendees are responsible for meals on their own. *

Hotel Information 

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. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy
SCOTA has a staggered cancellation/refund policy: 

  • 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. 
Please email adminscota@gmail.com or call 843-779-7009 with any questions. 

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Virco!

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