The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hosted the Fall Conference of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association on Nov. 15 and 16 in the Allied Health Professions Building and the Learning Resource Center at Saint Louis University. Almost 300 participants attended the conference, MOTA’s biggest attendance on record. Leading scholars and practitioners from Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-Columbia and Maryville University presented various topics in different practice settings. Representatives from different facilities also shared expertise and leaders from the American Occupational Therapy Association joined in one presentation via web-conferencing. Occupational therapy and OT Assistant students from different universities also presented and attended the conference.
Program Director and Department Chair, Prof. Debra Rybski, MS, MSHCA, OTR/L, shared that SLU OS OT department has a long history of hosting the conference and serving leadership positions in MOTA. The annual Fall Conference is always a great opportunity to network, showcase exceptional scholarship and share current trends in practice in the profession. The MOTA Conference organizers were grateful for the exceptional assistance provided by SLU OSOT faculty, staff and students that helped make the event a success.
This year, MOT-2 student Paige Huber was awarded the Susan Sheckley Barnes scholarship. This award given to an entry level Occupational Therapy student who best demonstrates the characteristics that Ms. Barnes embraced: generosity, altruism, creativity, leadership, resourcefulness and optimism. Huber, who will start her level 2 fieldwork in the spring, expressed how fortunate she is to be given this scholarship award. When asked what this award meant to her, Paige shared that, “this scholarship helps define me as a student to embrace my goals for the future. I consistently strive to give all that I can as a person, student and professional, and I desire to make a difference in the field of OT.”
Next year’s MOTA Fall Conference will be held in Columbia, MO.
Photos from the MOTA Fall Conference can be found at flickr.com.