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Call for Papers due June 27, 2010 for the WVOTA conference to be held Saturday October 2, at Mountain State University Beckley, WV Paper proposals should be sent to Mary Hager, conference chair 5310 Edgebrook Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313 Please send information to include name, title of proposal and short abstract

Next WVOTA meeting Aug, 2010 in Charleston, WV (Working meeting 10:00 A.M.) Congratulations to Deborah Shamblin for being elected WVOTA president and Sarah Black vice-president. Thank you to Diana Davis for all of her hard work as WVOTA president.

AOTA news: for information concerning motions and resolutions from Orlando Spring face to face meeting, please go to


Call for Papers for the WVOTA conference Saturday October 2, 2010 to be held at Mountain State University in Beckley, WV. Send paper proposals to Mary Hager, conference chair, 5310 Edgebrook Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313 or to by June 20, 2010

WVOTA meeting will be held on April 10th at WVU Occupational Therapy School lab within the Allied Health School beginning 10 am. Emphasis will be Representative Assembly issues which involve school based therapists, OTA's/students in SNF, mental health therapists, and re-organization of AOTA. The OT School/Allied Health Building is positioned behind Ruby Memorial Hospital. Please Map quest or Google directions.

Dear West Virginia AOTA members,

In preparation for the spring Representative Assembly meeting, AOTA has proposed making a transformational change to Association structures and processes to better support member participation and leadership development.

Recognizing the changing needs of the profession and the membership, AOTA appointed an ad hoc committee in October of 2008 that looked at AOTA’s volunteer and participation structure. The charge was to:

Undertake a comprehensive review of current methods and processes that support member participation in the Association including governance, workforce, and networking opportunities and structures.

The review was to assess the participation needs and desires of members, and models for participation that will align with and support the pursuit of Centennial Vision objectives. The Board received and approved the report and recommendations, and the recommendations will be conveyed to the Representative Assembly in Orlando.

Following extensive research regarding member activities and perceptions of participation, the Ad Hoc committee was able to identify key barriers which reduced member involvement and these barriers need to be addressed. After extensive deliberations, the Committee determined there needs to be a transformational change to AOTA’s structures and processes, and proposed a new framework for supporting member participation.

Required specifications include: 
· Supports the Centennial Vision and prioritizes leadership development 
· Aligns volunteer work groups with priority projects 
· Is proactive and has a clear and positive impact 
· Clearly defines expectations and delineates parameters and charges to volunteer groups to ensure success and implementation 
· Is cost-effective

A key priority for AOTA is to invest more in volunteer leadership identification, training and recognition. In response, they proposed a new Volunteer and Leadership Development Committee (VLDC), which will combine the responsibilities of the current Nominations Committee and Recognitions Committee. This committee will assist in populating ad hoc committees as well as identify potential volunteer leaders through a centralized database called Coordinated Online Opportunities for Leadership (COOL).

The Ad Hoc Committee also recommended the Representative Assembly be transformed from a 60-member group to a 15 member Council on Professional Policy and Standards and this group will retain responsibilities for setting policy and standards for the profession. It is thought that a smaller group will be able to respond more quickly to emerging critical professional issues and to ease members’ access to the policy and decision making processes.

The Council on Professional Policy and Standards will also be responsible for creating ad hoc groups as needed for specific projects. This function will eliminate the current standing committees such as the COE, COP, CCCPD and the Ethics Commission. The ASD, ASAP, AOTPAC, Program Director Councils and the Board for Advanced and Specialty Certifications will remain in place.

Since providing opportunities to discuss and improve practice is both a highly valued member benefit and a key to better serving societal needs, the Special Interest Sections will be transformed into Communities of Practice (COPs) which will form the basis for a network of people who share a common interest in a specific area of practice to learn together over a period of time, to develop and share that knowledge. This method would be more fluid and less bound by governance rules.

The proposed timeline includes transitioning over the next 2 years with final bylaws changes brought forward to the AOTA membership in 2012.

For additional information, you may read the article that appeared in OT Practice, volume 15, issue 1, page 5 (Jan 25, 2010 issue) or at . You may also go to There is also a Participation Forum on OT Connections at (look to the AOTA RA Public Forum which does not completely list the name on the icon. It is in the 1st row on the right of the icon shown on the mid right side of the OT Connections page.)

As your representative, I am delighted to hear your thoughts in regards to this proposal so that I can represent you at the Assembly meeting in April. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with your comments, suggestions and ideas.

There are other motions to be considered by the RA at our face-to-face meeting in Orlando. 
Motion 1: Adopting the revised AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards. 
Motion 2: Rescinding the previous Ethics documents. 
COP Motion 1: Adoption of the Paper: OT Services in the Promotion of Psychological & Social Aspects of Mental Health (Revised 2010). 
COP Motion 2: Adoption of the paper: Specialized Knowledge & Skills in Mental Health Promotion, Prevention & Intervention OT Practice. 
Comm. on Continuing Competence Motion 1: Adoption of Guidelines for Re-entry into the field of Occupational Therapy. 
Motion 2: Adoption of revisions to document: Standards for Continuing Competence. 
Report of the President: Motion 1: Accept the recommendations of the Participation Review Ad Hoc Committee. The President shall update the membership yearly on the progress on the transition to this proposed governance structure.

In order to inform the West Virginia membership of AOTA, the WVOTA is setting up a meeting date/time/location. You can find this information posted on the WVOTA Web site at:

There is an online survey at which you may provide feedback on the restructuring proposal and all other motions. Please use the link:

As always, your membership and support of AOTA is appreciated!


Randy P. McCombie, PhD, OTR/L 
West Virginia Representative 
304 293-1954


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