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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community


NBCOT promotes standards of professional conduct in occupational therapy practice. In 2018 the number of disciplinary cases reviewed by NBCOT for OT and OTA practitioners doubled to 159 cases from 79 in 2017. Sanctions were brought against certificants in 34 cases, which violated Principles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 9. The recently issued the following alert:

“The dissemination of personal medical information of a client or patient on social media, in turn violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), is a behavior that has resulted in sanctions or disciplinary actions for OT practitioners and students on fieldwork. It is important to ensure you do not post something that you might regret later or that could be against the law.”

Common violations include posting images and videos without permission, friending current clients and behaving unprofessionally (share/post inappropriate information/images) on Facebook. Copyright violations are also unprofessional conduct. Learn more about common social medial HIPPA violations and other disciplinary actions regarding the improper use of social media here.


The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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