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    • 13 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • 26 May 2024
    • 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Ethics: Session 2: Professional Integrity, Responsibility, and Accountability (Section 1)

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This session will be number 2 is the series and focus on the first section in the Code of Ethics. The topic will be on profession integrity, responsibility and accountability. 

    Guest Speaker:

    Ashley Wagner, OTD, OTR/L

    Ashley is the Director of Occupational Therapy for Family Forward’s Developmental Trauma Center in St. Louis, MO. She also serves as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Ethics Commission. Ashley speaks nationally on topics related to both trauma-specific occupational therapy for children and the overlap between ethics and equity work, especially within the LGBTQIA+ communities. When not in a late-night zoom meeting for one of her many professional projects or volunteer roles, you may catch Ashley listening to an audiobook during her morning run or, more likely, trying to unravel the mystery of which of her children needs the wacky socks clean for school on Wednesday.


    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 3:

    Therapeutic Relationships (Section 2)

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 3rd session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 2 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of therapeutic relationships. 

    Speaker Information:

    Brenda S. Howard

    Brenda S. Howard, DHSc, OTR, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy. She is the former Chairperson of the American Occupational Therapy Association Ethics Commission (2019-2023) and is the Representative Assembly Recorder (2023-2026). After more than 30 years of clinical experience in productive aging and rehabilitation/disability, including a specialty in vestibular rehabilitation, she transitioned to academia. She co-edited the book, Everyday Ethics & Occupational Therapy (2024, AOTA Press) and wrote or co-wrote ten of AOTA’s Ethics Advisories.



    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 4:

    Professional Civility (Section 7)

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 4th session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 7 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of professional civility. 

    Speaker Information:

    Leslie Bennett

    Leslie Bennett, OTD, OTR/L, is an Associate Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Russell Sage College and earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University.  Dr. Bennett is the current chair of AOTA's Ethics Commission and is focused on educating members at state and national levels on ethics and empowering them to negotiate ethical conflicts. Dr. Bennett has been part of the commission since fall of 2019.





    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 5:30 PM
    Rhythmic Movement Training for School Readiness

    This is a 14 credit hour Rhythmic Movement International course emphasizing using RMT with groups of young children rather than just one on one.

    Instructors
    Elizabeth Hickman, PT, MPT, Owner of Thrive Therapy, Elmhurst IL  elizabeth@thrivetherapy.info  
    630-881- 0736,
    and/or 
    Cheryl E. Hunt MS, OTR/L, Owner of Kids' Connection Therapy Services, Mount Horeb, WI, kcots831@gmail.com 
    608-332-2205. 

    Location: Kids' Connection Therapy Services 
    222 East Front Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 

    Date: July 20 & 21, 2024, 9am - 5:30

    Cost: $450 Early Registration - before July 5
              $475 Full Registration - after July 5


    Maximum # of Attendees: 12

    For additional information, please reach out to the instructors 
    • 13 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 5:

    Service Delivery (Section 4)

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 5th session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 4 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of service delivery.

    Speaker Information:

    Wayne L Winistorfer, MPA, OTR, FAOTA

    If you’re an OT or OTA living in Wisconsin you probably know Wayne.  Active in WOTA,and AOTA throughout his career. Proud husband, (44 yrs), father of two, Papa of three, and The Pie Guy of Oshkosh    Wayne is “mostly retired” but working PRN OT in Inpatient Behavioral Health and teaching one class in the OTA Program at FVTC-Appleton.     

    Wayne is a UW Madison OT Program grad: 1977. (Go Badgers!)  Earned his MPA from UW Oshkosh with Master’s Thesis focused on ethics. Served as co-chair of committee that addressed ethical issues at Winnebago Mental Health Institute and served as Co-Chair of Ethics Committees for Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton and Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh for over 20 years.

    Wayne has worked as an occupational therapist in administrative, clinical, education, private practice, expert witness and consultant roles.  Wayne has presented, taught, written, regulated, served and volunteered for WOTA, WisCouncil, AOTA, NBCOT and the State of Wisconsin.  

    Served on AOTA Ethics Commission member for 4 years and Chair for 3 years.  Wrote, co-wrote and contributed content to recent publication: Everyday Ethics & Occupational Therapy (2024, AOTA Press). 






    • 16 Sep 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 6:

    Service Delivery (Section 6)

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 6th session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 6 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of communication.

    Speaker Information:

    Brenda Kennell, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA  

            has been an OT for over 45 years, working in a multitude of settings and with clients of all ages. Brenda graduated with her BS-OT from UW Madison in 1976.  She served on the AOTA Ethics Commission for 6 years, the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy for 12 years, as the Continuing Education Chairperson for the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association, and is a reviewer for ACOTE. Brenda is the co-editor of the new AOTA book Everyday Ethics & Occupational Therapy, and author of several chapters.  She has published and presented locally and nationally about ethical concerns and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.







    • 15 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 7:

    Professional Competence, Education, Supervision, and Training (Section 5) 

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 7th session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 5 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of Professional Competence, Education, Supervision, and Training

    Speaker Information:

    Rena Purohit, JD, OTR/L

    Rena Purohit, JD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and an attorney. She is a member of the AOTA Ethics Commission. Rena is a full-time faculty member at Touro University's occupational therapy program in New York City.

    Barbara Elleman, OTD, OTR/L, C-NDT

    Barbara Elleman is an occupational therapist who currently serves on the AOTA Ethics Commission as the Practice Representative. She works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Barbara graduated from East Carolina University (1992) with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, completed a post professional Masters of Health Science at University of Indianapolis (2002), earned her post professional doctorate at Eastern Kentucky University (2020) and is currently working on a dissertation for a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Kentucky. Her interest and passion for ethics stems from the prominence of ethical situations in an ever changing healthcare environment and a desire to help current and future occupational therapy practitioners navigate ethical decision making. Barbara has authored and co-authored chapters and AOTA advisory opinions on various ethics topics; developed and instructed graduate courses focused on ethics and provided ethics related presentations within the United States.  She lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and "child"ren and enjoys traveling, playing tennis and spending time with family.









    • 11 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    WOTA Everyday Ethics: Session 8:

    Documentation, Reimbursement and Financial Matters (Section 3) 

    WOTA is pleased to offer an exciting new webinar series this year specific to ethics for the occupational therapy practitioner. Each session will welcome special guest speakers from the AOTA ethics committee. The session will follow the newly released book, Everyday Ethics & the Occupational Therapy

    This is the 8th session in this Ethics series. This will focus on section 3 of the Code of Ethics with topic areas of documentation, reimbursement and financial matters. 

    Speaker Information:

    Deborah Yarett Slater, MS, OTR/L

    Deborah Yarett Slater, OT, MSOT, FAOTA, is currently a term lecturer for the interprofessional ethics course at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and an occupational therapy member of the Board of Allied Health Professions in Massachusetts. Her career has included diverse clinical and organizational management roles in healthcare organizations throughout the Boston area. Most recently, she was the ethics program manager and governance liaison to the Ethics Commission (EC), the Special Interest Sections and the Representative Assembly at AOTA. Deborah also served for a number of years on the MAOT Board of Directors. As the AOTA Ethics Program manager, Ms. Slater led the EC through multiple revisions of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and its Enforcement Procedures. She educated practitioners and stakeholders in applications of ethical principles across practice settings, consistently instructing, modeling, mentoring, consulting, and advocating for decisions that upheld these principles and values. Ms. Slater has authored or co-authored over 30 articles, book chapters, online courses, and professional guidelines on applied ethics and practice management. In addition, she has provided numerous presentations to local, state, and national audiences and as well as teaching ethics in OT educational programs.

    Wayne L Winistorfer, MPA, OTR, FAOTA

    Wayne has been active in WOTA,and AOTA throughout his career. Proud husband, (44 yrs), father of two, Papa of three, and The Pie Guy of Oshkosh    Wayne is “mostly retired” but working PRN OT in Inpatient Behavioral Health and teaching one class in the OTA Program at FVTC-Appleton.     

    Wayne is a UW Madison OT Program grad: 1977. (Go Badgers!)  MPA from UW Oshkosh with Master’s Thesis focused on ethics. Served as Chair of the committee that addressed ethical issues at Winnebago Mental Health Institute and Co-Chair of Ethics Committees for Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton and Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh for over 20 years.

    Wayne is an OTR with work experience in administrative, clinical, education, private practice, expert witness and consultant roles.  Wayne has presented, taught, written, regulated, served and volunteered for WOTA, WisCouncil, AOTA, NBCOT and the State of Wisconsin.  

    Wayne served as an AOTA Ethics Commission member for 4 years and elected Chair for a three year term.  Wrote, co-wrote and contributed content to recent publication: Everyday Ethics & Occupational Therapy (2024, AOTA Press). 










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