Annual Conference

GOTA Annual Conference

2014 Annual Conference & Professional Meeting

Directions & Parking the Conference:
For GPS, use 987 St. Sebastian Way, Augusta, Georgia 30901
From I-20: 
Get off on Riverwatch Parkway - take a left
Take a right on 15th St.
Take a left on Walton Way
Take a right on St. Sebastian Way
- at the stop sign - go straight ahead. 
Take the 3rd right and follow that around to the Health Science Building parking lot.
Parking is open all weekend


Click Here to Download a Conference Brochure


We are excited about the speakers we have obtained for this year’s conference, including our Keynote, Francie Baxter, OT, PhD, FAOTA. This years theme is “ Evolving in a Changing Environment” with a variety of topics and short courses which can help you update your skills and strengthen your practice as an OT or OTA. 

We invite you to register for the conference today. The early registration deadline is September 12, 2014. Please be sure to sign up for concurrent sessions on the registration form to ensure your place. We are not able to guarantee admission to a specific session if your registration is not completed.
You will receive many benefits by participating in the conference, including:

  • A variety of topics which will enable you to choose the sessions which will meet your needs.
  • An opportunity to receive continuing education hours which are required by state licensure. The maximum amount of credit hours you can receive is 14.
  • The ability to meet therapists from different areas of the state, renew friendships, and develop informal networks.

All of this at a reasonable price and the flexibility to register for one day or the entire weekend. Did we mention we like to have fun too?
Hope to see you September 19 -21, 2014 at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia!

~GOTA Conference Committee

Annette Russell Farmer, OTR/L, C/NDT
Christine Ferrer, COTA/L

Kimberly Stoops, MS, OTR/L

Rachel Wilson, COTA/L


If you would like to attend the conference, you may register online, or you can contact the GOTA Executive Office at 770-435-5910 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Onsite registration is also available.


Registration Options:



  OT OTA Student OT OTA Student
Full Conference Registration $250 $225 $40 $350 $325 $50
Friday (Ethics) Only $75 $65 $20 $90 $80 $30
Saturday Only $225 $200 $30 $275 $250 $40
Sunday Only $115 $100 $15 $140 $125 $20

Registration & Schedule: 
Friday, September 19, 2014
5:00PM - 7:30PM

Saturday, September 20, 2014
7:00AM - 7:30PM

Sunday, September 21, 2014
7:00AM - 1:10PM

2014 Conference Handouts


Please bring your laptop to view the slides or print a copy of the handouts for your use during the conference.  All handouts are in PDF format.  Click on the course title to begin your download.

Please verify your course selections. If you have any conflicting times, please contact the GOTA Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your corrections.

Friday, September 19, 2014
5:30PM - 7:30PM: Ethics & Jurisprudence for Occupational Therapy (Handouts provided onsite)

 Saturday, September 20, 2014
8:15AM - 9:45AM: Keynote Address: Occupational Therapy: For Such a Time as This

10:00AM - 1:00PM: Physical Agent Modalities - Please bring both handouts (Electrotherapy / Diathermy)

10:00AM - 11:00AM: AOTA Volunteer Leadership Demystified

10:00AM - 11:00AM: Advanced Technology and Robotics in Rehabilitation

10:00AM - 11:00AM: OT Therapy Beyond Borders: Developing and Implementing an Internationsl OT Experience 

10:00AM - 11:00AM: Exploring International Level II Fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico

11:10AM - 12:40PM: Built-In Accessibilty of Mobile Apple Devices - (Handouts provided onsite)

11:10AM - 12:40PM: Addressing Spirituality and Religion with Clients

11:10AM - 12:40PM: Reacting to the Past: innovative Strategies for Pediatric Interventions

2:30PM - 5:30PM: Understanding Low Vision Principles, Implications and Practical Applications - (Handouts provided onsite)

2:30PM - 5:30PM: Occupational Therapy Intervention Scale (OT-IS): Describing Occupational Therapy Interventions for Documentation, Quality Management and Research - (Handouts provided onsite)

2:30PM - 3:30PM: Connecting & Serving: Ot's and Public Office

2:30PM - 3:30PM: Development and Validation of the Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration - (Handouts provided onsite)

2:30PM - 3:30PM: The effects of the Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect application (EASe app) for children, adolescents and adults with sensory processing deficits: Continuation Studies

3:45PM - 5:15PM: Therapy Dogs: What can they do for my patients?

3:45PM - 5:15PM: The Journey Toward Cultural Competency: Developing a Personal Itinerary

3:45PM - 5:15PM: Living Above the Fray: Every Day Occupation that Influence Spirituality

Sunday, September 21, 2014
8:15AM - 9:15AM: Georgia War Veterans Movement Group

8:15AM - 9:15AM: Relationships Among Occupational therapy Professional Reasoning, Outcomes: A Methodological Pilot Study - (Handouts provided onsite)

8:15AM - 9:45AM: 3-D Printing Technology in the Occupationall Therapy Setting: Possibilities of Intradisciplinary Collaboration

10:00AM - 11:30AM: Transistioning from Student into Practicing OT

10:00AM - 11:30AM: Introduction to the Kawa (River) Model