TNOTA Advocacy Panel: Lessons Learned in 2020 and Beyond

This course is discounted for TNOTA members.

TNOTA Advocacy Panel: Lessons Learned in 2020 and Beyond

Self Paced Online Course
$20 ($15 for TNOTA Members)
1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]
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This course was recorded at the 2021 Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

This short occupational therapy professional development course consists of a panel of seasoned OT advocates at the state and national level. Panel members will share their insight, experiences, and advice for advocating for occupational therapy both in Tennessee and at the federal level.

Presented by: Cindy Blackwell
Susan McDonald
Courtney Atnip
Stephanie Lancaster
Mary Barnes

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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand current practice and legislative trends impacting occupational therapy in Tennessee and beyond
  • Identify effective strategies for advocacy and creating change in the occupational therapy realm in Tennessee and beyond
  • Locate resources to improve their own effectiveness in advocating for our profession
Instructor bio
Cindy Blackwell
TNOTA President

Dr. Cindy DeRuiter Blackwell is the president of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. She earned her MS and post-professional OTD degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Blackwell is a pediatric practitioner who has worked in a variety of pediatric settings. She is an AOTA Emerging Leader (2014).

Susan McDonald
TNOTA Guest Instructor

Susan S. McDonald, Ed.D, OTR/L. Susan is an Associate Professor and Founding Chair of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Occupational Therapy Department. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, her master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and her bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During her career she has served numerous leadership roles in state associations, including President, President-Elect, District Chairperson, and Legislative Chairperson. She also served as a member and Chairperson of a State Regulatory Board. She provides education to hundreds of therapists throughout the state on the topic of ethics and jurisprudence. She has served on numerous boards serving children and families. She has worked independently and in collaboration with others to expand the knowledge base of occupational therapy.

Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS, CDP
TNOTA Guest Instructor

Stephanie has been an OT practitioner for 30 years. She moved from full-time clinical practice into academia in 2013 and now serves as the program director and as assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Department in Memphis. Stephanie serves as Vice Chair of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) and is the representative for the AOTA Representative Assembly for the state of Tennessee. In addition, she hosts a podcast called “On The air“ for individuals interested in occupational therapy. Her research interests center on the impact of technology in the clinical and educational arenas with an emphasis on instructional design and technology in teaching and learning for learners with diverse needs.

Mary Barnes, MOT, CHT
TNOTA Guest Instructor

 Mary Collier Barnes, MOT, CHT has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 40 years and a Certified Hand Therapist for 25 years, working primarily in outpatient orthopedics. She has volunteered internationally with Health Care Volunteers Overseas and locally at TSU’s Tiger Clinic. She is the recipient of the AAHS Vargus Grant for an International Hand Therapy mission to Africa. She is an instructor for ASHT’s Foundations Course and Hands on Orthotics courses. She is a member of ASHT’s Education Division and Project Lead for Education on Tour. She is TNOTA’s Continuing Education Chair. She is the former Chair of the Occupational and Physical Therapy Board of Examiners. She is the recipient of many awards including “Therapist of the Year”, “Pioneer Award”, “Volunteer of the Year” and the “Award of Excellence”.

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or TNOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • View presentation recording in entirety 
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 80% or greater
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at [email protected] within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand web Courses 
Web courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  

Course Author

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program. This course is discounted for TNOTA Members.