Leadership Cohort 4Leadership Development Cohort VI



Live Stream Course  *  6 Live CEs   * $80 OT/OTAs   *  $20 Entry-Level Students

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  - Flyer

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Leadership Development Program
Event Speakers
FOTA Leaders
FOTA Regional Representatives
Course Description
 The participants will engage in a day of continuing education and dynamic discussions on the topic of leadership and service in the context of the state professional association for occupational therapy. A variety of speakers, presentations, and discussions will be provided on leadership practices and principles as well as the diversity of roles in leadership that exist in FOTA. The event will culminate with participants identifying and committing to aspects of FOTA that they would be involved in volunteering and begin growing into leadership roles in those areas. Participants will be connected to a current FOTA leader who can act in the capacity of mentor and facilitate increased service to FOTA and guide leadership development. 
 Learning Objectives
  1. Learn to navigate Zoom technology and/or application of Zoom via android or IOS
  2. Identify leadership styles/practices
  3. Identify behaviors and characteristics of leaders (communication/visibility).
  4. Gain a basic understanding of FOTA’s organization, its mission and vision
  5. Explore current FOTA leadership opportunities to enhance leadership development
  6. Reflect on personal leadership journey and explore action planning to reach your personal action plans/goals
  7. Develop meaningful professional fulfillment through FOTA leadership practices
  8. Understand the purpose of FOTA’s leadership development committee



Nelson been an occupational therapy practitioner for over 18 years with an array of certifications and specialties including Rehabilitation Fitness Specialist, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Cupping Therapist, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Expert, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Nelson has been in upper leadership roles for over 10 years. Nelson is the Executive Director / Administrator of Rehab Without Walls® NeuroSolutions (Florida division). Nelson is the Co-Chair of the Administration and Management Special Interest Section for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association and serves on the Sabrina Cohen Foundation Advisory Board and Campaign Leadership Team. Nelson has presented at several national and international conferences and symposiums including ACRM on topics including Chronic Stress, Intensive Therapy for the Neuro Population, Timing & Rhythm in the Brain and Body, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a clinician and therapy leader, he has restored function for clients and decreased disabilities following disease or profound injury including congenital dysfunctions, developmental disorders, spinal cord injuries (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), acquired brain injury (ABI), cerebral palsy, paralysis, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Chronic Stress, etc. Nelson has written several articles for various publications and co-authored a medical book that focused on topics that highlight the importance of taking not only an holistic approach to treatment but a whole-person and environmental approach as well. 

Speaker: Lyvette Carrasquillo OTD, OTR/L

Lyvette has worked in a variety of settings including school-based OT services, early intervention, pediatric telehealth OT, in-patient neuro rehabilitation adults, acute care pediatrics, acute care adults, oncology care and hospital-based Outpatient OT services.  She has mentored level II fieldwork students from both MOT programs and OTD programs across the Southeast Regions.  She has served as Co-chair of the FOTA Leadership Development Committee and currently serves as Professional Developoment Coordinator of the AOTA Developmental Disability SIS. She has co-authored publications in both the OT Practice magazine as well as the AOTA SIS Quarterly.  She is currently in AOTA 2022-20234 cohort for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Institute and Mentoring program. She is passionate about continuing competence and professional development. 


Speaker: Yu Hsiang Liang (Linda) Paultre OTD, OTR/L, CKTP, CSRS

Linda completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 1995 from the University of Toronto, Canada, and her post-professional doctorate degree in OT in 2017 with a specialty in hand rehabilitation from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Utah.  She has 20 + years clinical experience working primarily with adults with neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, and medically complex conditions.  Currently, she is still an active licensed clinician in a large local healthcare system in Florida and works in inpatient rehab, outpatient, and the acute care/ICU hospital settings.  In February 2021, she transitioned to the Dept of Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in the Tampa Bay Regional Campus as an Assistant Professor in the Entry-level Doctor of OT program.  Her research interests include Neurorehabilitation, Trauma, Implementation Research, Occupational Justice, Health Disparities, and Community and Public Health. 


Speaker: Marsha Shuford OT, OTR/L

Marsha graduated from the University of Florida practiced OT for 43 years concentrating in physical disabilities  and hand therapy. Her leadership roles included Senior Therapist and Director of OT. She is now happily retired but remains active in the field through involvement with FOTA.

Speaker: André Johnson OTS, COTA/L
André is a dedicated client-centered occupational practitioner, who is determined to help the occupational therapy profession and its future potential practitioners (OTs & OTAs) in becoming a solution to the healthcare system and its current limitations. Mr. Johnson's leadership roles in the profession are: FOTA's Leadership Development Chair, AOTA's Commission on Education Chairperson, BROTHAS Vice President, South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus's Secretary, and President of Florida A&M University's Student Occupational Therapy Association. 




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