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Thank you for your submissions.


POTA invites you to share your knowledge and experiences by submitting a proposal to present at the 43rd Annual POTA Conference in October 2019. We welcome and greatly appreciate your submissions at any time until 


Extended to - midnight March 29th, 2019


This year, we are encouraging proposals that engage the audience and would like to welcome alternative presentation styles such as the “campfire session”, “panel discussions”, or other formats that emphasize participation. 

We would also like to encourage (but not require) engagement beyond the limits of the conference by asking presenters to consider hosting an online discussion using our Social Link platform or follow up with a one-hour webinar 6 to 8 weeks after the conference to encourage active dialogue, build a professional community around a specific topic, and support the integration of concepts shared during the presentation.


The Board of Directors has specifically asked us to solicit presentations around the role of occupational therapy related to the opiod epidemic, meeting the challenges of documentation and reimbursement, suicide prevention, and health literacy.


Proposals that meet the submission requirements below will be given priority review using the following criteria:

- Organization (objectives need to be clearly stated, the overall plan needs to be clear, concise and logical)

- Content (the presentation should be based on acceptable concepts of practice, education, research and/or theory)

- Appeal (the presentation should be timely and appeal to the conference participant)

-Writing mechanics (the presentations should follow standard writing conventions)


In the peer review, neither names nor affiliations are provided to the reviewers. All submissions are given equal opportunity, and names of both submitter and reviewer remain anonymous. Written notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be provided at the conclusion of the review process.


1.    To begin your proposal, select one of the following:

o   Clinician Presentation- this presentation is clinician driven and reflects current practice and trends to support the occupational therapy practitioner in meeting the demands of their work.  It may include fieldwork/capstone students as secondary or additional presenters.  It may also include clinicians’ post-professional doctoral capstone projects.

o   Faculty Presentation- this presentation is faculty driven with a focus on the established research agenda and trajectory of the faculty member and may include students who assist in this research. The faculty member must be registered and present for the presentation as the primary presenter.  Any student(s) presenting must be registered and present in order to be listed in the conference guide.

o   Student Presentation- this presentation is student driven whereby the entry-level student comes up with the research question under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. At least one faculty member from the school must be registered for conference and present at the presentation, although faculty are welcome to oversee multiple poster presentations from their academic institution. The student(s) must be present for the presentation and only those faculty/students present and registered for conference will be listed as presenters in the conference guide.


2.    The Primary Speaker is the person to whom all correspondence will be directed. Please be mindful of the email that is provided and make sure that it does not end up in spam.  You will be notified by the email address that you provide.

3.    Secondary & Additional Speakers may be identified and are expected to be registered and present in order to be listed in the conference guide.

4.    Indicate the Credentials as you would like them to appear in the conference guide.

5.    The Email Address provided should be one that will not be prone to spam.  POTA sends out notifications in bulk email and these are susceptible to being directed into spam.  If you do not hear from POTA in the timeframe that you are expecting, please check your spam folder.

6. Session Title should catch the interest of the conference participant and be limited to eight words.

7.    Select one area of Content Focus:

o   Academic, Fieldwork, & Research

o   Advocacy, Leadership, & Management

o   Children & Youth

o   General Practice, Professional Issues, & Emerging Practice

o   Mental Health, Addiction, & Wellness

o   Productive Aging & Geriatrics

o   Rehabilitation

o   Other (please specify):  Use this option for presentations that do not fit into any of the other categories

8.    Select one Session Type from the following appropriate to your presentation:

o   50-minute session

o   1 hour & 50 min. session

o   2 hour & 50 minute session

o   Poster Session

o   Other (use this option for presentations that do not fit into the four other time options)

9.    Select the Level that best represents your presentation and indicate  the rationale for this choice:

o   Novice level is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

o   Intermediate level is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing knowledge and competent application of the subject matter.

o   Advanced level is geared to practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter based on current theories and standards of practice as well as current literature and research. Focus is on recent advances and trends, and/or research applications.


10.    The Abstract is limited to 40 words or less and is intended for the conference guide.

11. The Program Description is a well written, well organized narrative which includes the purpose, intent, methods, and content of the presentation. The Program Description should be 300 words or less and accurately capture the focus of the presentation. References are not included in the 300-word count and will be listed in a separate reference box. No author names or any type of identifying information should appear in the program description

12. Indicate at least three measurable Learning Objectives that participants can be expected to meet during this presentation.  A well written learning objective will identify a behavioral outcome such as “upon completion of this session, participant will be able to describe, identify, compare and contrast, discuss, etc.”

13. Describe the Methodology and presentation ideas for how you plan to actively engage your audience.

14. List three References for your presentation.  It is important that these be current and it is preferable that these be in APA format.

15. Construct a Short Bio about the primary presenter which may be used in the conference guide describing the experience and expertise of this speaker in presenting this information.  With the permission of the presenter, it may be used on Facebook posts.

16. Indicate your willingness to conduct a follow up 1- hour Webinar approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the conference. 

17. Indicate your willingness to moderate an Online Discussion after the conference.


 Important notes

    It is expected that all speakers register for conference in order to be listed in the conference guide as presenters.  Student presenters must have a representative from their school present to oversee their presentation, however one faculty member can oversee multiple poster sessions. Proposals submitted by a student must include a faculty mentor/co-presenter.  Please complete a separate proposal for each individual proposed presentation.

     POTA will provide a screen and LCD projector for presentation sessions but presenters are expected to provide their own laptop computer (plus connection adaptor if using a Mac).  Audio equipment can be provided with advanced request.  Please make this request on your conference proposal under the "special considerations" tab.


Your involvement determines the outstanding professional development opportunities that POTA continues to deliver at the Annual Conference and your submission supports this endeavor. Please accept this invitation to submit your proposal for this Pennsylvania professional educational opportunity.


 If you have any technical questions or concerns with your submission, please e-mail or call




If you have any questions or concerns about the content of your proposal, please e-mail



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