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On February 29, 2020 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences hosted the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Conference (NCOTA). This annual conference gives occupational therapy practitioners and students the opportunity to network with other practitioners across the state, as well as, provide continuing education opportunities.

“Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to share and promote our college and Masters in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs, but it allows us to teach students what it requires to organize and carry out a large professional event,” said Nancy Green, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Chair.

Ninety-seven individuals attended the conference including 12 Cabarrus College students, five NCOTA board members and Josh Rangel from Atrium Health Human Resources to discuss employment opportunities.

Two Cabarrus College, Occupational Therapy Assistant faculty were presenters: Christa Gallie-Wiess MS OTR/L MS, OTR/L, CAPS, RYT 500, CA, HTP-A presented Yoga at Work and Katrina Larrison MS, OTR/L, RYT-200, taught, Mindfulness; A Tool for Self-Care and an Approach to Healthy Living.

"In its 2025 Vision, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) charges the profession and its practitioners with maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life for all (AOTA, 2017).  To see this vision through with the clients and populations we serve, OT professionals must first apply it to ourselves.  With self-care being identified as the number one preventative for burnout, it is the logical foundation upon which to build a healthy, fulfilling, and sustainable practice.,” said Katrina Larrison.

“In taking care of ourselves, we are better equipped to manage the stress of working in a giving profession, more capable of utilizing our bodies, minds, and experiences as therapeutic tools, and more authentic in modelling health and well-being for our clients.”

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