Conference Information


Fall SIS Conference and Dementia Summit

CONNOTA is proud to partner with LiveWell Dementia Specialists to host a Dementia Summit in conjunction with our Fall SIS Conference!  This Summit is offered through LiveWell’s Administration on Community Living Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative (ACL-ADPI) Grant. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A.M. Session:       Masonicare at Aslar Village - click HERE for map with directions
                              74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford


P.M. Session:         Masonic Health Care Center Main Auditorium (First floor)

                                22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492 - click HERE for Google Map


Keynote Speaker:
Catherine V. Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 Presentation Title:
“Caregiver Readiness to Change: Meeting caregivers where they are in the therapeutic relationship”

Dr. Catherine V. Piersol will present an overview of her research and clinical work utilizing the trans-theoretical model of change in occupational therapy practice. Therapeutic use of self, client-centered, learner-centered approaches, and the caregiver readiness to change are critical elements in effecting meaningful change. Clinicians will immediately apply concepts learned in this session to their respective practice areas.


SATURDAY November 2

7:30 AM-8:00 AM             Registration/ Continental Breakfast/ SIS Roundtables
8:00 AM-8:30 AM             Welcome/Legislative Update (.50 CEU)
8:30 AM-10:00 AM           Keynote Address: Catherine V. Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1.50 CEU) “Caregiver Readiness to Change: Meeting Caregivers Where They Are in the Therapeutic Relationship
10:00 AM-10:30 AM         Break/Networking
10:30 AM-12:00 PM          A.M. Educational Sessions (1.50 CEU): (Select one at time of registration)

  1. Technology: Using the HAAT Model to Guide Assistive Technology Practice. Kimberly Hartmann, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Melissa Olson, M.S. SpEd/AT, OTR/L   
  2. Rehabilitation & Disability: Beyond the Basics: Functional Neurological Treatments for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity. Kari Buck, MS OTR/L & Alexandra Waller, MS OTR/L
  3. Mental Health; Children & Youth:  Social-Emotional Learning, Self-Regulation, and Mental Health in Schools: Reinforcing the Role of OT. Dennis Aptaker OTD, MOT, OTR/L & Amy Burton OTD, OTR/L
  4. Productive Aging and DEMENTIA SUMMIT SESSION 1:  History and development of an evidence-based intervention to promote Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environment (COPE). Catherine V. Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Rick Fortinsky, PhD, Project Partners on LiveWell’s ACL-ADPI Grant
  5. Children & Youth:  Connecticut School Occupational Therapy Community of Practice: A workload approach for school practitioners. Joyce Rioux, Ed.D., OTR/L, SCSS & Sharon M. McCloskey, Ed.D., MBA, OT/L, DipCOT 

12:15 AM-1:00 PM           Lunch (included with full day registration) in Masonic Health Care Main Campus Auditorium*
1:00 PM-4:00 PM             DEMENTIA SUMMIT AFTERNOONS SESSIONS in Masonic Health Care Main Campus Auditorium* (full day registration required)(2.75 CEU)
1:00 PM-2:00 PM             DEMENTIA SUMMIT SESSION 2: Gold Standard Practices in Dementia Care Services (a panel discussion): A Qualitative and Practical Perspective                                          from the Experts Living with Dementia and Clinicians Who Deliver Client-centered Services to Maximize Engagement from Diagnosis to End-of-life.
2:00 PM-2:15 PM             Break/Networking
2:15 PM-3:15 PM             DEMENTIA SUMMIT SESSION 3: COPE Program: Implementation in the Community
3:15 PM-4:00 PM             DEMENTIA SUMMIT SESSION 4: Home-based Memory Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology

Half-Day Registration Information (3.5 CEUs)                                                  
Members: $70.00 early registration, $80.00 after October 26th  
Non-Members: $85.00 early registration, $95.00 after October 26th   
Student Members: $35.00 early registration, $45.00 after October 26th   
Student Non-Members: $45.00 early registration, $50.00 after October 26th  

Full-Day Registration Information (6.25 total CEUs)
Members: $110.00 early registration, $120.00 after October 26th  
Non-Members: $120.00 early reg., $150.00 after October 26th
Student Members: $35.00 early reg., $45.00 after October 26th
Student Non-Members: $60.00 early reg., $80.00 after October 26th  

Register online by October 26, 2019 for the Early Bird Discount.  Registrations received after this date (including on-site registrants on the day of conference) will be charged the regular rates. Cancellations must be received in writing by email by October 29, 2019 to receive a full refund, minus a $20 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made after this date. Online registration closes on November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM.  Please let us know if you require any accommodations.

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Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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2020 Annual Spring Conference

Saturday, March 7, 2020  

Red Lion Hotel 
100 Berlin Rd.
Cromwell, CT,


Call for Papers - click here

Conference Speakers and Session Information to be updated January, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Linda Crawford

Put Your Red Shoes On: Dare to Live, Lead, and Love Brave!

Cultivating Creativity, Compassion, and Courage in Occupational Therapy Practice 


Participants will:

  1. Develop awareness of the concepts of creativity, courage, compassion, metaphor, and meaning making, and their value in occupational therapy practice.
  2. Be challenged to explore personal and cultural barriers to living brave as an occupational therapist including fear, shame, vulnerability, perfectionism, offloading emotions, and unwanted identities.
  3. Be able to identify four personal and professional courage-building skills to enhance the ability to live, lead, and love brave.
  • Administration Track
  • Pediatrics Track
  • Physical Disabilities Track
  • Mental Health Track

Vendor/Sponsorship Opportunities and Descriptions
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ConnOTA Annual Award Nomination Information - click here


Coming January 1st:

Register for Conference - Click here

Conference at a Glance - Click here

Conference Resources - Click here