Our professional association is the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Its mission is to promote the quality of occupational therapy and to represent the interests of OT practitioners and students in the United States. The annual dues are $225 (OT) and $131 (OTA), and you may pay monthly to amortize the fees. There are some discounts available for students and for those who want to join but do not plan to attend many events.
The cost of joining AOTA includes access to all member benefits, which include publications, networking opportunities, and career development resources.
Upon joining, you will receive a copy of the AOTA Code of Ethics, which guides practitioner behavior, and a member ID, which is used for online activities and advancing your profession through seminars and workshops.
In addition to its role as a representative body for occupational therapists, AOTA provides continuing education programs that can help therapists improve their practice. These programs include: courses on specific topics within occupational therapy, such as autism spectrum disorders; workshops that provide information on important issues affecting practitioners' lives and careers; and seminars that bring leading experts in the field together with emerging professionals to discuss the latest research and treatment options.
AOTA also conducts research to develop evidence-based practices for treating patients with occupation-related problems. This research is published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy and is useful for informing practitioner decisions about intervention strategies for specific occupations/problems.
If you wish to join the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, you must be a member of the AOTA (or your country's national organisation). AOTA membership fees are as follows: student-$27, OTA-$30. OTA members can take advantage of reduced fees for training courses and conferences.
There are several ways to become an occupational therapist. You can graduate from an OT program, then work as an occupational therapy assistant for several years before becoming a registered practitioner. In some states, you can get licensed as an occupational therapy assistant directly after graduating from school. In other states, you have to wait until you're about to start your career as an occupational therapist before getting licensed.
Occupational therapists need to earn a degree in order to practice. They provide services that help people with disabilities or injuries return to normal life. To do this, they assess each patient's needs and arrange for any necessary equipment. They may also advise patients on how to change their own behaviors or assist them in finding ways to cope with problems such as pain.
After earning a degree, applicants must pass an exam given by the AOTA. Once approved, candidates will receive a certificate indicating that they have met the requirements for registration. This process usually takes two to three years depending on the number of applications received.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents over 151,000 osteopathic doctors (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, promotes public health, fosters scientific research, and is the principal certifying organization (specialty board certification) for DOs. Certification is required of all DO physicians to show that they are trained in osteopathy. There are three types of certification: diagnostic-related group (DRG), procedure-based, and product-based.
Osteopathy is a science based on your whole person, not just your body. Your osteopath will work with you to identify problems outside of your body that may be causing pain or other symptoms and help you manage them so they don't keep you from enjoying life. They will also teach you proper self-care so you can stay healthy at home, work, and play.
Osteopathy is different from traditional medicine in many ways. Unlike MDs who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of illness, osteopaths look for patterns of movement and muscle spasm in their patients that may indicate other problems beyond just the one presenting symptom. For example, an osteopath might see multiple people with back pain and realize that everyone is carrying something around their waistline that makes moving their spine difficult. Based on this insight, they might suggest that someone wear a belt instead of their usual clothes.
$235 a year, or $19.58 a month With the exception of voting rights, full member benefits are available. Non-Occupational Therapy health organizations and institutions, as well as nonprofit facilities, libraries, and educational programs, are eligible.
A CPTA membership costs only $1.47 per day for a PT and $0.94 per day for a PTA (based on a PT membership of $540 and a PTA membership of $346). This is a modest price to pay to secure your ability to continue practicing physical therapy on a regular basis. When you join, you will be assisting in vital efforts to safeguard the interests of our entire profession.
In addition to paying their annual dues, PTs can also make special donations in support of their local chapters and other appropriate causes. These donations are typically designated for specific purposes such as education or research. Some examples of common donor categories include health care professionals, educators, students, administrators, and others.
Donations may be made by check, credit card (via PayPal), or online banking transfer. For more information on how to donate via these methods, please contact your local chapter.