Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is re-opened.

Dear colleagues,

We would like to welcome you to submit an abstract to the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2021 to be held in September 15–18, 2021 in Prague.

The conference theme ‘Occupational Therapy Europe – building resilience in individuals, communities and countries’ reflects the increasing prevalence of resilience in many aspects of society.

From an individual perspective resilience can be seen as: The ability for an individual to overcome trauma or a major life changing event while maintaining a defined, stable trajectory of healthy functioning (1) Overcoming an event could be shown in emotional, cognitive-behavioural, social and or physical resilience (2) This could be measured by an individual’s maintaining his or her life roles and occupational demands.

Community resilience is a process linking a set of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance, where a positive trajectory manifests in improved community wellbeing (3). As such, community resilience is focussed on improving community wellbeing in both the short and longer term, which emphasises the active and future oriented nature of community resilience. This active nature of community resilience means that it encompasses community actions and community processes" (4).

National resilience addresses the issue of the society’s sustainability and strength in several diverse realms. Four main social components have been attributed to national resilience: patriotism, optimism, social integration, and trust in political and public institutions (5).

Although as above it could be defined differently in the context of individuals, families, societies and cul­tures, we could see it as an umbrella term describing the range of personal protective factors, envi­ron­men­tal supports and resources, as well as self-regulatory processes, engaged in response to adversity.

Resilience building has always been a part of occupational therapy practice but might not always be recognised or named as such. Occupational therapy has a lot to add to the art and science of resilience and to how individuals, families and communities can improve their abilities to adapt and respond positively to life stressors.

Reflecting the variety of resilience the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2021 aims to:

We welcome abstract submissions that represent the understanding resilience from an occupational therapy perspective, as well as those that present resilience models and its challenges from interdisciplinary point of view.

We invite you to submit an abstract for oral, poster or workshop presentations. The deadline for abstract submission was extended till January 15, 2021.

Simply read the full guideline for authors and submit your abstract, via Exordo.


Program Highlights: Keynote Speakers (confirmed)

Among our Keynote Speakers for the COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2021 will be:

Josh Cameron, PhD, Resilience Research Centre, Brighton University, UK
Dr Josh Cameron is principal lecturer and member of the university's research centre of excellence - the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. He worked as an occupational therapist in adult mental health services before becoming a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of Brighton. Resilience is a central area of his research. He became interested in resilience while researching the return-to-work experiences of workers with mental health problems for his PhD. This research found that resilience arose from a combination of internal and external factors and found that this understanding of resilience can help explain how people can be supported to return to work in a sustainable manner that respects their well-being.

Dr. Christine Chapparo, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Christine Chapparo is a senior lecturer/researcher and course director at the school of occupational therapy, University of Sydney Australia. She performed her PhD in clinical reasoning of occupational therapists at Macquarie Australia. Dr. Chapparo’s research has included occupational therapy theory development, ecological assessment of cognitive strategy application, effect of strategies to improve school performance of children with sensory processing and learning disorders, understanding resilience in traumatized children, and the impact of orthotic, casting and physical guidance interventions on upper limb and hand function. She received awards for excellent teaching and post-graduate supervision excellence, executed invited keynote lectures at national and international congresses, and teaches the PRPP assessment and intervention courses internationally. She is the founder of many occupational therapy models and practices including the Occupational Performance Model Australia, The Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform system of task analyses and intervention.

Professor Maud Graff, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Professor Maud Graff’s is professor in occupational therapy. Her research line is on methodologically sound development, implementation and evaluation of person-centered occupational therapy and interdisciplinary psychosocial, allied healthcare and rehabilitation interventions. Her research has a specific focus on people with a combination of mental, physical and social problems, such as frail older people, people with dementia, with Parkinson’s disease and people with other chronic diseases (person’s perspective), their informal caregivers (family perspective) and the quality of care delivery (professional perspective) in hospital, rehabilitation/nursing home, outpatient and primary care (organizational/network perspective). Interventions are directed on improving clients’ and caregivers’ autonomy, self-management, and participation in meaningful activities to improve their quality of life and health. She is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK (since 2015).

Professor Pat McKee, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada
Pat McKee is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto where, for 27 years, she taught anatomy, hand therapy, biomechanics, orthotics (splinting), ergonomics and occupational therapy for musculoskeletal conditions to students and therapists. Pat was the 2013 honoured hand therapist at the Philadelphia Hand Meeting; invited international hand therapist at the 2014 Brazilian Congress of Hand Surgery; 2015 keynote speaker at the European Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy meeting; and an invited instructor at the 2016 IFSHT Congress. She co-authored the textbook Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including one in the upcoming 7th edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity entitled Client-centered Bio-occupational Framework for Orthotic Intervention. In 2011, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists gave Pat the annual award for Innovative Practice and in 2014 awarded her their Life Membership Award. Pat was the recipient of the CSHT Lifetime Membership Award in 2016. In recent years, she has collaborated with Anne Agur, anatomy professor at UofT to develop educational media called the Anatomy Glove Learning System, which is now being used by hand therapists and university instructors in 28 countries world. Pat McKee is invited to share her experienced perspective on promoting resilience in the individual client in OT practice.

Mgr. Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová
Mgr. Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová is occupational therapist and supervisor working in the field of mental health care. She has experience with work in training club for people with mental illness and is a leader in community mental health care service in Prague. She works as a supervisor and consultant for therapists and teams in social and health care services. Since 2016 is a coach in Train the Trainer Model CARe. She participates in building the recovery and resilience in mental health practice in the Czech Republic.


On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committees

Ursula Gubler-Thomann (ENOTHE Treasurer)
Soemitro Poerbodipoero (Vice President ENOTHE)
Anu Söderström (COTEC Vice President Administration)

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