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NHOTA Communities of Practice - May

  • 9 May 2023
  • 7:00 PM


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NHOTA launches Communities of Practice (CoP) group meetings!

NHOTA invites you to join us (from the comfort of your own home) on 05/9/2023 for our Communities of Practice. All are welcome to attend.  NHOTA members earn CUEs !!! (Not a member? ASK US HOW!!) 

Title for the talk: Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice

This talk will address:

  • Why it hard to integrate research into clinical practice
  • Change models: How do we adjust our behavior and clinical practice when confronted with new information?
  • Research paradigms and modifications to the level of evidence pyramid
  • Knowledge translation and the participatory action model of research in OT 

Paul Bonzani, Clinical Associate Professor at UNH has graciously agreed to be our guest speaker at the May 9 COP.  He has been an OT for 43 years: His last clinical position was the lead hand therapy position at Concord Hospital. However, in 2015, I pursued a career to switch to academia and became an assistant clinical professor at UNH. I completed my post-professional OTD at Creighton University in 2020. I now teach the biological science courses in the OT curricula. 

What is a community of practice? (CoP)

A community of practice is a group of like-minded people “who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis” (Wenger et al., 2002, p. 4.).

What can you expect?

We envision the NHOTA CoPs to be an ongoing dynamic group of Occupational Therapy professionals who meet regularly with the intent of advancing their professional knowledge. The result will be a group of therapists, and future therapists, who are committed to networking, sharing ideas, problem solving, and growing as professionals while promoting the profession of Occupational Therapy. The focus of our time together will be on learning within a social environment. Our goal is that all attendees will feel empowered to share their experiences, ask questions and learn from others who practice within similar areas.   

Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. M. (2002). Seven principles for cultivating communities of practice. Cultivating Communities of Practice: a guide to managing knowledge4.

Communities of Practice Manual (Powerpoint). Aota.org. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2023, from https://www.aota.org/community/communities-of-practice

Members can earn CEUs with this event- preregistration is required to receive the zoom link. 


The mission of the New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association is to advance the practice of occupational therapy in our state. We will accomplish this mission by supporting OT practitioners with education, mentorship opportunities, and fostering communities.  We will advocate for the profession's growth and quality at the local, state, and national level. NHOTA will raise awareness an educate the public on the unique contributions of occupational therapy.

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