I remember learning about this vacant position from a colleague and thinking, a position on the state practice board would be an interesting new experience—what exactly would my role be? There was this curiosity to learn more about the work of the state regulatory board and how their roles/responsibilities can impact occupational therapy practice within my home state.
Participating on the practice board provided me with a very different view—a view of safety for the consumer as it relates to the competence of the clinician providing occupational therapy services. It was an opportunity to learn a different perspective of the profession, different than the therapist-client relationship, rather, the regulator-therapist relationship. It wasn’t just a matter of approving licenses and continuing education, it was taking steps to safeguard the welfare of those consumers receiving occupational therapy services in my state. I learned so much from this volunteer leadership position and am thankful for the new lens that this experience provided.
Be sure to check out Part 1 of My Volunteer Leadership Journey: 
Part 1: SOTA President   
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