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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

OT 141 - Level 1A Fieldwork-Research of Community Practice-Psychosocial Focus

Credit Hours: 1

The focus of this fieldwork experience is to develop beginning observational and “therapeutic use of self” skills of the student. With a community and/or psychosocial emphasis, this role-exploring fieldwork encourages the student to identify and describe potential OT roles in innovative settings. Students will be exposed to clients/consumers/patients, staff/professionals, and workplace culture, contributing to the development of professional behaviors.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the meaning and dynamics of occupation and activity, including the interaction of areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, context(s) and environments, and client factors;
  • demonstrate therapeutic use of self, including one’s personality, insights, perceptions, and judgments, as part of the therapeutic process in both individual and group interaction;
  • identify the role and responsibility of the practitioner to advocate for changes in service delivery policies, to effect changes in the system, and to recognize opportunities in emerging practice areas;
  • adhere to safety regulations and medical precautions, as well as demonstrate awareness of the safety of self and others within the community practice setting;
  • demonstrate professionalism in dress, time management, ability to collaborate, receive feedback, communication, and interpersonal skills (including but not limited to cooperation, flexibility, tact, and empathy), when interacting with supervisor, staff, patients/clients, family members, and caregivers;
  • adhere to all facility policies and procedures as well as governmental guidelines that ensure patient/client rights and confidentiality (including, but not limited to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-HIPAA and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act-FERPA) and identify how they connect to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Code of Ethics; and
  • incorporate relevant, evidence-based information from a scholarly report (peer-reviewed journal article) within the course’s Reflection Paper and Poster Presentation to support an intervention observed during fieldwork completion.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into OTA Program
Corequisites: OT 150
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