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RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DESIGN

"The goal of Level I fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop an understanding of the needs of clients" (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [ACOTE], January, 2012).

The Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program Level I Fieldwork courses are integral to curriculum design and consistent with the educational philosophy. The course sequence and content is developmental, and builds upon previously constructed knowledge. The Level I experiences provide opportunities for students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills which they have learned in the classroom in various practice settings. The Level I course objectives and evaluations are carefully designed with structured learning assignments to enhance didactic coursework and facilitate students' therapeutic use of self and professional development.  The Occupational Therapy Program requires two fieldwork Level I experiences. The course descriptions and objectives are described below.

FIELDWORK LEVEL I DESCRIPTION

Level IA is two week experience in the spring quarter of the student's first year in the Occupational Therapy Program.

Course Description
Fieldwork experience consisting of guided learning experiences in various health care and/or community settings that provides students with direct opportunities to observe and interact with clients engaged in functional living activities that are appropriate for their respective cognitive, psychosocial, and physical stage of development. Observational and therapeutic interact skills are emphasized.

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

  1. Use sound judgment in regard to safety of self and others, and adhere to safety regulations throughout the occupational therapy process as appropriate to the setting and scope of practice (ACOTE Standard B.2.8).
  2. 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 (ACOTE Standard B.5.7).
  3. Effectively interact through written, oral, and nonverbal communication with the client, family, significant others, colleagues, other health providers, and the public in a professionally acceptable manner (ACOTE Standard B.5.20).

Level I-Community is a 0.5 credit faculty mentored community experience that students participate in during their second year in the Occupational Therapy Program.

Course Description
Fieldwork Experience consisting of guided learning experiences in various community settings that provide students with specific opportunities to observe and interact with individuals for whom the focus is the psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation. Observation, evaluation, and documentation skills are emphasized.

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

  1. 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 (ACOTE Standard B.5.7).
  2. Develop and promote the use of approprate home and community programmming to suppot performantce in the client's environment and participation in all conteexts relevant to the client (ACOTE standard B.5.17).
  3. Effectively interact through written, oral, and nonverbal communication with the client, family, significant others, colleagues, other health providers, and the public in a professionally acceptable manner (ACOTE Standard B.5.20).

EVALUATIONS:

  1. The Level I A Fieldwork Student Evaluation is sent to the Fieldwork Coordinator. A copy is also located in the Resource section of the Fieldwork Manual.
  2. The Student Evaluation of Level I Experience is provided to each student. A copy is also located in the Resource section of the Fieldwork Manual.

Both evaluations need to be completed and signed by both the fieldwork educator and the fieldwork student. The student is required to turn in the evaluations to the fieldwork office on the first day of classes following the fieldwork experience.


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