This third (of 3) level I fieldwork experiences emphasizes higher level management and leadership skills, including program development, advocacy, and consultation. Students learn about community agencies, population and organizational needs, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in community-based settings. The experience takes place in community-based settings with consumers who experience some type of psycho-social impairment(s) that impacts (or has the potential to impact) their occupational performance.
The syllabus for this fieldwork course is provided below (OTH 644). While participating in this fieldwork experience, the students are concurrently enrolled in Mental Health and Occupational Performance and Professional Leadership & Management. This combination of coursework provides the student with both clinically and managerially related knowledge and insight that enables them to identify issues that are impacting client performance as well as providing a framework for program planning and implementation.
In addition to the time that the students spend in the fieldwork setting, they also participate in a weekly meeting with an occupational therapist who serves as the project mentor. During this time, students reflect on and discuss their fieldwork experiences and their ideas for program development. This exchange provides the students with the opportunity to articulate and process their experience with guidance from the project mentor.
The assignments for this experience are outlined below. These include:
Organizational Agency Profile: A comprehensive review and analysis of the organization including (but not limited to) the: organizational mission, population served, services provided, funding, public relations & marketing, and managerial structure. Students use this occupational profile as a basis for their programs.
Program Plan: Following the implementation & analysis of a Needs Assessment, students develop and implement sessions designed to enhance occupational performance, minimize occupational disruption and deprivation, and maximize quality of life for participants.