graduate program: Occupational Therapy

Level One Fieldwork

The Purpose of Level One Fieldwork

The purpose of fieldwork is to provide occupational therapy students with the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge with application skills at progressively higher levels of performance and responsibility. Fieldwork also provides the student with situations in which to practice interpersonal skill with patients/clients and staff and to develop characteristics essential to productive working relationships.

Level I fieldwork is not expected to emphasize independent performance. It is integrated throughout the educational program, and initially provides the student with exposure to clinical practice through observation, progressing with increasing expectations of the student to demonstrate beginning skills in the use of selected evaluation or treatment procedure, gather and organize data; and examine reactions to clients and patients, self, personnel, and the profession.

The focus of the learning experience includes observation, written and verbal communication, professional behavior, and individual and group participation with patients and clients. The fieldwork site provides the opportunity for the following:

1. Basic exposure, observation, and experience with clients and patients served by occupational therapists;
2. Observation and description of treatment, evaluation, and behavior of clients and patients;
3. Recognition and description of treatment, evaluation, and behavior of clients and patients;
4. Recognition and description of conditions and dysfunction;
5. Identification of role functions of the OTR and COTA in various treatment settings.

The student is expected to begin to develop skills and abilities in the following:

1. Demonstrating reliable work habits
2. Establishing meaningful and comfortable relationships with clients and patients
3. Establishing positive working relationships with staff
4. Demonstrating good judgment in seeking assistance, responding to feedback, and conducting himself or herself ethically and with appropriate courtesy and attitudes in patient/client and staff relationships
5. Formulating general therapeutic goals and objectives
6. Communicating in writing clearly, concisely, and professionally
7. Assisting in therapeutic activity process