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General Objectives

Our graduates will:

  • Value human occupation as central to wellness, self-actualization, and a sense of community;
  • Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning;
  • Engage in collaborative relationships that reflect sensitivity to culture and context;
  • Demonstrate a confluence of the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor behaviors that are requisites to providing occupational therapy services within changing practice environments;
  • Incorporate professional values and behaviors that are congruent with the profession's standards and ethics;
  • Manage themselves and their services accountably, efficiently, and effectively;
  • Embrace an attitude of inquiry and a commitment to self-directed and lifelong learning;
  • Value community and professional service as part of good citizenship.

And meet objectives articulated on the Fieldwork Performance Evaluation:

  1. Adhere to ethics: Adhere consistently the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics and the site's policies and procedures including, when relevant, those related to human subject research.
  2. Adhere to safety regulations: Adhere consistently to safety regulations. Anticipate potentially hazardous situations and take steps to prevent accidents.
  3. Use judgment in safety: Use sound judgment in regard to safety of self and others during all fieldwork-related activities.
  4. Clearly and confidently articulate the values and beliefs of the occupational therapy profession to clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
  5. Clearly, confidently, and accurately articulate the value of occupation as a method and desired outcome of occupational therapy to clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
  6. Clearly, confidently, and accurately communicate the roles of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant to clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
  7. Collaborate with client, family, and significant others throughout the occupational therapy process.
  8. Articulate a clear and logical rationale for the evaluation process.
  9. Select relevant screening and assessment methods while considering such factors as client's priorities, context(s), theories, and evidence-based practice.
  10. Determine client's occupational profile and performance through appropriate assessment methods.
  11. Assess client factors and context(s) that support or hinder occupational performance.
  12. Obtain sufficient and necessary information from relevant resources such as client, families, significant others, service providers, and records prior to and during the evaluation process.
  13. Administer assessments in a uniform manner to ensure findings are valid and reliable.
  14. Adjust/modify the assessment procedures based on client's needs, behaviors, and culture.
  15. Interpret evaluation results to determine client's occupational performance strengths and challenges.
  16. Establish an accurate and appropriate plan based o the evaluation results, through integrating multiple factors such as client's priorities, context(s), theories, and evidence-based practice.
  17. Document the results of the evaluation process that demonstrates objective measurement of client's occupational performance.
  18. Articulate a clear and logical rationale for the intervention process.
  19. Utilize evidence from published research and relevant resources to make informed intervention decisions.
  20. Choose occupations that motivate and challenge clients.
  21. Select relevant occupations to facilitate clients meeting established goals.
  22. Implement intervention plans that are client-centered.
  23. Implement intervention plans that are occupation-based.
  24. Modify task approach, occupations, and the environment to maximize client performance.
  25. Update, modify, or terminate the intervention plan based upon careful monitoring of the client's status.
  26. Document client's response to services in a manner that demonstrates the efficacy of interventions.
  27. Demonstrate client's responses to services in a manner that demonstrates the efficacy of interventions.
  28. Demonstrate through practice or discussion the ability to actively collaborate with the occupational therapy assistant.
  29. Demonstrate understanding of the costs and funding related to occupational therapy services at this site.
  30. Accomplish organizational goals by establishing priorities, developing strategies, and meeting deadlines.
  31. Produce the volume of work required in the expected time frame.
  32. Clearly and effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally with clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
  33. Produce clear and accurate documentation according to site requirement.
  34. Render ll written communications legible, using proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  35. Use language appropriate to the recipient of the information, including but not limited to funding agencies and regulatory agencies.
  36. Collaborate with supervisor(s) to maximize the learning experience.
  37. Take responsibility for attaining professional competence by seeking out learning opportunities and interactions with supervisor(s) and others.
  38. Respond constructively to feedback.
  39. Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, and work site maintenance.
  40. Demonstrate effective time management.
  41. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including but not limited to cooperation, flexibility, tact, and empathy.
  42. Demonstrate respect for diversity factors of other including but not limited to socio-cultural, socioeconomic, spiritual, and lifestyle choices.