Environmental and social barriers to community participation will be explored in detail. Students will become familiar with concepts of universal design and architectural access. They will learn how to assess and adapt community, work and home environments to promote individual performance.
The course will explore the impact of conditions within and surrounding the client, i.e. contexts, and the environment, both physical and social, on meaningful engagement in life occupations. Students will explore the relationship between social and environmental barriers to inclusion and participation for individuals with disabilities. Students will research and use interventions including a wide range of assistive technologies (AT) and environmental adaptations that enhance independent function and participation. Finally, students will identify strategies to transform these barriers through the application of critical thinking, evidence-based research and leadership principles.
The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist. In this first Level II Fieldwork course, students will have the opportunity to integrate core didactic content and previous brief fieldwork experiences in a more intensive format. This experience will require students to apply the occupational therapy process and foster emerging evidence-based critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the context of an in-depth occupational therapy service provision experience.
The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to further develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist. In this second Level II Fieldwork course, students will have the opportunity to integrate advanced didactic content with knowledge and skills from several previous fieldwork experiences. This final clinical experience will require students to demonstrate evidence-based critical thinking and clinical reasoning emphasizing occupational engagement in the context of an in-depth occupational therapy service provision experience.
This course will provide an opportunity for students to process and integrate evidence-based critical thinking and reasoning with clinical experience. Students will demonstrate self-reflection regarding their own professional and personal growth over the course of their academic and clinical professional preparation. We will revisit concepts related to healthcare leadership skills and values, as well as reinforce supports to facilitate the transition to entry-level clinical practitioner and scholar.
This is the third in a three course series that will use research to foster evidence-based critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Building on the project from the previous semester students will prepare a professional written report and a formal scientific oral presentation of findings or outcome. The importance of research to building a professional body of knowledge will be revisited as students are required to highlight the application of their findings to occupational therapy. Furthermore the clinical application of their findings will reinforce the use of evidence to guide clinical thinking and reasoning.
Integrative health considers the dynamic interaction between mind, body, spirit and community. This course focuses on the nature of spirit, as well as its contribution and interaction with health and healthcare. This will be addressed in part through self-reflection and exposure to varied cultural and spiritual belief traditions. Students will develop increased awareness of their own and others values and beliefs with emphasis on the interplay between spirituality, healthcare, well-being, quality of life and meaningful participation in everyday activities.
This course will explore common upper extremity/hand injuries and evidence-based treatment interventions in support of client engagement in meaningful occupations. Study will include a review of anatomy, clinical evaluation of the UE/hand and interventions appropriate to each injury. Content will be presented through a combination of lecture and active, experiential learning with a strong emphasis on student participation, discussion and problem solving to develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Students will be expected to identify, palpate and perform learned techniques on each other and demonstrate competency and mastery of content.
This course explores the impact of central and peripheral neurologically based conditions on performance skills supporting occupational engagement. Students will have the opportunity to explore both formal and informal assessments used in the evaluation of cognitive, perceptual, communication, and motor dysfunction. Evidence-based interventions and rehabilitative approaches for working with clients who have experienced neurologically based conditions will be explored. Integration of previous foundation content with intervention content will require demonstration of emerging critical thinking and clinical reasoning.
This course provides a general overview of basic ergonomic principles and environmental adaptations in the home and work environment. It will describe symptomatology and interventions to promote meaningful engagement in and performance of work related occupations. It emphasizes a client-centered approach and client worldview to develop treatment plans, reflecting current evidence-based literature and best practice concepts.