This course examines topics relevant to current issues in occupational therapy including new developments in practice such as evaluations, treatment techniques, and /or innovations in the delivery of occupational therapy service, legislative issues affecting the profession, occupational therapy management, philosophy, education, and research relevant to the issues discussed.
Relationship to curriculum design
This course utilizes the full learning process of discover, integrate, apply, and reflect as espoused in the curriculum design. The competencies addressed and measured in this course include: communication, ethics, personal growth and context.
- Demonstrate knowledge of global social issues and prevailing health and welfare needs. (B.1.9.)
- Articulate to consumers, potential employers, colleagues, third-party payers, regulatory boards, policymakers, other audiences, and the general public both the unique nature of occupation as viewed by the profession of occupational therapy and the value of occupational to support participation in context(s) for the client. (B.2.3.)
- Understand when and how to use the consultative process with groups, programs, organizations, or communities (B. 5.22)
- Articulate the role and responsibility of the practitioner to address changes in the service delivery policies to effect changes in the system, and to identify opportunities in emerging practice areas. (B.6.4.)
- Articulate the trends in models of service delivery and their potential effect on the practice of occupational therapy, including, but not limited to, medical, educational, community, and social models. (B.6.5.)
- Discuss and justify how the role of a professional is enhanced by knowledge of and involvement in international, national, state, and local occupational therapy associations and related professional associations. (B.9.2.)
- Discuss strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure that practice is consistent with current and accepted standards. (B.9.4.)
- Demonstrate professional advocacy by participating in organizations or agencies promoting the profession (e.g., American Occupational Therapy Association, state occupational therapy associations, advocacy organizations). (B.9.13.)