University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Resources For Fieldwork Educators

USC Academic Fieldwork Team

Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer, O.T.D., OTR/L
Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education (Adult Physical Rehabilitation)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Phone: (323) 442-2857
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Carey Sokol Carey Sokol, M.A., OTR/L
Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education (Mental Health)
Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Phone: (323) 442-3550
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Karen Park Karen Park, O.T.D., OTR/L, SWC, CLE
Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education (Pediatrics)
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Phone: (323) 442-1269
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Joan Vartanian Joan Vartanian, OTR/L
Fieldwork Contract and Prerequisite Administrator
Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Phone: (323) 442-1851
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PlaceholderJane Baumgarten, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Administrator
Phone: (323) 442-4824
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***Upcoming Fieldwork Educator Workshop***

April 25 and 26, 2014, at Keck Hospital of USC (Los Angeles, CA)
For more information, please contact Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer at (323) 442-2857 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Resources for Developing or Enhancing a Fieldwork Program from the American Occupational Therapy Association

Level I Fieldwork Description & Resources

Level I Fieldwork refers to practice experiences embedded in academic coursework and includes observation and beginning hands-on experience with clients under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist or other healthcare practitioner or professional. Level I fieldwork emphasizes the development of professional presence and skills and the beginning integration of didactic learning and practice experiences.

Level II Fieldwork Description & Resources

The Level II Fieldwork experience within the University of Southern California occupational therapy professional program is an integral part of the application of the conceptual model to occupational therapy practice situations. Level II fieldwork is when students organize previously learned basic knowledge and synthesizes and applies this knowledge to the Systems Model of the Human as an occupational being within the practice environment.

Additional Fieldwork Education Resources

AOTA Resources

General Fieldwork Experiences & Tips

Fieldwork Books

  • Napier-Tibere, B., & Haroun, L. (2004). Occupational therapy fieldwork survival guide: A student planner. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.
  • Sladyk, K. (2002). The successful occupational therapy fieldwork student. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

Professionalism

  • Fischer, K. (2005). Professional behaviors as a foundation for fieldwork. OT Practice, 11(4), 10, 12.

Clinical Reasoning

  • Coster, W., & Schwartz, L. (2004, June). Facilitating transfer of evidence-based practice into practice. Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 1-3. http://www1.aota.org/SISQuarterlies/EDJUNE04.pdf
  • Crist, P. A. (1995, April, 24). Students, it takes more than clinical skills to succeed. Advance for Occupational Therapists, 5.
  • Kramer, P. (1993). Questions (but no answers) about clinical reasoning and student supervision. Education Special Interest Section Newsletter, 4, 6.
  • Neistadt, M. E. (1996). Teaching strategies for the development of clinical reasoning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50, 676-684. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/50/8/676.full.pdf
  • Rogers, J. C. (1982). Teaching clinical reasoning for practice in geriatrics. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 1, 29-37. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/J148V01N03_02
  • Schwartz, K. B. (1991). Clinical reasoning and new ideas on intelligence: Implications for teaching and learning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45, 1033-1037. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/45/11/1033.full.pdf
  • Stube, J., & Jedlicka, J. S. (2007). The acquisition and integration of evidence-based practice concepts by occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 53-61. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/61/1/53.full.pdf

Fieldwork Challenges

  • Costa, D. (2008, Nov. 3). Fieldwork issues: Fieldwork tutorial. OT Practice, 11, 24.
  • Everly, J. S., Poff, D. W., Lamport, N., Hamant, C., & Alvey, G. (1994). Perceived stressors and coping strategies of occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48, 1022-1028. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/48/11/1022.full.pdf
  • Gutman, S. A., McCreedy, P., & Heisler, P. (1998). Student level II fieldwork failure: Strategies for intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52, 143-149. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/52/2/143.full.pdf
  • Kyler-Hutchison, P. (1994, October 13). Fear of Failure. OT Week, 256-257.
  • Mitchell, M. M., & Kampfe, C. M. (1990). Coping strategies used by occupational therapy students during fieldwork: An exploratory study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44, 543-550. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/44/6/543.full.pdf

Resources for Transitioning from Fieldwork to Worker

  • Crowe, M. J., & Mackenzie, L. (2002). The influence of fieldwork on the preferred future practice areas of final year occupational therapy students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 49, 25-36. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.0045-0766.2001.00276.x/pdf
  • Evenson, M. (2009). Fieldwork: The transition from student to professional. In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. Schell (eds.) Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Mulholland, S., & Derdall, M. (2004). Exploring what employers seek when hiring occupational therapists. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 223-229. http://cjo.sagepub.com/content/71/4/223.full.pdf
  • Tryssenaar, J., & Perkins, J. (2001). From student to therapist: Exploring the first year of practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 19-27. http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/55/1/19.full.pdf

Other Articles (AOTA Membership Required to Access)

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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org

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