Level II Fieldwork Objectives
The following general objectives for Level II Fieldwork are based on the competency requirements from the AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Student (AOTA, 2002).
Fieldwork sites are to develop site-specific objectives for each of the items included in the AOTA evaluation so that achievement of the objectives will reflect the student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice safely and ethically in the specific practice setting.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
- Adhere to ethical standards, fieldwork facility policies and procedures, and safety regulations.
- Adhere consistently to the AOTA Code of Ethics and fieldwork facility’s policies and procedures, including when relevant, those related to human subject research.
- Adhere consistently to safety regulations, anticipate potentially hazardous situations, and take precautions to prevent accidents.
- Use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others during all fieldwork-related activities.
- Demonstrate competence in articulating and disseminating the basic tenets of the occupational therapy profession.
- Clearly, confidently, and accurately articulate the values and beliefs of the occupational therapy profession and the value of occupation as a method and desired outcome of occupational therapy to clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
- Clearly, confidently, and accurately communicate the roles of the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant to clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public.
- Collaborate with client, family, and significant others throughout the occupational therapy process.
- Demonstrate competence in evaluation and screening.
- Articulate a clear and logical rationale for the evaluation process; select relevant screening and assessment methods based on client’s priorities/contexts, and theories and evidence-based practice; obtain sufficient and necessary information from relevant resources prior to and during the evaluation process.
- Demonstrate skill in administering, adjusting/modifying when necessary, interpreting and reporting results of evaluation procedures orally and/or in written form.
- Establish relevant and appropriate long and short-term treatment goals in collaboration with the client based on evaluation results while taking into consideration the client’s priorities and contexts, and theories and evidence-based practice.
- Demonstrate competence in occupational therapy intervention.
- Demonstrate the ability to articulate a clear and logical rationale for the intervention process, utilize evidence-based practice, choose and select occupations relevant to the client, and implement occupation-based intervention plans that are client-centered.
- Demonstrate an awareness of client’s response to services by modifying task approach, occupations, and the environment to maximize performance; update, modify, or terminate the intervention plan based upon monitoring of client’s status.
- Document client’s response to services in a manner that demonstrates efficacy of interventions.
- Demonstrate competence in managing occupational therapy services.
- Demonstrate the ability to assign appropriate responsibilities to the occupational therapy assistant and/or aide if present at the facility, or through discussion when an OTA and/or aide are not present at the facility.
- Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with the occupational therapy assistant if present at the facility, or through discussion when an OTA is not present at the facility.
- Demonstrate compliance with financially related policies, procedures, and guidelines related to occupational therapy services at the fieldwork facility.
- Produce the volume of work required in the expected time frame as determined by the fieldwork facility.
- Demonstrate use of effective and appropriate communication skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to clearly and effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally with clients, families, significant others, colleagues, service providers, and the public; demonstrate use of language that is appropriate to recipients of information.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce clear, legible, and accurate documentation that contains proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar and is completed in accordance with the fieldwork facility’s policies.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors.
- Demonstrate attributes of professionalism by collaborating with the Fieldwork Educator to maximize the learning experience, taking responsibility for attaining professional competence by seeking out learning opportunities and interactions with Fieldwork Educators and others, and responding constructively to feedback.
- Demonstrate consistent work behaviors including but not limited to initiative, preparedness, dependability, and work site maintenance.
- Demonstrate effective time management.
- Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, cooperation, flexibility, tact, and empathy.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity including, but not limited to, socio-cultural, socioeconomic, spiritual, and lifestyle choices.
Reference: American Occupational Therapy Association (2002). Fieldwork performance evaluation for the occupational therapy student. Bethesda, MD: Author.