Supervision and placement requirements
The Queensland Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative completed an excellent suite of resources outlining all of the needs for an OT placement, from preparing for placement, orientation, timetabling of placements, supervision and student tutorials, right through to the evaluation of placements.
There are even specialised sections on placement grants, student placements in private practice and student placements in the mental health setting. Definitely worth running through this website if you are commencing your first placement, need to troubleshoot, or if you facing some difficulty with the student placement for the first time.
University Student Handbooks
Each university has their own student handbook which includes comprehensive step by step information regarding the degree outline, placement requirements, expected learning outcomes, trouble shooting and contact people. James Cook University have an excellent example of the student handbook. Be sure to obtain a copy from the relevant university prior to the student commencing placement so you are aware of any specific expectations.
The Spef-R© is the nationally recognised assessment tool for Occupational Therapy clinical placements. It is a licensed tool, although all Universities organising student placements will provide you with access to the assessment tool. The University of Queensland has an online learning module utilised to gain a deeper understanding of implementing the Spef-R©.
Clinical Supervision Support
The Health Workforce Australia project Clinical Supervision Support compiled an OT specific online learning module. It is no cost and an online login is required. The module includes an overview of clinical supervision within occupational therapy including supervision models, learning opportunities for supervisors and the most commonly used assessment within occupational therapy practice, an OT clinical educator’s first hand experiences and a case study to work through.
Specific OT skills
It can be difficult to guide a student from theories learnt at university into clinical practice and yet this is integral in setting up their future role as an Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapy Clinical Educators work in a range of settings with students who have a variety of experience. It is important to reflect upon the ‘grass roots’ of Occupational Therapy whenever embarking on the learning journey with a student as you help them transition from the university environment to the workplace.
Consider the topics below:
For the student
Occupational Therapy Competencies Australia has a fantastic range of interactive learning modules to guide a novice student through to competent graduate learning of OT specific skills. Below are some other areas identified as a potential start point by Occupational Therapy Clinical Educators to assist their students with placement.
Occupational Therapy Topics