The Successful Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Student / Edition 1

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The Successful Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Student is a stimulating new book that paves the way to the profession of Occupational Therapy . This book fulfills the needs of all OT and OTA students throughout t heir entire education by fully preparing them for their fieldwork assi gnments. This is an imperative learning tool for all students since al l curriculums include Level I and II fieldwork requirements, ranging f rom the associate's level to a master's program. The Successful Occup ational Therapy Fieldwork Student is the ultimate resource for OT/OTA students and the clinicians that educated them by providing a wealth o f information while allowing for clinical reasoning to occur. This one of a kind book contains unique features that will prove beneficial to students at varying degrees of education.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I would recommend this book to any student preparing to begin fieldwork and I believe it would be an excellent resource for academic and clinical fieldwork educators who are helping students to prepare for entry in the field.”

— Rebecca Leigh Cupps, BS, Divine, Inc.

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Reviewer: Rebecca Leigh Cupps, BS (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: This book is designed to assist occupational therapy students who are preparing to enter the fieldwork component of entry-level preparation. It is a comprehensive guide through every facet of the fieldwork experience, providing answers to questions that may arise along the way.
Purpose: The purpose, as described by the author, is to ease students' transitions through fieldwork expereinces at levels I and II as well as entry into practice. This book could be very beneficial to students in providing information about what to expect when entering the field expereince and could serve to help reduce anxiety about this educational transition. The book successfully meets the author's stated objectives.
Audience: The book is written specifically for occupational therapy students, but I believe that it could benefit fieldwork coordinators and educators by reminding them of the challenges students face in entering new fieldwork settings. Those likely to benefit most are students about to enter into fieldwork, academic fieldwork coordinators and clinical educators working with students as preceptors in clinical settings.
Features: The authors describe the purpose for fieldwork in the preparation of students for entry into practice. The book emphasizes the value of teaching students professional communication and demeanor and describes the importance of fieldwork site selection as it relates to student learning style, interests, and maturity. Strategies are offered to assist students in planning and organizing fieldwork assignments. Authors provide information regarding the possible problems that might arise and offer students and supervisory materials that could be discussed early in the experience. The final chapters inform students what to expect after graduation, including information about national certification examination preparation, resume preparation, and how to prepare for an employment interview. The authors provide stories as examples of fieldwork successes and problems. I found the examples very helpful and entertaining.
Assessment: This is a very useful tool for occupational therapy students. As a student myself, it put my mind at ease about entering level II fieldwork and answered many questions that I had about what to expect. This book will be an excellent resource during my upcoming fieldwork experiences and a guide to enrty in practice. I would recommend this book to any student preparing to begin fieldwork and I believe it would be an excellent resource for academic and clinical fieldwork educators who are helping students to prepare for entry in the field.
From The Critics
Intended for occupational therapy students and the clinicians who educate them, this volume addresses an array of topics that guide the reader from the initial planning steps to the completion of fieldwork, including how to design fieldwork as a supervisor. Includes numerous activities and assignments, along with fieldwork case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556425622
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 409,266
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, earned her OT degree from Eastern Michigan University, her MS in community health from Southern Connecticut State University, and her PhD in adult and vocational education from the University of Connecticut. Currently the chair of OT at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, she is part of a faculty that offers both occupational therapy and occupational therapy assisting degrees. This fieldwork book is her eighth book with SLACK Incorporated. All her writing has been specifically designed to help students succeed in occupational therapy programs. When not busy with academic issues, Karen enjoys creative occupations, such as quilting, photography, and crafting. She volunteers at the local animal shelter. She lives in a 154-year-old house, in constant need of upkeep, with her two cats, Oliver and Laura.

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Table of Contents


Section I Introduction
Chapter 1 Purpose and Process of Fieldwork
Chapter 2 Learning Objectives for the Fieldwork Experience
Chapter 3 Professional Behaviors 

Section II Finding the Right Match
Chapter 4 Learning Styles
Chapter 5 Knowing Yourself
Chapter 6 Choosing the Right Fieldwork Sites
Chapter 7 Getting Organized
Chapter 8 Work All Day, Homework All Evening 

Section III Supervision
Chapter 9 Teams and Teamwork
Chapter 10 Supervision
Chapter 11 Fixing Fieldwork Problems
Chapter 12 Dealing with Withdrawal or Termination 

Section IV Transitions
Chapter 13 Transition Models
Chapter 14 Studying for the NBCOT Exam During Fieldwork
Chapter 15 Developing Your Professional Portfolio
Chapter 16 Writing a Résumé and Interviewing
Chapter 17 Professional Development
Chapter 18 Supervising Your Own Students 

Appendix A Important Contact Information
Appendix B Internet Resources 


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