FWE – OT Student Communication – Part 1: Emotionally Intelligent Learning


Becky A Piazza

Becky A Piazza OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR

Clinical Assistant Professor

Becky Piazza, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Occupational Therapy, having previously worked as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) and Clinical Instructor at the University of St. Augustine’s Florida St. Augustine campus (2019-2020). Becky previously served as the Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy and Recreational Therapy at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital (2002-2019) and was the lead occupational therapist for the UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases multidisciplinary concussion clinic (2018 – 2020). She served as the Florida representative to AOTA’s Representative Assembly (2015-2017) and as the Region 3 Regional Representative for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (2013 – 2015). Becky coordinated the North Central Florida Occupational Therapy Forum from 2012 – 2017 and founded the Annual Speed Dating with an OT event. Becky specializes in adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has been a practicing occupational therapist within adult physical dysfunction since graduating from UF in 2001. She received her post professional master’s degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in 2014 and her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Chatham University in 2018. Becky received the 2013 Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium’s Outstanding Fieldwork Educator of the Year award, the 2014 Florida Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Recognition, was granted board certification in physical rehab through AOTA in 2016 and received the 2019 University of Florida Occupational Therapy Sandra Edwards Colloquium Outstanding Clinical Contributions Award and the 2019 University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy Outstanding Alumni Award.


Sherry L Bredy

Occup Therapist

This 3-part series will address the Fieldwork Educator (FWE) and fieldwork student relationship throughout the level II experience and how this can either facilitate or hinder the learning experience. Through moderated discussion and Q&A with a diverse panel of fieldwork educators across various clinical practice settings, participants will gain insights on best practices for student-centered communication and learning while optimizing client-centered care.

Target Audience

This course is well suited for occupational therapy fieldwork coordinators and fieldwork educators as well as other occupational therapists interested in supervising students.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify different learning and teaching styles to facilitate the best learning environment for you and your student.
  • Recognize the cues to guide your student towards entry-level success and confidence throughout the fieldwork experience.
  • Relate emotional competence with self-reflective learning for the fieldwork educator and student.

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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