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Department Of Occupational Therapy

UF OT presented the inaugural Fieldwork Educator Workshop Series

The University of Florida’s Occupational Therapy Department presented the Fieldwork Educator Workshop Series, Educating and Shaping the Next Generation of OTs: How to Bridge the Communication Gap between Fieldwork Educators and their OT Students, in January and February 2021.

Introduction to Community Mobility

The instructors will provide an overview of community mobility, including the discussion of various forms of transportation. Students will learn how community mobility can be applied to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework contexts, performance patterns, and performance skills. Additionally, students will review community mobility concerns by life stage and disability or medical condition. This presentation highlights the Occupational Therapist role as a generalist and specialist in regard to community mobility, including a review of interventions and available resources.

Cultural Competency in Patient-Centered Care

Cultural competence is essential for OTs. In order to provide quality care, we need to individualize our treatment by considering background, values, language, etc.. When we expand our horizons, we are better able to address the needs of our diverse patients.

De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution

In this course, the author provides an overview of conflict resolution. The course includes basics of conflict theory as well a broad understanding of techniques in conflict management and resolution. Healthcare professionals taking the course will learn the importance of de-escalation as well as approaches to conflict within a rehabilitation setting.

The Opioid Epidemic: History and Clinical Implications

In this course, the author provides an overview of opioids. The course includes the main types of opioids and their effects on body systems. Healthcare professionals taking the course will learn the historical context of opioids that have influenced the opioids epidemic as well as implications for clinical practice. This course is well-suited for occupational therapists as well as other professionals who are involved with pain management.

Faculty Spotlight: Christine T Myers, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Myers has been elected to receive the Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has also been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Fellow from the National Academies of Practice in Occupational Therapy.