This is a health-related, work-based learning experience in which emphasis is placed on development of professional behaviors, communication skills, and beginning intervention skills within a practice setting. Structured assignments will be focused on identifying supports and barriers to occupational performance within the site’s population, and on identifying strategies and interventions to enhance occupational performance. Students will work directly with clients (adults and/or children) with a variety of diagnoses and needs. Throughout the experience, students will address the psychological and social needs of the site’s population. Students will complete several standardized assessments and develop and lead psychosocially-oriented groups. Students will gain experience with documentation and intervention planning.
Direct supervision will be provided by a qualified professional at the site. FWI provides students with opportunities to apply general skills learned in previous courses and specific skills learned in co-requisite OT courses. An accompanying lab allows students to share and process their experiences as a group and to develop and practice relevant skills.
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