Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium 24th Annual Clinical Council Day

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Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus (formerly Philadelphia University) Kanbar Campus Center

4201 Henry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Please join us for a FREE Continuing Education Day for OT Fieldwork Educators, sponsored by Austill's Educational Therapy Services.

As a great big "THANK YOU" the Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium is offering a FREE Continuing Education Day for YOU! The event will include continuing education of 6 contact hours with sessions focusing on fieldwork education. Sessions are applicable to both fieldwork educators with years of experience, as well as OTs looking to become fieldwork educators.

It will be held once again at the 'former' Philadelphia University, now Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls Campus. There is FREE parking and the campus is accessible via public transportation. The day includes a light breakfast and a catered luncheon.

Please see below for details. Seating is limited, so please register early!


8:00-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Welcome, Opening Remarks

Austill’s Educational Therapy Services, Sponsor of Clinical Council Day

9:00-11:30 Keynote: Using the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM) in Fieldwork Education

Michelle Voyer, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT Georgetown University Hospital

11:30-11:45 Fieldwork Educator Award

11:45-12:15 Lunch

12:15-12:45 Open Discussion: Current Fieldwork Challenges

Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium Members

1:00-2:15 Breakout Sessions: Round 1 (see below for options)

2:30-3:45 Breakout Sessions: Round 2 (see below for options)

Keynote Session Details:

Dr. Michelle Voyer is our keynote speaker. She is an acute care OT at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and the fieldwork coordinator for the OT department, where she mentors fieldwork educators and fieldwork students. Dr. Voyer developed and implemented the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM) Pilot Program as part of her OTD capstone under the advisement of Jayne Shepherd, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA and Sharon Bradenburger-Shasby, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA at Virginia Commonwealth University. In the presentation Dr. Voyer will share the findings of the pilot program and identify how to use the IRM during the fieldwork process. The IRM concepts, therapeutic modes and inevitable interpersonal events will be reviewed and examples specific to the fieldwork process will be provided. Through interactive activities and guided reflection, participants will learn how to facilitate a fieldwork student’s therapeutic use of self with their clients, clients’ family members, and other multidisciplinary team professionals to promote the client’s occupational engagement.

Break Out Session Details:

Pick two to attend during registration.

A: Emotional Intelligence: Relevance to Student Success – Students’ emotional intelligence can influence their ability to be successful in the classroom and clinical affiliations. Self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, and relationship management are the four basic components of emotional intelligence, which can assist in student achievement. This breakout session is designed to define emotional intelligence and help fieldwork educators to identify the needs of students. Strategies will be discussed to provide useful student recommendations to improve clinical experiences for educators and students. Lastly, case studies will be provided to help synthesize concepts from the session into real life scenarios.

Jennifer Calabrese MOTR Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Stockton University

B: Translating Knowledge into Practice: Why is it So Hard and How can Fieldwork Students Help? - Leaders in OT have long asked, “How do we change practice when we have the evidence?” OT researchers yield volumes of evidence to guide and support best practice, yet integration of evidence into everyday practice must overcome multiple barriers to changing behavior, including productivity requirements, time constraints, and cultural and organizational influences. This session will examine the obstacles and introduce strategies to facilitate knowledge translation through your fieldwork program.

Caryn Johnson, MS, OTR/L FAOTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Megan Strauss, MS, OTR/L Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, University of the Sciences

C: Navigating Perceived Productivity Challenges When Supervising Fieldwork Students – Fieldwork education is a critical component in the development of OT/OTA students’ professional identity, clinical reasoning and clinical skills. Often practitioners interested and willing to supervise a fieldwork student, many perceive productivity goals as a challenges. This session will explore challenges and identify strategies to facilitate fieldwork supervision while maintaining fieldwork site productivity expectations.

Bridget Trivinia OTD, MS, OTR/L Academic Fiieldwork Coordinator, Widener University

Sheila Moyle, OTD, OTR/L Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Temple University

D: Doctoral Capstone: What Can It Do For You? - This presentation will introduce attendees to the benefits of integrating Doctoral Capstone students in clinical settings. A review of relevant terminology and ACOTE Standards, a comparison of Level II Fieldwork and the Doctoral Capstone, and project examples will be provided.

Tracey Recigno, OTD, OTR/L Doctoral Experiential Coordinator, Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences

Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD, OTR/L Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Doctoral Residency Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

E: Value Added Programming in Pediatric Level Fieldwork Placements - This short course will provide suggestions of how Fieldwork Educators can incorporate the knowledge and energy of occupational therapy students to bring added value to pediatric settings. In addition to exposure to traditional OT intervention/evaluation in pediatric settings, OT students can provide programming to a wider audience to provide enriching experiences that promote participation among all children.

Wendy Warner, MS, OT/L Academic Clinical Education Coordinator, OTA program, Jefferson, Bucks County

Mary Beth Thomas, DOT, OTR/L Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the MS in Occupational Therapy Program, Jefferson, East Falls

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Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus (formerly Philadelphia University) Kanbar Campus Center

4201 Henry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

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