Unique Features of the Program

Flip classroom

Many courses throughout the program will be taught using a “flipped class” pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Students will be responsible for watching a number of short video lectures prior to class each week allowing in-class time to be devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. This format requires students to be active learners promoting student engagement, student responsibility and independence, critical thinking and analysis. The notion of a flipped classroom utilizes technology through a hybrid course design, and course podcasting. The value of a flipped class is in the repurposing of class time into an environment where students can inquire about lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities. During class sessions, the instructor functions as a coach or advisor, encouraging students in individual inquiry and collaborative effort. Students MUST be prepared and be actively engage in every class.


Every course has a FW component

In each of the didactic semesters of the program, the FW Seminar course will be the conduit that connects and strengthens the didactic coursework with the Level I Fieldwork experiences. The AFWC, in collaboration with the other faculty, will design case-studies and other learning experiences to be used to facilitate clinical reasoning processes and enhance client-centered, occupation-based practice. The students will also have the opportunity in the FW Seminars to analyze and discuss their experiences in the clinics and relate them to what they have learned in the didactic courses.

1st Semester: The main focus this semester is for the students to gain understanding of the definition and complexities of occupation through the use of case-study analyses. The students will reflect on the didactic courses and apply their understanding of occupation, task analysis, and considerations of culture to the FW component. This seminar will also introduce the idea of professional development including professional socialization and therapeutic use of self. Readings, seminar discussions, peer discussions and assignments will facilitate identifying and incorporating these concepts into the FW experience. Students will discuss and compare their experiences with the rest of their group.

FW population: A variety of placement will be utilized for this FW including in-pt and out-patient, children and adults.

2nd Semester: The main focus this semester will be on integrating the use of scholarly literature and occupation based theories and theoretical models the students learned about in the didactic courses into their FW experience. Through class discussion, self-directed and collaborative learning activities the students will utilize the OT process including   assessment and intervention primarily focusing on pediatrics cases that come from their Level I FW experiences. The students will incorporate the use of technology and environmental modifications from the didactic courses this semester into their intervention planning. Students will be expected to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and evidence based, client-centered, occupation-based practice. Students will continue to work on professional development through initiating a professional portfolio.

FW Population: Placement will focus primarily on pediatric facilities including in-pt hospital settings, out-pt clinics, and EI.                                                                                                                                    

3rd Semester: The main focus this semester will be on applying the OT process with individuals with mental health issues and incorporating theories of group dynamics learned in the didactic courses into the FW I experience through the use of case-studies and other service learning activities. The students will continue with professional development through the portfolio project.

Fieldwork Population: All students will participate in a FW placement focusing on mental health issues. Placements will include in-patient psych units, out-patient psych clinics, as well as community settings such as day treatment programs, homeless shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and sheltered workshops. FW supervisors may include OTs, social workers, nurses, councilors, teachers, or other trained professionals.

4th Semester: The main focus this semester will be the application of the OT process in community based practice environments that the students are participating in through their Level I FW experience. The students will apply concepts from their inter-professional service delivery and management courses through seminar discussions, peer discussions and assignments. Students will complete and display their professional portfolio. This seminar will also help the students prepare for their Level II FW experience by reviewing the FW Manual, FW requirements and expectations and assignments.

Fieldwork Population: This semester the students will have experiences in community based practice. For students who had in-patient psych FW in the 3rd semester, they will be assured community based settings for their 4th FW. Students will be placed in a variety of settings that span all ages and stages of life. Including schools, boys and girls clubs, vocational workshops, SNFs, geriatric day –care centers, assisted living facilities and home-health with visiting nurses.