I am Bethan Collins and am currently an OT academic in the University of Liverpool in the UK. Prior to that, I was in Bournemouth (UK) and before that I taught in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
I teach across the curriculum and my areas of particular interest in terms of the curriculum are around OT theory, research and disability studies. In terms of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, I am really interested in aspects of student engagement, group-work and how to construct curricula to really equip students with the thinking skills needed for our wonderful profession!
I think it Is great to have a forum about OT education and I look forward to reading interesting information!
I'm Lisa Brown and I'm an OT in Manchester, UK in Mental Health. I am also a practice education facilitator in my trust responsible for the AHP placements in our trust. We teach some inter-professional learning sessions to students whilst they are on placement and I have a general interest in OT education, hoping to get some lecturing experience in the future.
Hello, I'm an OT of Colombia and professor at the National University of the same country.
In addition, I am a mother and I am interested in addressing issues of quality of higher education in relation to teaching and learning processes in OT. I am currently doing my doctoral thesis on these topics.
Through the forum OTION I would like to interact with teachers OT related to these issues.
Thank you for this initiative.
Kia ora (hello). I am an occupational therapy academic at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. I teach undergraduate occupational therapy students about occupation (1st year students) and about enabling change (3rd year students) and I teach and supervise postgraduate/post qualified students interested in mental health. I am interested in researching more about employment and mental health, particularly with a preventative/primary health focus and how to support people with mild to moderate mental health issues to stay in work. I chair an ethics committee and I am a Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. Kirk.
Hi Everyone- my name is Eileen Scanlon and I recently accepted an academic position at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware /United States. (This is the first program in the state of Delaware) . I first became interested in OT practice in other countries when completing my MBA. I am a certified hand therapist and read about a high volume of hand injuries due to old farming equipment in other countries and a very limited number of specialist. I am studying for my OTD at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and plan to concentrate my studies on long distance teaching to regions that do not have mentors for specialized practices including hand therapy and pediatrics.
I look forward to collaborating using this forum.
My name is Vikas Sharma. Currently, I am a full time Masters in occupational therapy/occupational assistant instructor at Stanbridge College, California. I have been in the field for more that 22 years since I graduated from OT program back in 1994. I am a year old in the field of teaching and before that I was working as a director of rehabilitation and also as a clinician in different nursing facilities here in California for the most part. I want to exchange views on how in different countries what models of practice occupational therapists are using as practitioners, and what teaching methodologies they use for enhancing students' learning? I am excited to be a part of these discussions!
Hi all! I am Pauline Martinez, a faculty of Department of Occupational Therapy in the University of the Philippines Manila. Right now, I am the course coordinator of OT 122: Occupational Therapy Theory. For our class learning activity, we are planning to launch an online forum using OTION for our students to be able to gain different perspectives from other local and international OT students about their experience as an OT Student. We would like to open a facilitated sharing of stories and experiences so we can help the students understand and value the importance of occupations and the interplay of the PEO factors.
However, one anticipated problem with this activity will be the few number of responses from students.
It will be good if one or more schools can collaborate with us and encourage (or require) their students to join. This can be a big help to further enrich the exchange of ideas.
For more details about this, you are more than welcome to email me thru firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope we can collaborate and help our students appreciate a global context of the OT student role.
Thank you all for your enthusiastic participation in the new education forum! I am very excited to see all of the great ideas and questions that are being posed on this forum. Thank you for contributing your innovative ideas to our profession. Keep it up!
All the Best,
escanlon wroteHi Everyone- my name is Eileen Scanlon and I recently accepted an academic position at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware /United States. (This is the first program in the state of Delaware) . I first became interested in OT practice in other countries when completing my MBA. I am a certified hand therapist and read about a high volume of hand injuries due to old farming equipment in other countries and a very limited number of specialist. I am studying for my OTD at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and plan to concentrate my studies on long distance teaching to regions that do not have mentors for specialized practices including hand therapy and pediatrics.
I look forward to collaborating using this forum.
Hello Eileen. (Excuse my English)
I love everything about hand therapy, but do not have much information. I find very interesting your plan, I hope you can make!!
I am currently seeking a university which offers a Master's program which focuses on OT in international contexts, specifically those lacking in resources. Can anyone offer any suggestions for which universities/supervisors offers research in this general area, please?
Thanks for your post. I cannot think of any program off hand but I will keep my eyes open. In my PhD work, I am studying OT education in places where there are fewer resources and where OT is an emerging profession. So, if you find anything, please let me know too! Are you specifically thinking about practicing in another country? I'm curious to hear more about your interests!
All the best,
BillRoberts , I would like to hear more about your research - it sounds very interesting.
Are you finding that humanities can be valuable in occupational therapy education? I am finding that biographies, fiction, poetry, visual art, drama, dance and other humanities prompt thoughtful discussion about occupation, culture and human experience. I would love to hear experiences and ideas about using arts and humanities in OT education.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- USA
Hello, I am Ebrar from Turkey. I graduated in Bachelor's Degree of Occupational Therapy in 2019. OT is a new profession in Turkey. It has been here for 10 years. It is not known job. I studied at a private university. Some of my friends work in Sensory Integration at Rehabilitation Centers. Some people who graduated work as government official in Neurology, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry, Pediatry, Substance Dependence and Geriatry areas at hospitals, community mental health centers, old age asylums. Some Physiotherapists found the subject in Turkey. And we don't have enough lecturers. There are few Master programmes. It is not easy to find a job. But OT is getting to become known slowly. In addition, bacheolar's degree of OT programmes are increasing at universities especially private universities each year. So I graduated but I feel insufficient. Sometimes I feel upset.. Nice to see OTs here. Greetings from Istanbul, Turkey!
Hola a todos. Mi nombre es Sandra Westman. Soy Terapista Ocupacional en Argentina y docente de T.O. Mi área de trabajo en la docencia es Salud mental y me interesaría conocer cómo la pandemia por COVID-19 ha afectado la realización de las practicas en vuestros lugares.
Hello everyone, my name is Matty van Niekerk, I have been working at the University of the Witwatersrand (also known as Wits) in South Africa for 13 years as a lecturer. We have an entry-level 4-year occupational therapy degree. Wits is the oldest occupational therapy training programme in Africa. We turn 80 in 2023. We are one of 8 training programmes in South Africa.
Good morning WFOT myself an community health specialist ,training undergraduates students at the same time we get opportunity to screen different occupational groups. i like to have trainings in screening and identification ,and health education of different laborers . Is there any trainings courses free of cost. Is there any online degree in occupational health.
Dear colleagues. I am Eliana Parra, I am an OT teacher in Colombia. Today I want to share with you the launching of my book, Latin American Narratives on Occupational Therapy training, which is the result of my meritorious doctoral thesis.
Date: **Tuesday, December 6, 2022**
Time: 2:30 pm Colombian time
Type of event: Keynote lecture.
Duration: 30 minutes
Modality: in person, with transmission through the Youtube channel of Editorial UNAL.
I am waiting for you!
Hello I am Fanny Cruz Occupational Therapist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am a teacher of Occupational Therapy at the University of San Martin. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in education. I would like to know what kind of didactics or approaches do we teachers use in the classroom?
Thank you very much for this space.
FannySusanaCruz Hola Fanny. Espero te encuentres muy bien. Mi nombre es Eliana Parra, soy profesora de TO de una universidad en Colombia. Es un gusto que te intereses por los temas de la formación de los TOs. La didáctica es un tema que han trabajado muchos educadores y en Colombia tengo algunas experiencias escritas y otras realizadas en este tema. Sería importante estar en contacto.