Student Attainment Objectives: Strand #6

Educational Leadership

Occupational therapists are teachers. To be an effective practitioner, an occupational therapist must educate all associated recipients of their care. This includes family members of clientele, affiliates of alternative disciplines, and the general public. Occupational therapy education surrounds every aspect of clinical practice. The clinician utilizes educational methods to project messages and instructions pertaining to client care. Education occurs daily in the clinical setting and through many additional venues. Occupational therapists are taught to educate the public about the importance of our service, to educate colleagues and others about the theoretical principles that guide and develop the profession in a variety of ways.

Upon completion of the Salem State College Occupational Therapy Program students and be able to:

  • Create and participate in learning opportunities that will enhance professional competency and efficiency
  • Understand multiple learning theories and teaching methods that will foster critical thinking and skillful presentation ability
  • Develop positive intra and interpersonal skills that will benefit self and community
  • Articulate the founding core principles and theoretical framework of occupation to others in oral and in written format
  • Understand multiple methods and tools that may be used to project new learning and establish areas of clinical expertise
  • Create a professional development plan that acknowledges the areas of research, professional responsibility and accountability, education, and continued self- exploration and learning