Encouraging development of professionalism is an essential component of the Occupational Therapy Program at Salem State University. To be a competent practitioner, students must display specific behaviors that are expected and required of them. Occupational therapists must be dependable, act professional, show empathy and concern for others, be cooperative in one to one and in group situations, appear organized, demonstrate the ability to take initiative, demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and employ clinical reasoning in therapeutic and non-therapeutic situations. In addition, professionalism requires that the practitioner attain greater knowledge about state, national, and international Occupational Therapy Associations, policies, regulations, and legal and ethical positions. Professional development includes being committed to the profession through continuing education opportunities and acknowledgement of life-long professional responsibilities.
- Demonstrate proficient oral and written communication skills in a professional manner
- Exhibit effective use of time management, organization, dependability and engage positively with peers, faculty, clients and other constituents
- Present a self-directed approach to learning while using astute observation skills and a critical eye approach to the subject matter
- Display initiative, and know the differences between professional and personal boundaries
- Utilize professional terminology and language while engaging in the classroom and clinical settings
- Understand effects that federal and state regulatory and legislative bodies have on OT practice, documentation and reimbursement
- Acknowledge national and state requirements for OT credentialing and OT professional documents that guide practice
- Include reflective approaches with all work including creation of a professional development plan, auto-ethnography, professional portfolio and research project presented at student conference.