Preparing for the Challenge – OTA Fieldwork: Part 1 of 4


Episode Summary

Once all the coursework is completed, occupational therapy students start their level 2 fieldworks to gain hands-on, clinical experience in various practice areas. Over the course of a few short months, students take on the challenge of going from observation to entry-level practitioner. 

This episode is the first in a 4 part series where we follow two occupational therapy assistant students from Erie Community College throughout the last of the level 2 fieldwork placements.  Ijeoma Ikpeze and Chantal Sendall dive deep into their experiences as an OTA student and open up about their excitement and nervousness as their last fieldwork is about to begin. 

If you’re an OT student or future OT student, this series should not be missed.  If you’re a clinician and have been considering taking a student or are a current fieldwork educator, this series will give you a first hand glimpse of what students go through during fieldwork.

Show Notes

EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss: 

  • Their previous level 2 fieldwork placement
  • Getting experience in many practice areas as an OT student
  • Hardest parts of their first fieldwork placement
  • Challenges with documentation and relating the treatments to the big picture
  • Transitioning from classroom to clinical practice
  • Learning to take chances and not be afraid to make mistakes
  • Preparing for their next Level 2 placements in mental health
  • Having fieldworks back to back
  • Excitement and nerves going into their last placement
  • What they are most excited about and what they are most nervous about
  • Importance of developing an open line of communication with your supervisors 
  • The students’ perceived strengths and weakness going into fieldwork
  • Being resourceful when not knowing the answers
  • How to be a good student
  • The importance of asking questions 
  • Differences between OTA and OT fieldwork
  • Advocating for yourself as an OTA student
  • Social media resources for OT and OTA students

OT School: From Classroom to Level 2 Fieldwork


Episode Summary

Occupational therapy school is quite a journey. From the multitude of classes, to Level 1 fieldwork experiences, all the midterms and finals, and the practical exams along the way. Just making it through the program is a feat in itself. Then comes the Level 2 fieldworks which take people from being students in the classroom to becoming entry level OT practitioners by the end of their first rotation. Needless to say, a lot of learning occurs during this entire process.

In this episode, Sarah chats with Bianca Callier, Kathleen Kanegawa, and Celia Parra, three occupational therapy doctoral students from West Coast University, as they make the transition from being a student in the classroom to embarking on their Level 2 fieldworks. They discuss their experiences in OT school so far, how to be involved in leadership and advocacy as an OT student, and what excites them most about our profession. They also share some great tips and strategies on how to thrive and excel within an OT program. Their passion and enthusiasm for our profession will be sure to inspire any current OT students, future OT students, fieldwork educators, and OT practitioners.

Show Notes

Bianca, Kat, Celia and Sarah discuss:

Minding Our OT Business with Laura Park Figueroa


Episode Summary

Ever wanted to start your own OT business? Or do you have one and want to up your business game? If yes, this episode is for you. Laura Park Figueroa, MS, OTR/L joins the show to discuss all things OT and business.  We discuss the mindset as an entrepreneur, she shares her mistakes and successes on the path to building and running a private practice, and she provides numerous helpful resources throughout the episode. This episode is a must listen for any OT entrepreneurs or aspiring OT entrepreneurs.

Show Notes

Sarah and Laura discuss:

Email: laura@outdoorkidsot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/outdoorkidsot

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraparkfig

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindyourotbusiness

Website: http://www.mindyourotbusiness.com

Podcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast

Transitions and Reflections of a Millennial OT with Grant Mitchell


Episode Summary

Occupations and views change and transition over time.  In this episode, Grant Mitchell MOT, OTR/L shares his journey through his current occupational transitions: from new grad to full time practitioner, from working in mental health to working in inpatient rehabilitation, from living in Minnesota to living in Florida, and from being single to married with a child and how these changes have impacted his occupations and his view of occupational therapy.  Grant reflects on how his lens of occupational therapy has shifted over the years and the influence that it has had on his personal and professional story.

Show Notes

Sarah and Grant discuss: 

Millennial OT: http://millennialot.com/

Email: MillennialOT@gmail.com

Twitter: Twitter.com/millennialOT

Instagram: Instagram.com/millennialOT

Facebook: Facebook.com/MillennialOT

Youtube: Youtube.com/MillennialOT

Creating Confidence and an Occupation-Based Mindset with Alexis Joelle


Episode Summary

Occupational therapy is such a diverse field and one of my favorite parts of doing interviews is learning about all the different practice areas within our profession. Today’s episode with Alexis Joelle, MS, OTR/L dives into occupational therapy in acute care, detailing what it looks like, as well as highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with this practice area.

We cover the hot topic of occupation-based practice and how Alexis maintains the use of occupations despite being in a clinical setting. She also shares how her experiences in travel therapy led her to starting a mentorship program to support and educate OT practitioners. Alexis is all about instilling confidence for all clinicians and promoting the distinct value of occupational therapy.

Show Notes

Sarah and Alexis discuss:

  • OT settings within the hospital
  • What is acute care?
  • Planned and unplanned hospital stays
  • Supporting clients in the beginning of their journey
  • Typical length of stay in acute care setting
  • Importance of education within the initial session/ evaluation
  • Similarities of Acute Care and Early Intervention practice areas
  • Getting experience in other practice areas to guide our current practice area
  • Episode with Dr. Michael Roberts- How Deep is Your Love for OT? https://ot4lyfe.com/23/
  • Differences in working with planned and unplanned hospital stay clients
  • Challenges working in acute care setting
  • Ableism
  • Occupation-centered practice within the hospital setting
  • Advice for people that are in a system where occupation-based practice is not at the forefront
  • Being a mentor and life long learner
  • Her consulting company: creatingconfidenceinOTs.club
  • AcuteCare4OT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173309566418639/

Email: info@alexisjoelle.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/8alexisjoelle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/8alexisjoelle/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8alexisjoelle

Website: https://www.alexisjoelle.com/

Battling The Burnout with Erika del Pozo


Episode Summary

Working in healthcare can be a very rewarding career, but it also presents some unique challenges. Nowadays, productivity levels have increased exponentially, caseloads have become unruly, expectations have continued to grow without any sign of slowing down, while we as therapists are left to pick up the pieces, keep up with the changes, and do the best work that we can. Unfortunately, the increasing demands within the workplace have had significant implications on us as therapists, ultimately leading many therapists to become burnt out.

Erika del Pozo MOT, OTR/L from Joy Energy Time and the Burnt Out to Lit Up podcast comes on the show today to share her personal journey with burnout and how this has ignited a passion for promoting education and awareness about the topic as it relates to healthcare professionals.

Show Notes

Sarah and Erika discuss:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joy.energy.time/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyenergytime/

The Why of OT 4 Lyfe with Sarah Putt


Episode Summary

Welcome to the OT 4 Lyfe podcast.  I launched this podcast back in October 2018 and since then have released 37 episodes. I have brought on some amazing guests and covered a wide range of topics, from pediatric OT practice, to animal assisted therapy, using evidenced in practice, the business side of OT, travel therapy and international volunteer work, the importance of collaborating with physical therapists, inclusion, and I released a fieldwork mini series, as well as the first steps to becoming an OT.

Although I’ve covered a lot of topics, I haven’t really gone into much detail about who I am and what this podcast is all about. So that’s what today will be about. I want to use today’s episode for you to get to know me a little better and also understand my why behind creating OT 4 Lyfe. 

Show Notes

Sarah discusses:

  • Why she started a podcast
  • Advocating for the profession
  • How she got into podcasts
  • The first OT podcasts she found
  • Overcoming her shyness and worries
  • What she has gotten out of podcasting so far
  • Her journey into occupational therapy 
  • Working as an occupational therapist in home based early intervention
  • Starting her private practice
  • Being a fieldwork educator and mentor
  • Her passion for travel and international volunteer work
  • How OT 4 Lyfe got it’s name
  • The vision for the podcast 

Other OT Podcasts- http://www.otpodcasts.com/

Unlocking the Potential of Occupational Therapy with Sarah Lyon


Episode Summary

In today’s society, there is a bunch of research coming out for healthcare professionals to utilize and help guide clinical practice. Nowadays the amount of research is doubling at an outstanding rate. But there continues to be many barriers, i.e. time, accessibility, and generalizing of research across populations, for practitioners in order to incorporate research into their daily roles.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L joins the show to discuss her passion of evidenced-based practice and how she has developed the OT Potential Journal Club to help therapists stay up-to-date on the research and ultimately develop confidence and competence in order to provide the best clinical care to their clients. Sarah is a firm believer in the power of evidenced-based practice in order to promote our profession by not only allowing OTs to have a seat at the table, but to have them be leaders at the table.

Show Notes

Sarah and Sarah discuss:

Contact Her:

Email: sarah@otpotential.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/otpotential

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otpotential/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/otpotentialcom/

OT Potential: https://otpotential.com/

OT Potential Podcast: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-podcast

Inclusion, Education, and All the Colors of the Rainbow with Devlynn Neu


Episode Summary

Part of being an occupational therapist is advocating for ourselves, our clients, and our profession.  We aim to be client-centered in our therapy and strive to be inclusive for people regardless of race, identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.  Statistics have shown that members of the LBGT+ community face challenges accessing and receiving appropriate healthcare.

Devlynn Neu, MS, OTR/L comes on the show today to discuss important facts, education, and considerations for therapists and clients within the LBGT+ community.  He shares his experiences working as an openly gay man within the field of occupational therapy, including both the positive and challenges that he has faced throughout his experience as an OT. Devlynn embodies inclusion and advocacy in all that he does and constantly stands up for his clients, his profession, and this community as a whole.

Devlynn is also the creator of The Rainbow OT, a blog which serves to promote inclusion, foster representation, provide education, and encourage unity within healthcare for members of the LBGT+ community.  

Show Notes

Sarah and Devlynn discuss:

Email: devlynnneu@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therainbowot

Website: https://www.therainbowot.com

Uncorking Topics in Occupational Therapy with Miranda Rennie


Episode Summary

Being a lifelong learner is something that is constantly brought up within the profession of occupational therapy. From being a student in OT school, to becoming a new practitioner, to doing research to further the knowledge base for our profession, we are constantly learning new ideas, picking up new skills, and gaining a deeper understanding of how occupations influence health for us as practitioners and for our clients.

Miranda Rennie, OTR/L, joins me today to share her journey into the field of occupational therapy, her current work in an outpatient neuro setting and in teaching, as well as her passion for research and evidence-based practice. Miranda constantly strives to challenge herself to be the best therapist that she can be and once listening to the episode you will realize that she is one of the most driven people that you will ever meet. She is dedicated to research and learning in order to advance our profession and add to the knowledge base.

Miranda and I instantly connected because she too is an OT podcaster and host of OT Uncorked. Her show is all about sharing a glass of wine while uncorking hot topics in occupational therapy. To hear more from her, definitely check out her podcast and resource blog: http://otuncorked.com/

Show Notes

Sarah and Miranda discuss:

  • Her current OT role working in outpatient neuro and also teaching at a local university
  • How she first heard about occupational therapy
  • Transitioning from student to new practitioner
  • Tips for incorporating evidence into practice
  • Advocating for evidenced-based practice
  • Collaborating with others using evidence to advance the profession
  • A fun fact about Parkinson’s medication interactions
  • Starting a PhD program
  • Research as a practice area
  • Surrounding yourself with people that support and challenge you to pursue your dreams
  • OT Uncorked
  • OT Potential
  • The Rainbow OT

Twtiter: https://twitter.com/OTuncorked

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otuncorked/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTuncorked/

Website: https://www.OTuncorked.com

Podcast Link: https://feeds.transistor.fm/ot-uncorked