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.
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
- 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/