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Will the occupational therapy Academic Leadership Council stand up to the accreditation function of its own organization?

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  The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) recently published a paper entitled "Future of physical therapist education programs in higher education."  This paper should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the proliferation of some allied health programs, credential escalation, and the intersection of these issues with practice. For starters, it is important to disambiguate ACAPT from CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) .  CAPTE grants accreditation to entry level programs for the physical therapy profession, and although 'independent' is also a part of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) .  ACAPT is a membership association of physical therapy educational programs and their educators.  ACAPT is also an offshoot of the APTA.  This complex relationship makes the ACAPT position statement rather interesting. The ACAPT paper identifies a few key points: 1. There are more PT programs being developed and

In search of an evidence-based approach to occupational therapy practice education that would include simulation experiences

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  Simulation is a methodology used to replicate real-world tasks.  Simulation provides experiences that lead to direct learning or that can be used as an assessment of competence.  Such tasks have been used as a primary tactic in occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services since their inception - although they were generally applied in a therapeutic context.  For example, an individual would learn how to dress themselves out of context to develop skill, and then that skill would be transferred to contextual learning.  Sometimes, more esoterically, a simulated activity broken down into components would be used to practice parts of tasks that would then be scaffolded in a total practice method.  Either way, simulated experiences are a staple methodology used by occupational therapy professionals for many years. Over time, preferences emerged for 'real-world' and 'contextually-relevant' experience - so much so that entire service delivery systems incorporated &#

Best practices for successful OT/OTA partnerships in NYS

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  Presented at NYSOTA's Dessert & Dialogue Continuing Education Series, January 5, 2021.  Thanks for stopping by to look at our slides! Click here for slides!

2020 Year in Review: nOT so bad!

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  2020 – An eventful year – pedagogy in a pandemic! Celebrating 33 years of certification as an occupational therapist! A trip to Florida to present on ‘qualitative data sources for narrative analysis’ https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqrc/eleventh/day1/42/ (last time I have traveled out of New York State) Final photo of me as I left the college in the Spring 2020, optimistic for a quick return! Sample 2020 Blog posts : Alterio, C.J. (2020, January 27). On so-called ‘Civility Pledges’ and the abolition of free thought and free speech.   ABC Therapeutics Blog ,  http://abctherapeutics.blogspot.com/2020/02/on-so-called-civility-pledges-and.html   Alterio, C.J. (2020, March 17). Synchronous vs. asynchronous content delivery in context of COVID-19.   ABC Therapeutics Blog , http://abctherapeutics.blogspot.com/2020/03/synchronous-vs-asynchronous-content.html   Alterio, C.J. (2020, April 12). Immediate action is required to address the crisis in occupational therapy fieldwork

A critique of the concept of 'occupational rights' on Constitution Day 2020

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Today is Constitution Day - a good time to reflect on the nature of rights, particularly as this is an apparent topic of interest among some occupational scientists. Many people improperly believe that in an American context rights spring out of the Constitution.  Actually, the so-called Bill of Rights is a list of governmental limitations - or actions that the government can not take against individuals related to their rights.  One of my favorites is the ninth amendment - so limiting in its scope - it states that enumerating any rights in the Constitution shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people. So what is the actual source of these rights?  The American Declaration of Independence states that they are endowed by a Creator - often interpreted as natural rights that are inalienable.   Natural rights were previously identified by John Locke in context of England's Glorious Revolution - identified at the time as the rights to "life, liber

Perspectives on motive

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  Because we are inherently social, we spend a lot of time trying to understand motive in the actions of others.  Motive provides a context from which we can apply a category or frame - and as we are also inherently driven toward sense-making and meaning-making this idea of motive is a pragmatic tool that actually serves our own purpose. In occupational therapy, a practitioner will take motive out of this standard context and attempt to manipulate it as a tool for promoting a certain outcome.  It is a presumptuous methodology, and probably something that we need to spend time discussing.  Used incorrectly, the manipulation of motive can at best simply backfire, and at worst can actually be an assault on another person's autonomy and freedom.  In either case, if you get it wrong, it ends up being rather unhelpful. +++ We have many squirrels in the neighborhood of our home in the Finger Lakes.  The grandchildren derive endless amusement at watching them - the front yard animals all h