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Author: Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

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A weekly show discussing all topics relating to occupational therapy.
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EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:How they feel after completing 3 weeks of fieldworkShifting from observing to leading their own groupsDistinguishing OTs unique value in mental health servicesWhat to do when your treatment plan backfires?Therapeutic use of selfLearning to read the patientsDaily and momentary goalsHow their days are structuredDifferences in supervisionThe emotional toll of working in mental healthThe role of our own biasesChanges in responsibilities expected in the next few weeks of fieldworkAdvice for students going into fieldwork
EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:Their previous level 2 fieldwork placementGetting experience in many practice areas as an OT studentHardest parts of their first fieldwork placementChallenges with documentation and relating the treatments to the big pictureTransitioning from classroom to clinical practiceLearning to take chances and not be afraid to make mistakesPreparing for their next Level 2 placements in mental healthHaving fieldworks back to backExcitement and nerves going into their last placementWhat they are most excited about and what they are most nervous aboutImportance of developing an open line of communication with your supervisorsThe students’ perceived strengths and weakness going into fieldworkBeing resourceful when not knowing the answersHow to be a good studentThe importance of asking questionsDifferences between OTA and OT fieldworkAdvocating for yourself as an OTA studentSocial media resources for OT and OTA students
Bianca, Kat, Celia and Sarah discuss:What their OT lives look like currentlyExcitement about starting Level II FieldworkWhat is an OT pinning ceremony?Being a part of the inaugural doctorate program at West Coast University: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-occupational-therapy.htmlFinishing up their didactic work for their programHardest parts of their school programFinding occupational balance between life and schoolTransitioning into Level 2 fieldworkGetting along well with their classmatesImportance of having faculty as leadersAddressing occupation-based and evidence-based challenges in fieldworkBeing involved in leadership and advocacy as a studentStudent Occupational Therapy Association: https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Students/SOTAs.aspxAssembly of Student Delegates: https://www.aota.org/Students.aspxCommittees: https://www.otaconline.org/community/committees (for those not in California, check your local state association website for their committees)Occupational Therapy Association of California Student Delegate: https://www.otaconline.org/community/committees/student-leadershipVolunteering: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/Leadership.aspxAttending conferences: https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/annual-conference-2020.aspxhttps://www.wfot.org/events/wfot-congress-2022What excites them the most about occupational therapy?Where they think they will be in 10 years?Best advice that they were givenTheir advice for other students
Sarah and Laura discuss:Why we need more OTs starting their own practices and businessesWhy OTs do not embark on the entrepreneur journeyThe importance of exposing students to businessTaking the chance and leaning into the discomfort of starting something newWriting things down and setting intentionsThe mindset of being an entrepreneurDonald Miller- Building a Story Brand Podcast: http://buildingastorybrand.com/blog/Surrounding yourself with supportive peopleThe OT Podcast community: http://www.otpodcasts.com/The PT Entrepreneur Podcast: http://drdannymatta.com/the-p-t-entrepreneur-podcast/The hardest part of starting a businessHer biggest mistakeBusiness financesImportance of building systems and being efficientWorking on your business versus in your businessResources for business owners/ systemsNOLO Press Book:https://store.nolo.com/products/Profit First bookYou Need a Budget: https://www.youneedabudget.com/Michael Port:Beyond Booked SolidBook Yourself SolidChecklist Manifesto: https://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right-ebook/dp/B0030V0PEWNature-based retreat- Therapy in the Great Outdoors: https://www.outdoorkidsot.com/trainingCONTIGO- Connection and Transformation in the Great Outdoors: https://www.outdoorkidsot.com/contigo-approachMind Your OT Business Podcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/Email: laura@outdoorkidsot.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/outdoorkidsotInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraparkfigFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindyourotbusinessWebsite: http://www.mindyourotbusiness.comPodcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast
Sarah and Grant discuss:Occupational transitionsDifficulties finding a job as a new graduateWhy he became an OT and how it has impacted his life sinceHow he got his start in inpatient rehab and mental healthMH4OT on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MH4OT/AOTA’s Mental Health Special Interest Section: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/SIS/Mental-Health.aspxGetting connected with Mental Health in MinnesotaHis changing mindset with the mental health crisis in the United StatesTransitioning into the history of occupational therapyHis background in programming for student housingUsing videos to capture OT history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z82KPntY3GAThe paradox of distraction and diversion therapyOccupational therapy practice framework: https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/AmericanJournalOfOccupationalTherapy/access-framework-domain-otpf-download.aspxOccupational transitions and disruptionsInstilling self-awareness in our clients to facilitate the therapeutic processHygge: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Hygge-Danish-Secrets/dp/0062658808Meik Wiking Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbtzY-8IFTQMillennial OT: http://millennialot.com/Email: MillennialOT@gmail.comTwitter: Twitter.com/millennialOTInstagram: Instagram.com/millennialOTFacebook: Facebook.com/MillennialOTYoutube: Youtube.com/MillennialOT
Sarah and Alexis discuss:OT settings within the hospitalWhat is acute care?Planned and unplanned hospital staysSupporting clients in the beginning of their journeyTypical length of stay in acute care settingImportance of education within the initial session/ evaluationSimilarities of Acute Care and Early Intervention practice areasGetting experience in other practice areas to guide our current practice areaEpisode with Dr. Michael Roberts- How Deep is Your Love for OT? https://ot4lyfe.com/23/Differences in working with planned and unplanned hospital stay clientsChallenges working in acute care settingAbleismOccupation-centered practice within the hospital settingAdvice for people that are in a system where occupation-based practice is not at the forefrontBeing a mentor and life long learnerHer consulting company: creatingconfidenceinOTs.clubAcuteCare4OT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173309566418639/Email: info@alexisjoelle.comTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/8alexisjoelleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/8alexisjoelle/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8alexisjoelleWebsite: https://www.alexisjoelle.com/
Sarah and Erika discuss:Meeting at AOTA 2019 and what they took away from the conferenceAnxiety and stress of being in OT schoolFactors of burnoutHow the symptoms of burnout can become the new norm and go unnoticedThe importance of having your values line up with you work’s valuesHow the lack of autonomy can lead to burnoutBullying and burnoutHer personal experience with burnoutGastrointestinal issues linked to burnoutImportance of self-care with a focus on both internal and external recoveryUnplugging and taking time to enjoy lifeBeing mindful instead of mindlessSelf-management and not just time managementPrioritizing timeFirst thing she did when realizing that she was burnt outGratitude journalHow she combats burnout in her daily lifeAdvice for therapists facing burnoutUtilizing resources, professionals, and a support system to help youEmployee Engagement Survey: https://joyenergytime.mykajabi.com/employeeengagementAffirmation CardsJoy Energy Time: https://www.joyenergytime.com/Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/burnt-out-to-lit-up-healthcare-stress-burnout-wellness/id1332553896Healthcare Hangouts: https://www.joyenergytime.com/healthcarehangouts/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joy.energy.time/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyenergytime/
Sarah discussesWhy she started a podcastAdvocating for the professionHow she got into podcastsThe first OT podcasts she foundOccupied- http://www.brockcook.com/category/podcast/Seniors Flourish- https://seniorsflourish.com/category/podcasts/OT Schoolhouse- https://www.otschoolhouse.com/Overcoming her shyness and worriesWhat she has gotten out of podcasting so farHer journey into occupational therapyWorking as an occupational therapist in home based early interventionStarting her private practiceBeing a fieldwork educator and mentorHer passion for travel and international volunteer workHow OT 4 Lyfe got it’s nameThe vision for the podcastOther OT Podcasts- http://www.otpodcasts.com/
Sarah and Sarah discussSarah’s love of OT history memorabiliaThe Healing Heart: The Story of Ora Ruggles Pioneer in Occupational TherapyWhat sparked her interest in evidence and research?Changes in evidence and research over the past decadeHer personal and professional connection to evidenceEvidenced-based practice as a tool to guide clinical practiceOT Potential Club: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-clubWeekly article reviewExpanding evidence outside of OTTeaming up with a research librarianImpact factors50 Most Influential OT Articles: https://otpotential.com/blog/influential-ot-research-articlesForum to promote community engagementTypes of evidenceBarriers to using evidence in practiceNBCOT Evidenced-based Resources: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Certificants/CertificationAdvice for therapists wanting to incorporate evidence into their practiceMost memorable OT momentContact Her:Email: sarah@otpotential.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/otpotentialInstagram: 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
Sarah and Devlynn discuss:AOTA’s Vision 2025: “As an inclusive profession, OT maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities, through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.": https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/vision-2025.aspxRole of incorporating inclusion into the visionRespect for identity and use of pronounsOverview and definition of the letters of LGBT+Importance of identify, pronouns, and personal aspectsIncorporating identity into our client’s occupational profilesImportant statistics involving the LGBT+ community and healthcarePositives and challenges he has faced as a gay therapist and working in healthcareAdvice for therapists experiencing difficulty with their identity within their clinical roleDevlvynn’s discussion with Taelormade OT on OTea Time:https://www.facebook.com/TaelorMadeOT/videos/648430935609510/@taelormadeot on InstagramDevlynn’s posts on Shannen Marie OT’s ABCs of OT:https://shannenmarieot.com/@shannenmarieot on InstagramADL specific tasks for the LGBT+ communityImportance of access to appropriate public restroomsResources for therapistsNational Alliance for Mental Illness: https://www.nami.orgThe Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.orgLGBT Health Edcuation: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.orgGay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory: http://www.glma.org/Person Centered Care: https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jgn/2018-2-44-2/%7B4f46d2c3-4daf-4f4f-8950-70ea1093f985%7D/person-centered-care-for-lgbt-older-adultsLGBTQ+ & OT: https://www.lgbtq-ot.com/Healthcare Disparities: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5478215/LGBTQ CCD: https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/index.htmLGBTQ Task Force: https://www.thetaskforce.org/Email: devlynnneu@gmail.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/therainbowotWebsite: https://www.therainbowot.com
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