Since starting my private practice, I have had many opportunities to explain what I do to business people who work outside of healthcare. Many times their reactions run something like this, “It takes a special person to do that kind of work,” or “That is so wonderful!” While it’s fun to be considered special or wonderful, I am not really generous or self-sacrificing. I am actually taking excellent care of myself when I work with my clients.
I recently served as a CI for a Level II OT student, and it was an eye opening experience for both of us. She split her week between Bright Futures, my private practice that serves adults who need help with transitional goals, and a local inpatient rehabilitation center serving older adults. Our OTS spent two days per week with Bright Futures and the other three days at the rehab center.
Amanda Hassen, OTD, OTR/L, always dreamed of a career in which she could combine her passion for occupational therapy with her love of swimming. She found that opportunity while completing her OTD at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
As part of Belmont’s OTD program, students must complete an experiential component in their final semester where they integrate the four curricular themes of clinical excellence, scholarship, service and leadership to effect a positive social change.
Judging by comments from our readers, many of you have great, innovative ideas that you cannot always use in traditional workplaces. There are three ways to gain increased control of your practice:
1) Locate and get hired by a facility that honors your expertise and supports the kind of OT you want to provide. Fabulous, when it works!
Remember your History of Occupational Therapy course in which you learned about how your future profession was rooted in the moral treatment and arts and crafts movements? Well, guess what, crafts are back in style and they still pack a therapeutic punch. It’s time to give them a try or to take them out of storage. Here’s why: