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Written by Matthew Alpert, OTR/L, Published on May 31, 2016

One of the most stressful parts of being an occupational therapy student is the level II fieldwork.

A Level II is designed for you, the OT student to learn as much as you can clinically. The level II will allow you to take your textbook knowledge and apply it clinically. Occupational therapy students will tend to look at these level II fieldwork as a battle to survive. With that perspective here are 5 tips to crush your up and coming level II.

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Topics:ClinicalGrad SchoolLevel 2 fieldworkOT clinicalsOT internshipstips for occupational therapy students

Written by Diana Varvara, Published on May 23, 2016

As the field of human-animal interaction (HAI) continues to gain traction, studies that straddle occupational therapy and HAI can help validate occupational therapists’ involvement in HAI-related work, such as animal-assisted therapy.

However, more importantly, they can elucidate how animals can help us help our clients participate in activities that bring meaning to their lives. Think outside the box to acquire funding and partnerships for such research; the directors of several HAI programs we contacted—including the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas (discussed in part II of this series) and the Human-Animal Interaction Studies project at Colorado State University —told us that though they weren’t currently doing research with OTs, they’d be open to exploring the possibilities.

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Written by Diana Varvara, Published on May 16, 2016

Animals in Occupational Therapy

If you want animals to play a role in your occupational therapy practice, education is essential. The most relevant training is in animal-assisted therapy, or AAT. (For the difference between AAT and animal-assisted activities, or AAA, see part I of this series.) Because such training is rarely OT specific, you’ll need to merge what you learn with your OT knowledge, and, as with your OT degree, supplement it liberally. Some of the resources mentioned in part I of this series offer educational programming along with their various other services. Here, we focus on additional resources that are widely, or virtually, available.

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Written by Natasha Freutel, Published on May 2, 2016

Are you a Canadian OT wanting to work in the United States, but not sure where to start?

Check out New Grad Occupational Therapy's 8 steps to working in the United States. We break down the process, cost, and time commitment, so you are prepared while looking for a new job and planning your upcoming move.

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Topics:canadaCanadian OTLicensuremoving to the US

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