Monday, June 12, 2017

Community development conference, convocation, 

and final projects! 

It's been a busy couple of weeks at Corbett Hall as our students are in a time of transition. While our Year 1 students are off in various corners of Alberta and Saskatchewan completing their first fieldwork placements, our most recent graduates from Fall 2016 are returning to the U of A for their spring convocation this afternoon.

As for our Year 2s, it's been a whirlwind of activities this past several weeks!  Before they head out for their final two placements in July/August and September/October, they celebrated with a graduation banquet June 3 at the Faculty Club.  It was so nice to hear the inspirational speech from Dr.s  Liz Taylor and Mary Forhan and to see the students engage in well deserved celebrations.  Last week, they finished the last of their traditional classes and capped it off with the Community Development Conference, where they presented their projects completed with community partners including asset mapping, health promotion, empowerment education, peer support, participatory action research, community rehab and partnership building.  Please check out the Faculty of Rehab Medicine facebook page for some photos  FMR June 8, 2017

Year 2s on their last day of formal classes! 

Moments after this picture was taken (on a beautiful 26 degree day), I am sure all the students rushed back to put the final touches on their capstone OccTh 903 projects, which they will be defending this Thursday!  This is the last of their in class requirements before they are off to their final two placements!

Congratulations to all our student on their achievements and to you, our community partners for your support and contributions to their development!

We are matching the final placement in September/October this Thursday and could always use a few more offers.  If you feel you can offer, please contact me at or any member of the clincal education team.  As always...THANK YOU!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Community Development Mini-Conference
June 8th, 2017
Corbett Hall, University of Alberta and
U of C Downtown Campus, Rm 3-26 (906 - 8 ave SW)

Our community partners are invited to our Community Development mini-conference to celebrate the work of our occupational therapy students and the community organizations that have supported their community development learning.

Students will present their projects to the community member, their peers, and professors.  Projects include:

  • community asset mapping
  • health promotion
  • empowerment education 
  • peer support
  • participatory action research
  • community rehabilitation
  • partnership building
9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Prof. S. Brintnell)

9:10-10:20 Keynote:  Community Development in everyday practice: Ways of seeing, being, and asking questions.  Dr. Heidi Lauckner - School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University

10:30-1:00 Student poster presentations

This will be an opportunity to network with other community organizations, university staff and faculty, and occupational therapy students.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Call for offers - Fall 2017

THANK YOU to those of you who are involved in the education and support of  UofA MScOT students!

We greatly appreciate the generous number of offers that we received for OCCTH 525 and 527. 
Please consider offering a fieldwork placement for the upcoming Fall sessions.  

OCCTH 528, Year 2, Level 3b (Final Placement):  September 5 - October 20, 2017  (7 weeks)
OCCTH 503, Year 1, Introductory Placement:  November 6 - 10, 2017  (5 days)
Please send your placement offers by June 9th in one of the following ways:
1. If you are an HSPnet user, please accept your Placement Request(s) (PR) in HSPnet
2. If you work for AHS, please notify Tracy Wulff at AHS via email with your offer:
3. If you work for Covenant Health, please notify Stacey Roussel with your offer:
4. If you work for Capital Care, please notify the CC Student Placement Team with your offer:
5.  All other sites interested in making an offer please contact Michelle Green, Clinical Education Administrator:  and she can send you a Recruitment Form.  
It is important to us that you find clinical instruction and mentorship to be a rewarding experience - we recognize the commitment and time it takes to supervise these 'OTs-in-training!' Your participating is greatly appreciated and your feedback is always welcome.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Supporting Level 1 Students

Today marks the first day of placement for our Level 1 students as they head out for seven weeks in the field for OccTh 525.  I can tell you they are a very excited group - keen on learning, participating and applying what they have learned over the last nine months.

The course outline indicates the expectation for the students at this level is about 25% of typical caseload in a timely, competent, and safe manner with moderate to maximal supervision.  On the Competency Base Fieldwork Evaluation, the target the competency rating (numerical) rating would be in the 1-3 range, though there can be variations based on student experience, practice setting, and available opportunities.

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"Application of Knowledge" is the focus of learning for this placement and the first experience (other than the one week shadow last fall) students have with clinical reasoning.  At this level, students are beginning to use "procedural" reasoning.  This is the "how to" type of concrete reasoning that helps them gather and categorize information.

Questions that can help students develop this include:

  • What did you learn? 
  • How was this client similar to the last one?
  • How were they different?
  • What are two things that went well? How can you tell? (what's the evidence?)
  • What are two things you would try to do differently next time? 

As students become more comfortable with the concrete reasoning, preceptors can encourage them to start to develop more "interactive" reasoning.  This is the type of reasoning that helps them recognize individual differences and meaning, how to practice in a client centered manner, and why there is rarely only one way to help a client achieve their goals.   Questions that can help students develop this include:
  • What do you think the client learned?
  • How do you think they responded to your intervention/questions/plan? (evidence?)
  • How does this client's presentation differ from what you learned in school? 
  • What would you try and do more of with this client next time? 
To read more about different types of reasoning, have a look at the CAOT publication by Lisa Mendez and Jodene Neufeld "Clinical reasoning:What is it and why should I care?"  (CAOT Publications, 2003).  A few other tips for preceptors from this publication:

  • Talk out loud!  Students can't learn simply by watching your actions - try and share your continuous thought revisions.
  • Have your student 'predict' what a client will look like based on information they have gathered.
  • Encourage 'what' and 'why' questions
  • Give a homogeneous caseload (so much as is possible)
We hope everyone has a great first week and look forward to any questions you might have for the fieldwork team!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Canada 150 Rehab Med Family Fun Day 2017

June 3, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Corbett Hall front lawn
8205 - 114 Street, Edmonton AB, T6G 2G4
Register by May 31st

Join us for a FREE Family Fun Day, an opportunity for kids to learn about physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology, enjoy the bouncy castle slide, face painting and balloon twisters, meet the University of Alberta mascots Guba and Patches and enjoy a free ice cream sundae and t-shirt! 

PLUS, help us celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by adding your hand print to our Canada 150 mural and sharing your photos with us!

A great opportunity for alumni and students to connect and for the community to learn more about our campus and our programs.

For more information and to register, visit
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Clinical Educator Workshop - Edmonton

April 26: 9:00-4:00

Presented by the Collaborative for Scholarship in Clinical Education (CSCE), Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

Workshop Description:
This full day workshop is intended for clinical educators (CEs) who are interested in working with rehabilitation students in a variety of practice settings.  The morning will provide a thorough orientation to student supervision and evaluation including placement structure, clinical teaching strategies for successful placements, and discipline-specific information.  In the afternoon, participants will explore and develop skills regarding the provision of constructive feedback and the facilitation of student reflection and professional growth.  Work-readiness, professionalism and the progression of clinical reasoning towards independent, entry level practice will also be discussed.  This workshop will provide strategies and support to new CEs as well as more in-depth look at resources and strategies for more experienced CEs. 

Location: 2-07 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta

Parking:  Parking is available at Corbett Hall.  There is a fee for parking and machines can be found in the parking area. 

Refreshments:  Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Lunch:  Lunch is on your own.  There are several lunch options near Corbett Hall. 

Registration: A maximum of 70 spots are available for this workshop.  First preference for registration will be for those planing to attend the full day.  

Cost:  This workshop is provided free of charge for OT, PT, and SLP clinicians who have provided clinical placements for students from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine or those who are planning to do so. 

To register:  Complete the registration form at the following link:

Questions:   Contact Lu-Anne McFarlane [ ] with questions or if you have difficulty with the online form.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your response to our recent requests for additional offers for our Level 1 students in May-June.  We have been able to secure spots for all of the students and will be contacting sites in the next little while.  As always, please feel free to contact any of the fieldwork team with questions, concerns or support while the students are with you:

Edmonton & Northern Alberta - Cherie Henderson []
Edmonton Community Independent Placements - Loraine Kolber []
Calgary & Southern Alberta (Red Deer and south) - Jutta Hinrichs [] 
Saskatchewan - Michele Derdall  []
Program Administrator - Michelle Green []

Next up...Level 3A placements July & August (*some flexibility in dates)

Class notes

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is interested in hearing your stories about your days at the U of A.  Check out this link to hear your former class mates stories and submit your own; 

Celebrating preceptor excellence

The Rehab Medicine Student Association hosted it's annual Gala on March 25th and we were thrilled to acknowledge Clinical Educators of the Year for all three departments. This year, special recognition went to the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury - Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury who produced both the Occupational Therapy (Gary Rowland) and Physical Therapy (Kari Kopat).  This is obviously a team and facility that excels in Clinical Education and the honor was well deserved!