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MiOTA - MOTEC Fieldwork Educator Days

MOTEC Fieldwork Educator Days

MOTEC Fieldwork Educator Days

Every year MOTEC provides free Fieldwork Educator Days events. These events are designed for fieldwork education coordinators, experienced fieldwork educators, and those who are new to or interested in becoming fieldwork educators. We recently expanded our event to include education sessions for capstone site mentors of OTD students.

The purpose of MOTEC Fieldwork Educator Days is to provide tools and resources to support best practice in fieldwork education and to share developments in Michigan occupational therapy programs. Each day is the same program with content related to various fieldwork topics. Participants receive a certificate for six free contact hours of continuing education credit.

This year, MOTEC will be holding an online webinar series for the event on May 20th and 21st, 2021. A second event will be held on November 5th. The method of content delivery (virtual or in-person) for that event is yet to be determined. A decision whether the event will be conducted virtual or in-person will be determined by mid-August. Please stay tuned for updates.
Thursday, May 20th, 2021

6:00-7:00 p.m. Administrative Updates - Kristin Willey, MHS, OTRL and Pennie Wysocki, BS, COTAL
Participants will discuss the local, state, and national impact of COVID-19 on occupational therapy education and practice. Updates will be provided on:  ACOTE standards, the national fieldwork crisis, AOTA education sessions for practitioners, and MiOTA's efforts to keep practitioners informed during the pandemic. 
Click here to register for Administrative Updates.

7:15-8:45 p.m. Formstack/New FWPE - Sara Clark MS, OTRL and Breanna Chycinski, OTD, OTRL
Participants will learn how to access and use the new online-AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for Level II Fieldwork. 
An overview of the electronic Formstack platform (screen shots and video demonstration), item descriptions, scoring, and how to save and submit the midterm and final evaluation to the academic program will be provided. Most academic programs transitioned to the new online evaluation in January 2021.
Click here to register for Formstack/New FWPE.

Friday, May 21st, 2021

8-9:30 a.m. Capstone Nuts and Bolts - Holly Grieves, OTD, OTRL and Tatjana Tina Savich, DHA, OTRL
Participants will learn about the doctoral capstone purpose and components, delineate the capstone team member roles, identify the benefits for serving as a capstone site mentor, and differentiate between capstone and fieldwork experiences. This session will explore doctoral capstone experience examples and identify anticipated capstone process timelines. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in networking and brainstorming of potential capstone ideas 
Click here to register for Capstone Nuts and Bolts.

8-9:30 a.m. Fieldwork Nuts and Bolts - Annie Crites, OTRL, Jennifer Bueby, OTD OTRL, and Robin Pegg, COTAL, MEd, ATP
OT and OTA fieldwork students are the future of our profession. Any clinician, regardless of level of experience, can supervise a Level I Fieldwork student, and practitioners with one year of experience since initial NBCOT certification can supervise Level II Fieldwork students. This session will discuss the benefits of being a fieldwork educator and the tools needed to establish and run a fieldwork program in any type of practice setting. 
Click here to register for Fieldwork Nuts and Bolts.

9:45-10:45 a.m. Transitioning the Virtual Student to the Clinic - Wayne Doyle, DHSc, COTAL, PTA, Susan Dee Owens, MS OTRL, and Annette Horton, MOT OTRL
The purpose of this session is to highlight the general changes to Level I fieldwork and to discuss helpful strategies to transition skills into the clinic setting. 
Click here to register for Transitioning the Virtual Student to the Clinic.

11:00-12:30 Compassionate Conversations - Kristin Willey, MHS, OTRL, Wendy Tremaine PhD, OTRL, and Julie Jacob, MSOT, OTRL, Pennie Wysocki, BS, COTAL
Fieldwork educators provide authentic learning experiences for students.  They impart not only practical knowledge but also help students acquire the embedded skills necessary to be compassionate and effective OTs.  For students, the feedback and scores they receive during fieldwork are high stakes situations that can result in heightened emotional response.  Join this active learning session to practice constructive feedback techniques grounded in compassion to enhance student learning, promote student motivation, and increase engagement.
Click here to register for Compassionate Conversations.

1:00-2:30 Collaborative Models - Susan Williams, OTRL, Kim Banfill, MOT, OTRL, and Melissa Peters, OTRL
Participants will discuss the benefits of various creative supervision models to address the fieldwork crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic: working with more than one student at time, sharing a student between two part-time OTs, and splitting a student between two areas of practice or two sites. Structuring at two week, 10 week, and 14 week Level II Fieldwork rotation will also be outlined.
Click here to register for Collaborative Models.

2:45-3:45 Mindfulness for Fieldwork Educators: Strategies to Manage Stress and Burnout During a Pandemic - Breanna Chycinski, OTD, OTRL, Kim Banfill, MOT, OTRL, and Jennifer Bueby, OTD OTRL
During this session, participants will learn the physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts of stress and burnout. Participants will also develop an understanding of mindfulness and how to apply mindfulness strategies as a tool for positive coping.  This session with include engagement in 1-2 mindfulness exercise and tips for daily implementation to support health and well-being. Resources related to identifying burnout in students will be shared as well.
Click here to register for Mindfulness for Fieldwork Educators: Strategies to Manage Stress and Burnout During a Pandemic.
 We will see you there!
MOTEC thanks you for your interest in fieldwork and capstone education!

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