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Research Article  |   April 1995
A Group Approach to Mental Health Fieldwork
Author Affiliations
  • Janice L. Hengel, MGA, MS, OTR, is Director of Rehabilitation Services, Garrett W Hagedorn Gero-psychiatric Hospital, 200 Sanatorium Road, Glen Gardner, New Jersey 08826
  • Janice L. Romeo, OTR, is Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry, Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey. At the time this article was written, she was student coordinator at the Garrett W. Hagedorn Gero-psychiatric Hospital
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Mental Health / Education
Research Article   |   April 1995
A Group Approach to Mental Health Fieldwork
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1995, Vol. 49, 354-358. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.4.354
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1995, Vol. 49, 354-358. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.4.354
Abstract

Fieldwork opportunities in mental health settings are limited and difficult to find. There is increased pressure for occupational therapy supervisors to accept more students although they have less time to devote to them. This article describes a group approach to training occupational therapy students that was used at one fieldwork site. The occupational therapy staff members were each responsible for specific teaching assignments that allowed them to work with a number of students simultaneously. Program development and evaluation meetings created an alternative forum for exploring ideas and practice issues and for providing guidance and supervision. This approach reduced the amount of time each therapist spent with students, provided students with several role models, and encouraged independent thinking in students.