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Research Article  |   September 1990
The Value of Psychosocial Level II Fieldwork
Author Affiliations
  • Anne W. Atwater, OTS, is an Occupational Therapist at the Kalispell Regional Rehabilitation Center, Kalispell, Montana. At the time of this study she was a graduate student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, and was completing her Level II fieldwork at St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Montana
  • Christine G. Davis, MOT, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist at the WorkAbility Program, North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colorado, and at the Brain Injury Recovery Program, Fort Collins, Colorado. At the time of this study, she was Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. (Mailing address: 1164 East Fourth Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537)
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Research Article   |   September 1990
The Value of Psychosocial Level II Fieldwork
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 792-795. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.792
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 792-795. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.792
Abstract

The shortage of occupational therapists choosing to practice in mental health and the increase of therapists electing to specialize in other areas led to a pilot study designed to gather information regarding the value of psychosocial Level II fieldwork. A survey was mailed to 152 practicing occupational therapists who had graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins between 1983 and 1988; of the surveys returned, 116 were used in this study. The results indicate that the psychosocial Level II fieldwork experience provides therapists with valuable training and experience regardless of their current area of practice or specialization. The results also suggest that to preserve the holistic approach that occupational therapists offer their clients, psychosocial Level II fieldwork must remain a requirement of occupational therapy programs.