ERIC Number: ED428476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Developing, Maintaining, and Updating Competency in Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Self-Appraisal.
Thomson, Linda Kohlman; Lieberman, Deborah; Murphy, Roberta; Wendt, Eugene; Poole, Janet; Hertfelder, Sarah D.
This guide is intended to help occupational therapists maintain and update their professional competency through use of a self-appraisal competency checklist. The first section discusses issues related to competence such as the demands of new situations or client populations and the essentially self-directed nature of the lifelong process of maintaining professional competence. The following section considers the importance of collaboration in maintaining individual competence including national associations, special interest groups, certification and regulatory agencies, and licensure/regulatory boards of practice. Thirteen specific methods for achieving competency are listed such as independent study, academic coursework, peer review, and on-the-job training. Also described are 10 commonly used measures to document competency in occupational therapy including written examinations, self-appraisal tools, and evaluation by clients/employees. The self-appraisal checklist involves five charts which provide: (1) an assessment and intervention checklist; (2) a practitioner competency checklist; (3) a work and behavior checklist; (4) maintaining and updating a clinical competency checklist; and (5) a professional development plan. Appended are three typical vignettes. (Contains 51 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Competence, Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Therapists
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; Tel: 301-652-AOTA (2682); TDD: 800-377-8555; Fax: 301-652-7711.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Occupational Therapy Association, Rockville, MD.