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Penn State DuBois' OTA program hosts anniversary events

10/30/2006 —

DuBois – Penn State DuBois' Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at the DuBois campus with two events scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27.

The OTA faculty will host the annual Fieldwork Educators Workshop. According to Margaret J. Pendzick, fieldwork coordinator for the OTA program, students in the program complete initial fieldwork which consists of observing practitioners in various clinical settings. Upon completion of all academic classes and observations, students complete two hands-on fieldwork experiences where they work under supervision, usually at a local hospital or nursing home. 

Each year, OTA student supervisors are invited to a continuing education meeting that addresses current fieldwork issued. Tam Humbert, who holds a doctoral degree in education, and a faculty member at Penn State Berks, will present information on how to facilitate a student's critical thinking and reasoning skills during fieldwork experiences. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants from regional hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes will be attending the workshops.

The OTA program's 10th year anniversary celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, dinner, and program. Humbert will further discuss her OT work in Haiti, coinciding with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) International Day. According to the WFOT, the annual event is an opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally and nationally. 

"Although the entire year (2006) is, obviously, our 10-year mark, we chose this day because it is International Occupational Therapy Day," said LuAnn Demi, instructor in occupational therapy. "We thought it was meaningful to choose this day because of the topic of our speaker, to educate and inform OTA students that our profession is far-reaching, and to hopefully provide some opportunities for them to become more involved in the global and cultural aspects of occupational therapy."

For more information on these events, contact Demi at (814)375-4748.

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