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Abstract

A competency assessment was developed to assess students' skills at the culmination of courses relating to mental health, including a Psychosocial Level I Fieldwork course. The intention of the assessment, titled the Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Competency Assessment (POT-CA), was to engage students in a practical skill demonstration and use of clinical reasoning in relation to brief case studies. Key skills assessed included: administration of the ACLS-5, establishing and maintaining therapeutic rapport, defining OT in client centered language, and use of clinical reasoning to identify additional assessment, intervention, and discharge recommendations. The purpose of this article is to present the tool and results from its preliminary use in a Level I psychosocial fieldwork course, in order to share a creative approach for assessing the development of clinical skills competence for mental health practice.

Biography

Jenna Yeager, PhD, OTR/L is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at Towson University. Her clinical background includes over 30 years of experience in mental health OT. Research includes investigation of factors influencing success of students in psychosocial Level I fieldwork and issues affecting transition of student veterans. Derek Piggott, MOT, OTR/L is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at Towson University. His area of clinical expertise is mental health practice in inpatient and community settings. His teaching and scholarship are focused on mental health practice and fieldwork education.

Declaration of Interest

The authors report no declarations of interest.

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