Occupational Therapy: A Guide for Prospective Students, Consumers, and Advocates

Franklin Stein, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Kathlyn L Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS
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A helpful resource that explains occupational therapy for students, clients, families, school counselors, and health professionals, Occupational Therapy: A Guide for Prospective Students, Consumers, and Advocates provides an understanding of what occupational therapists do to help people function in everyday activities. 

Written by esteemed authors Drs. Franklin Stein and Kathlyn L. Reed, Occupational Therapy: A Guide for Prospective Students, Consumers, and Advocates explains one of the fastest growing professions in the world. Featuring information on the specific interventions used in daily work, the educational requirements for becoming an occupational therapist, and the clinical settings where occupational therapists work, this book is the perfect introduction to the profession.

Chapters are designed to educate prospective students about occupational therapy as well as the personal qualities needed to be an effective clinician. Detailed information is included with up-to-date facts great for sharing with those interested in this career. A glossary of terms at the conclusion assists students, consumers, and advocates who want to better understand the profession.

Topics include:
  • What is occupational therapy?
  • Comparing occupational therapy to similar health professions
  • What is the history of occupational therapy?
  • Personal characteristics of occupational therapists
  • Professional codes of ethics
  • Occupational therapy clients
The perfect companion book for any aspiring student or interested health professional, Occupational Therapy: A Guide for Prospective Students, Consumers, and Advocates is a great resource for all things occupational therapy.

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About the Authors   
Foreword by Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA    

Chapter 1    What Is Occupational Therapy? 
Chapter 2    Learning About Occupational Therapy   
Chapter 3    Typical Curriculums for Master’s and Associate Degrees in Occupational Therapy    
Chapter 4    Comparing Occupational Therapy to Similar Health Professions  
Chapter 5    Becoming an Occupational Therapist   
Chapter 6    What Is the History of Occupational Therapy
Chapter 7    Where Do Occupational Therapists Work?   
Chapter 8    Personal Characteristics of Occupational Therapists   
Chapter 9    Evaluation, Intervention, and Discharge  
Chapter 10    Professional Codes of Ethics   
Chapter 11    Occupational Therapy Clients   

Appendix A    What Is It Like to Be an Occupational Therapy Student?   
Appendix B    State and Jurisdiction Regulation of Occupational Therapy   
Appendix C    Definition of Occupational Therapy    
Appendix D    List of Diagnoses and Conditions Seen in Occupational Therapy    
Appendix E    What Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Do    


About the Editors

Franklin Stein, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is professor emeritus of occupational therapy at the University of South Dakota, founding editor of Annals of International Occupational Therapy, and life member of the American Psychological Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brooklyn College, and his certificate and master’s degree in occupational therapy and his PhD in counseling psychology from New York University. 

Early in his career, he worked as a social worker for the New York City Department of Welfare, an occupational therapist in the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the director of occupational therapy at the Brooklyn Day Hospital. He has been a consultant to the Hayden Residential School for Disadvantaged Youth in Boston, United Cerebral Palsy in Massachusetts, the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center in Boston, as well as a part-time occupational therapist at Bird S. Coler Rehabilitation Hospital in New York City. He also worked as a counseling psychologist at Queens College in New York City. Previously, he was the director of the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada; director of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and associate professor, graduate division, at Sargent College, Boston University. 

He is the first author with Kristine Haertl of Pocket Guide to Interventions in Occupational Therapy, Second Edition (2019); second author with Martin Rice and George Tomlin of Clinical Research in Occupational Therapy, Sixth Edition (2019); first author with Ingrid Soderback, Susan Cutler, and Barbara Larson of Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics: Applying Ergonomic Principles to Everyday Occupation in the Home and at Work (2006); first author with Susan Cutler of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Holistic Approach, Second Edition (2002); first author with Becky Roose of Pocket Guide to Treatment in Occupational Therapy (2000); author of Stress Management Questionnaire (2003); and more than 50 publications in journals and books related to rehabilitation and psychosocial research. He has also presented more than 100 seminars, workshops, institutes, short courses, and research papers at national and international conferences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.

Franklin has been married to Jennie for more than 50 years and has three children: David, a physician; Jessie, an artist; and Barbara, an occupational therapist.

Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS, is associate professor emerita, School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Houston Center, Texas. She completed her basic education in occupational therapy at the University of Kansas, earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, obtained a doctorate in special education from the University of Washington, and was awarded a second master’s in information and library studies from the University of Oklahoma. 

She has been active in occupational therapy for more than 50 years as a practitioner, educator, and consultant. She was a staff therapist in psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center, instructor in occupational therapy at the University of Washington in Seattle, founding director of the occupational therapy program at the University of Oklahoma, and a reference and education librarian at the Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library. 

Reed has authored or co-authored seven textbooks, including as the second author with Lori Andersen of The History of Occupational Therapy: The First Century (2017); author of Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy, Third Edition (2014); second author with Julie Pauls of Quick Reference to Physical Therapy, Second Edition (2004); first author with Sharon Sanderson of Concept of Occupational Therapy, Fourth Edition (1999); second author with Sally Pore of Quick Reference to Speech-Language Pathology (1999); first author with Sandra Cunningham of Internet Guide for Rehabilitation Professionals (1997); and author of Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy (1984). She was a named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 1975, received the AOTA Award of Merit in 1983, and presented the Eleanor Clarke Slagle lectureship at the AOTA annual conference in 1986. She has served in the AOTA Delegate and Representative Assemblies representing the state associations of Washington, Oklahoma, and Texas, and was chair of the AOTA Ethics Commission. 

In addition, Reed is a member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the Society for the Study of Occupation. She has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences, and has conducted workshops. Her interests include tracking assessments developed by occupational therapists, analyzing models of practice in occupational therapy, and studying the philosophy and history of the profession.