The Successful Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Student

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
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Book Description

The Successful Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Student is a stimulating new book that paves the way to the profession of occupational therapy. This book fulfills the needs of all OT and OTA students throughout their entire education by fully preparing them for their fieldwork assignments. This is an imperative learning tool for all students since all curricula include Level I and II fieldwork requirements, ranging from the associate’s level to a master’s program.

This complete fieldwork book contains a wide array of topics that guide the reader from the initial planning steps to the completion of successful fieldwork, including how to design fieldwork as a supervisor. It provides students with the opportunity to not only assess various situations, but also utilize their knowledge to demonstrate clinical reasoning. A multitude of activities are included from the first page to the last, designed to groom students for their fieldwork.

The Successful Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Student is the ultimate resource for OT/OTA students and the clinicians who educate them, providing a wealth of information while allowing for clinical reasoning to occur. This one-of-a-kind book contains unique features that will prove beneficial to students at varying degrees of education.


Each chapter includes activities and assignments for students to complete as they prepare for fieldwork. The text is filled with real-life fieldwork student cases. The text teaches how to prevent problems that can occur, as well as how to fix them when they do.

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Section I Introduction
Chapter 1 Purpose and Process of Fieldwork
Chapter 2 Learning Objectives for the Fieldwork Experience
Chapter 3 Professional Behaviors 

Section II Finding the Right Match
Chapter 4 Learning Styles
Chapter 5 Knowing Yourself
Chapter 6 Choosing the Right Fieldwork Sites
Chapter 7 Getting Organized
Chapter 8 Work All Day, Homework All Evening 

Section III Supervision
Chapter 9 Teams and Teamwork
Chapter 10 Supervision
Chapter 11 Fixing Fieldwork Problems
Chapter 12 Dealing with Withdrawal or Termination 

Section IV Transitions
Chapter 13 Transition Models
Chapter 14 Studying for the NBCOT Exam During Fieldwork
Chapter 15 Developing Your Professional Portfolio
Chapter 16 Writing a Résumé and Interviewing
Chapter 17 Professional Development
Chapter 18 Supervising Your Own Students 

Appendix A Important Contact Information
Appendix B Internet Resources 



“I would recommend this book to any student preparing to begin fieldwork and I believe it would be an excellent resource for academic and clinical fieldwork educators who are helping students to prepare for entry in the field.”

— Rebecca Leigh Cupps, BS, Divine, Inc.

About the Editors

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Karen Sladyk, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, earned her OT degree from Eastern Michigan University, her MS in community health from Southern Connecticut State University, and her PhD in adult and vocational education from the University of Connecticut. Currently the chair of OT at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, she is part of a faculty that offers both occupational therapy and occupational therapy assisting degrees. This fieldwork book is her eighth book with SLACK Incorporated. All her writing has been specifically designed to help students succeed in occupational therapy programs. When not busy with academic issues, Karen enjoys creative occupations, such as quilting, photography, and crafting. She volunteers at the local animal shelter. She lives in a 154-year-old house, in constant need of upkeep, with her two cats, Oliver and Laura.