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Level I Fieldwork

The goal of Level I fieldwork is to provide an introduction to the fieldwork experience, opportunities to apply theory to practice and develop "an understanding of the needs of clients" (ACOTE, 2012, p. 34). At Tufts, Level I fieldwork is completed concurrently with designated coursework, totally approximately 80 hours of required course-related Level I fieldwork.

At Tufts, Level I Fieldwork is a component of the following courses:

  • OTS 219 - Group Theory & Community Based Practice Service Learning Group (year 1)
  • OTS 224 - Occupational Therapy Practice in Physical Dysfunction (year 2)
  • OTS 226 - Occupational Therapy Practice in Pediatrics (year 2)
  • OTS 227 - OT Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction (year 2)

Level I Fieldwork Program Design:
Students participate in four Level I experiences, either alone, in pairs, or in small groups for a minimum of 16-20 hours per course. The models used are a combination of observation of aspects of occupational therapy and occupational therapy services (with limited participation) and student led groups in community-based settings as part of the service-learning component of OTS 219 Group Theory & Community Based Practice.

Students are placed in settings in the New England area including: MetroWest, North Shore, South Shore, and Cape Cod vicinities, as well as, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. When possible, occupational therapy practice course Level I fieldwork is part of a Same Site Model (Evenson, Barnes, and Cohn, AJOT 2002) of fieldwork wherein students are placed for Level I fieldwork at their future Level II fieldwork site.

Tufts Level I Professional Development Monitor (PDM) is the form used by Level I supervisors/fieldwork educators to document performance on Level I fieldwork experiences.

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