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Professional Issues

Licensure for OTA's

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What are the Kansas Requirements for Licensure as an OTA? Completion of an educational program that meets accreditation standards. Proof of having passed national board exam Fees - $80 for license ($25 for temporary license) Renewal yearly by March 31st 40 hours of continuing education credit every
Formal Supervisory Function Administrative (scheduling, delegating work, performance review/reporting) Educational (orientation, training, feedback)
Informal Supervision Peer supervision Mentoring
Direct Supervision Supervisor is present during job performance Time consuming, but provides firsthand observation of skills
Indirect Supervision Occurs after job performance Communicating with supervisee, reviewing documentation, receiving reports from others
Giving Feedback Descriptive vs. Evaluative Specific vs. General Focused on behaviors rather than personal characteristics or personality
Supervision for OTA's Occupational therapy assistants must be supervised by an OT *when providing occupational therapy services* The OT is ultimately responsible for all aspects of service delivery OTAs are expected to seek appropriate supervision
Supervision of Fieldwork Level II FW students must be supervised by OT practitioners Level II OTA students may be supervised by and OT or OTA with at least 1 year of experience after initial certification Level I students may be supervised by OTs, OTAs, or professionals
Level 2 Fieldwork Supervision The student is supervised by a currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who has a minimum of 1 year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator.
Level 2 Fieldwork Supervision-2 OT students will be supervised by an occupational therapist. OTA students will be supervised by an OT or an OTA in partnership with the OT who is supervising the OTA
Supervision of Aides and Techs Aides can perform: Non-client-related tasks (clerical, clinic maintenance, preparation of work areas/equipment) Selected client-related tasks that are routine and supervised by an OT/OTA Aide must first demonstrate competency
What is considered Routine? Must meet 4 criteria: Outcome anticipated is predictable Situation of the client and environment is stable and will not require judgment, interpretation, or adaptation by the aide Client has demonstrated previous performance ability in executing
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Responsible for guiding/developing OT’s standards and code of ethics and for defining scope of practice in the U.S. Members – OTs, OTAs, Students Annual Conference & Exposition
Who Guides AOTA's Decisions? Officers and Board of Directors Representative Assembly (RA) – Makes the policies that govern the association Commissions – Generate/develop policies and standards that are sent to the RA for deliberation
AOTA Special Interest Sections Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Physical Disabilities Sensory Integration Gerontology Technology Work Programs Administration and Supervision Education
AOTA Member Benefits Access to AJOT & OT Practice Tools and resources for practice, education, and research Customized membership in 11 Special Interest Sections Legislative advocacy on your behalf Continuing education opportunities for licensure renewal
Accredition for the Council for Occupational Therapy Education Works under AOTA Members are OTs and OTAs, as well as a representative from the public Develops and implements standards for OT and OTA educational programs Curriculum Credentials of faculty
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Regulates practice of OT (and other health professions) within the state of Kansas Provides licensure and renewal
American Occupational Therapy Foundation Charitable organization established to advance the science of OT and increase public understanding Maintains the Wilma West Library and OT SEARCH Provides scholarships and financial assistance for research
National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists Credentialing body of OTs and OTAs practicing in the U.S. Develops and administers certification exam Exams are comprehensive and are designed to measure the knowledge and skills required for an OT or OTA to enter practice
World Federation of Occupational Therapy Official international organization for the promotion of OT 73 member organizations around the world Represents over 350,000 occupational therapists internationally. WFOT has prepared guidelines to assist qualified OT practitioners
Why is it Important to practice in Professional Organizations? State Level (KOTA) National Level (AOTA/AOTF) International Level (WFOT)
Created by: lcurtis