So, this post will be brief.
I am back to paying some attention to the social media discussions of the OTD Mandate. I go in waves based on time demands, energy and tolerance. Recently I have seen some comments regarding entry-level competency and comparisons between current Masters students and current OTD students that I found disheartening. It has made me realize something.
I miss positive, visionary discussion about occupational therapy education!
The path that led me to support the notion of moving to a single point of entry at the OTD for the occupational therapist was primarily years of attendance at the Academic Leadership Council (formerly Program Directors) meetings. For years I had the opportunity to sit with those who I considered to be the preeminent thinkers about best model education in our profession. Discussions were focused on what we could do, what we needed to do to prepare students for practice of the future; to meet societal needs of the future. I learned SO much from these opportunities and more than that I left EVERY meeting energized and optimistic about our future. Even better I often left with concrete homework for what we could do in the educational program I worked in to improve the educational preparation of our students.
Do those conversations still happen?
I hope so!
I hope that it is only my move back into the hospital setting and out of secondary education that has removed me from awareness of these discussions and not that they have ceased! I hope that on a routine basis our educators are meeting and brimming over the edge with ideas about the possible; and not mired in the back and forth about whose vision for what is immediately next is more rationale.
I am hopeful because I certainly am involved in these types of discussions about the future of oncology rehabilitation and how care for cancer survivors can be improved. I am drawn to the energy of positive thought like a vampire to blood. So, I hope that it is only my physical absence from the ALC meetings and forums that is currently shielding me from visionary discussion about our educational future and not that visionary voices have been quieted.
If so, can someone send up a flare?
Just to tide me over until I return to academia and take up where I left off!
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