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Title: Educating occupational therapists for mental health practice
Authors: Craik, C
Austin, C
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Citation: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 63 (7) 335-339
Abstract: The last of four elements of the Mental Health Project, established by the College of Occupational Therapists to produce a position paper on the way ahead for research, education and practice in occupational therapy in mental health (Craik et al 1998a), focused on educating occupational therapy students to work in mental health. First, the views of practitioners about their pre-registration education were derived from one component of the practitioners' survey (Craik et al 1998b). One hundred and eleven (81%) practitioners considered that their pre-registration education had been sufficient or partially sufficient to meet their needs on first working in mental health. Secondly, the views of occupational therapy educators were elicited by a short qualitative survey that replicated three questions about future issues in mental health, which had formed a key constituent of both the practitioners' survey (Craik et al 1998b) and the managers' survey (Craik et al 1999). Important issues for educators were focusing on clients who would benefit most from occupational therapy in community and primary care settings, preparing undergraduates for the unique approach of occupational therapy and the need for more research to support evidence-based practice. Both groups highlighted the value of positive fieldwork placements.
ISSN: 0308-0226
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Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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