Emerging 2 OT: The Journey So Far

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to share my experiences at the Emerging 2 OT student conference, organised by Michelle Perryman (@Symbolic_Life) and her fantastic team. Live tweets from the day have been compiled in a GrabChat, and analytics are available on Symplur for those ultra-geeks out there (it’s okay, you can click the link, I count myself in this category).

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Hazel Clerkin and I facilitated three workshops about the transition from student to newly qualified practitioner within the National Health Service. The Prezi can be viewed at this link. We drew on the Kawa Model and a Coping Tree as visual representations of the challenges and strategies we experienced during our transitions. Workshop participants were invited to create their own, and the result was this shared expression of expectations of the transition’s challenges (leaves) and coping strategies/resources (butterflies):

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Having received a few requests for ideas about how to structure continuing professional development portfolios, I decided to brave it and bring my own for delegates to look at. Below is a photo of my portfolio which is based on the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the College of Occupational Therapists Preceptorship Handbook. People were particularly interested in the visual reflections, and I hope to write more about this in the future.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend any of the other sessions, but judging from the atmosphere and live tweets, they were informative and thought-provoking. @pd2ot’s blog post gives a flavour of what the day was like. (If anyone else has blogged about it or has a reflection they would like to share, please let me know!)

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