LaGuardia Community College
City University of New York
SCO204. OT Process in Psychosocial and Geriatric Conditions
Spring I – 2013
Professors: Alfred G Blake, MA, OTR/L and Darnell Young, MA,OTR/L
firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Monday 5:15-5:45PM
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All readings are to be done in advance of the class for which they are assigned. Readings for first day are to be done before second day, as are all readings assigned for second day. Examinations will focus on information from the readings. Some but not all readings will be discussed in class. Instructor will answer any reading-related questions in class time, so be prepared to ask questions and follow the discussion. Key to acronyms for readings appears towards end of syllabus.
Class meets in computer lab for one hour per week; this is our assigned classroom for that hour but we will not always use the computers. All other hours meet in assigned classroom.
See list of program policies at the end of this syllabus.
Topic, Readings, Assignments
Computer lab and lecture: Occupation, health, balance of occupations, mental health: After this class read MHCT Ch 1, OTWE Ch 5.
Lecture: Normal development (adolescence to aging), safety issues, culture and life cycle: Read MHCT Chs 5 and 9 and 12, and OTWE Ch 1 and 2 and 9.
Computer lab: Web resources on aging.
Lecture: Normal aging – physical and sensory changes: Read OTWE Chs 3, 15, 16.
DSM-IV-TR – Lifespan issues and mental health and occupation: Read MHCT Ch. 6 and 9, OTWE Ch. 20 and 21.
Lecture: Therapeutic use of self, supervision: Read MHCT Chs 10 and 24.
Computer lab: Supervision issues
Exam One (15%) – 50 minutes
Theories of mental health and mental illness: Read MHCT Ch. 2.
Case study assignment discussed
OT Practice Models: Read MHCT Ch 3.
OT Practice Models: Read MHCT Ch 4, OTWE Ch 7
Computer lab: Theories, theories and more theories
OT Practice Models: Continue to read and review MHCT Ch. 3 and 4, and OTWE Ch. 7.
Intervention process, screening and evaluation: Read MHCT Ch. 14, 15.
Computer lab: Theories, theories and more theories
Case study - peer review of sections 1 and 2
Lecture: Intervention process, intervention planning and implementation: Read MHCT Ch. 16.
No Computer Lab
Exam Two (15%) – 50 minutes
OT role in end of life, death and dying: Read OTWE Ch 23, 24, 25, 26.
Case study - peer review of sections 3 and 4
Symptoms and behaviors. Read MHCT Cp 11
Computer lab: Death and dying.
Symptoms and Behaviors, continued.
Lecture: Environmental modifications, falls reduction, restraint reduction
READ: OTWE Ch 14
Case study - peer review of section 5
Use of groups in OT; maintenance and task roles; group skills related to occupational performance in work, leisure, IADL, and various contexts.
Case study - draft due (3 copies with cover letter)
Exam Three (15%) – 50 minutes
Medication; medication management
Case study - return of drafts with reviews
Lecture: intervention implementation, modification, termination; outcomes
Computer lab (first hour) – Intervention contexts; the consumer in society
Read: MHCT, Ch. 7, OTWE, Ch 8
Computer Lab: Utilization Review
The Medical Record, chart audits, quality assurance, utilization review.
Read: MHCT, Ch. 17
Case study - DUE TODAY (30% of grade)
Simulated town meeting (learning activity)
Lecture: occupational therapy, history, future, dealing with change
READ: OTWE Ch 6
Computer Lab: Complete course survey
Final exam (25%)
Byers-Connon S, Lohman H, Padilla R. Occupational Therapy With Elders current edition, Mosby-Elsevier. (OTWE)
Early MB. Mental Health Concepts and Techniques for the Occupational Therapy Assistant 4th edition. 2008, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. (MHCT)
Policies for OTA Courses:
(1) Attendance and punctuality: Instructors of courses in the occupational therapy assistant program will apply the attendance policies of LaGuardia Community College in determining grades This means that multiple instances of absence ( more than 3 )may result in failing or reduced grades. Three late arrivals without a compelling reason will be counted as an absence. The following are NOT compelling reasons: traffic, parking problems, need to return home for forgotten homework, etc.
(2) Courtesy, respect, professional behavior: Further, in accordance with the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and the College's culture of respect, all participants in the educational process are expected to demonstrate courteous and respectful behaviors to each other and to the public. Faculty will contact students who demonstrate difficulties in this area for individual conferences and further action, and whenever possible will initiate contact before the last date for withdrawal from courses.
(3) Academic integrity: LaGuardia's policy, reads as follows, "The college has established an Academic Integrity Policy that describes procedures and penalties for students who are suspected of academic dishonesty. This includes cheating, plagiarism, academic fraud, misconduct on internship or clinical affiliations, and bribery. Copies of the Academic Integrity Policy are available in the Student Government Office, the Student Life and Development Office, Counseling Cluster offices and the Library." The occupational therapy assistant program faculty and staff will support and enforce the college's policy.
(4) Grading: The college's grading policy appears in the current school catalog. Within the occupational therapy assistant courses, the lowest passing grade possible is a "C". All grades numerically below "70" are scored as "F". The "INC" grade is given only with compelling evidence of need and an appropriate excuse with pertinent documentation from the appropriate authorities or agencies (e.g., physician, court). Instructors are permitted to use "INC" grade only for students who are doing passing work, and only with a written contract with the instructor. Late assignments will result in an automatic loss of 1 letter grade per day late.
(5) Cellphones and communication devices: Consistent with the program's policy on the culture of respect, all participants in the educational process (faculty, staff, and students) must turn off all beepers, pagers, cellphones and other communication devices while in class. Students with emergency situations MUST speak with the instructor privately before class, to be given permission to keep devices on in vibration mode only (no ringing tones).
Monday March4, 2013 First day of class
Thursday April 4, 2013 Last day to apply for OTA candidacy
Friday April 5, 2013 Last day to apply for graduation
Tuesday April 24, 2013 Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
Monday May 27, 2013 No Classes
Finals June 7-13, 2013