Occupational Therapy - Fieldwork Educators Webpage

Welcome! This webpage provides helpful resources for Fieldwork Educators who are currently supervising or scheduled to supervise fieldwork students from Samuel Merritt University.

For clinicians who are interested in becoming a Fieldwork Educator, please review the resources on this page. For more information, please contact:

Donna Breger Stanton, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Level II
Associate Professor

Goli Hashemi, MPH, OTR/L

Assistant to Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Level II

Adjunct Professor

510-869-6511 x3112    ghashemi@samuelmerritt.edu


Beth Ching, MEd, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Level I
Assistant Professor
510-869-6511 x4918

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Fieldwork Educators receive free continuing education each year
at the Annual Fieldwork Educators' Collaborative Meeting.

What are the benefits of being a Fieldwork Educator?

Being a Fieldwork Educator is highly rewarding because Fieldwork Educators play a vital role in preparing the next generation of occupational therapists. Fieldwork Educators assist students to translate academic knowledge and occupational therapy theory to practice. Fieldwork Educators (FWE) also serve a critical role in cultivating professional behaviors and interpersonal skills in students. Fieldwork Educators make an enormous contribution to the future of the occupational therapy profession.  In return, the stimulation for learning is given back to the supervising therapist just by the work involved in promoting a learning environment for the student.

Most Fieldwork Educators find that supervising a student enhances their own level of professionalism and clinical skills. Articulating clinical rationales and role modeling reflective practice for students benefits the supervising therapist's own professional growth. In addition, students bring enthusiasm, current knowledge, and innovation to fieldwork sites. They also contribute by completing research or clinical projects to meet the site's needs.

It is important to re-clarify that by supervising students, Fieldwork Educators earn professional development units (PDUs) for licensure or NBCOT certification  renewal.  Currently there are efforts to work with the California Board of Occupational Therapists to allow equivalent PDUs for licensure with student supervision.