Ways to reflect and develop as an Occupational Therapist
For the occupational therapist, clinical experience develops over time. This occurs through learning on the job and applying experiences to situations. Adding evidence-based information into clinical needs and using research-based strategies is another important piece to clinical experience. As therapists, we strive to develop and grow our clinical expertise. However, there can be challenges to professional development; time, cost, energy, geographic location, and limited networking opportunities can interfere with professional growth. One way to overcome these challenges is to make individual professional development a priority by reflecting on clinical experiences.