Unconventional Occupational Therapy
Breaking Down Barriers
Advocating for non-traditional practice areas of OT with a focus on education, information sharing, and capacity building
Better Together: A Call for Action
My hopes are that this website will consist of a compilation of resources for all individuals interested in non-traditional practice areas. Too often, OTs are spending a significant amount of time doing endless research and "reinventing the wheel" while forgetting that our peers are our best network. Please assist me in making this a valuable tool for all the unconventional OTs out there.
Questions, concerns, information, or resources that you believe would be helpful are encouraged and welcomed. If you are willing to be interviewed for a podcast episode or are interested in making a short video discussing your experience within a non-traditional practice area to have placed on this website, I would love to hear from you! Also, if you are an individual working in a non-traditional practice area who is willing to offer observation hours, serve as a fieldwork educator to a student, or serve as a mentor to a practicing therapist, PLEASE contact me. Let's build bridges together!
What you'll find within this website...
Background InformationPopulation specific research regarding health and occupational challenges as well as contributing factors
Role of OT Research, descriptions, and examples of the roles OTs play
Support & Challenges of OT
Research and information detailing the support of OTs serving the population and the challenges they face
Theory, Assessment, & ApplicationDescriptions of appropriate OT theory, evaluation, and practice applications
Podcast Interviews Listen to discussions between the creator and OTs who work in emerging practice areas detailing their experiences
ResearchA list of relevant research articles for each topic
ResourcesA list of relevant competency trainings, podcasts, reports, websites, books, documents, CEU opportunities, and more
Small downloadable starter guides for beginning your journey into non-traditional areas of practice (Coming soon!)
Networking OpportunitiesThrough OT Connections, visitors can place an ad detailing their search for or willingness to offer observation hours, fieldwork education, or mentorship. (Coming soon!)
Busy life but still want to learn about
non-traditional practice areas?
Conveniently tune in while in the car, cooking dinner, or engaging in almost any other occupation! Episodes include discussions with OT who have experience in non-traditional practice areas.
Join the Unconventional OT Facebook group to get notifications on new website material, non-traditional practice area resources, and an opportunity to connect with other unconventional OTs!