On The air
List of Episodes
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Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and is the founder and clinical director at Sarah Bryan Therapy.
On this episode, Sarah and I continue our conversation from Episode 11 as we talk about mentorship in the field of occupational therapy, including the process for and benefits of becoming a mentor, finding a mentor, transparency and teamwork, and non-traditional mentors.
I took the AOTA fieldwork educators certificate course, and that really got me thinking about [using a] more collaborative model [in fieldwork education and mentorship]." ~Sarah Putt
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Always believe in yourself, and, if you're passionate about doing something, go do it. A lot of times you'll come out of [OT] school and you feel like you don't know everything, and that's ok! You can still accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish." ~Sarah Putt
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It's something I'd like to see our professional organization ... take more of a firm stance about: It's our responsibility - and really it's our privilege - as OT practitioners to "pay it forward." ~Stephanie Lancaster, on mentoring others in OT
Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and is the founder and clinical director at Sarah Bryan Therapy, a home-based pediatric occupational therapy private practice in Los Angeles, CA. Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. She specializes in working with children from birth to three years of age who have or are at risk for having developmental delays. Sarah is extremely passionate about promoting and sharing about the value of OT. She has partnered with programs in Iceland, Peru and Ecuador and plans to expand her international work in the future. Sarah also serves as a clinical fieldwork educator and provides mentorship to students on fieldwork as well as to newly graduated OTs and those interested in entering the field of OT.
On this episode, Sarah shares about her background and her path into OT and into private practice. She talks about learning the business side of things in OT, working abroad, interprofessional work and relationship building, medical missions, and promoting OT in the field.
We continue our conversation in Episode 12, which will be focused on the topic of mentorship in the field of OT.
If it's something that you want to do, you just need to go out and do it! You'll learn as you go and figure out exactly what it is that you need to do as you go along." ~Sarah Putt
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I want to emphasize that it's really important ... to recognize and respect the boundaries of our knowledge - but also not to be afraid to tap into resources and to ask for help." ~Stephanie Lancaster
Karen Dobyns, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, also known as Miss Awesomeness, is a pediatric occupational therapist as well as adjunct faculty in the OTA program at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA. She got her Master's degree at UTHSC in Memphis in 2009 and then completed her post-professional clinical doctorate through Rocky Mountain several years ago. She is currently working on getting her first children's picture book published (The Centipede Who Couldn't Tie His Shoes) which has some OT strategies built in to it. She's also a big fan of incorporating the "flow arts" into OT, which includes hula hoop dance, flow wand, poi, and more. She has many interests and can always find a way to tie them into OT, although her number one OT passion has to do with addressing the daily mental health needs of clients - and students!
On this episode, Karen shares about how she got her nickname, bibliotherapy - or using books as a therapeutic tool, her soon-to-be-released children's book, her work with the flow arts, and the importance of incorporating strategies to promote mental health in OT practice and in our own lives as OT students and practitioners.
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In occupational therapy, much is said about the idea of health, well-being, and occupational balance. Therapists promote the idea that maintaining a balance in work, rest, and leisure is important to preserving or improving mental and physical well-being. However, we often don’t practice what we preach."
The host of the On The Air podcast, I have practiced as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and am an OT educator specializing in ed tech and instructional design.