Clinical Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy
The clinical fieldwork in O.T. in the psychiatric ward is open to students from all universities that teach the profession: The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, The University of Tel Aviv and The University of Haifa, and to students from all years in which fieldwork takes place; that is, the second, third and fourth years.
Understandably, because of the special connection between Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University, preference is given to students from Jerusalem.
The Supervision provided throughout the clinical fieldwork is given in the belief that the fieldwork is a major factor in the professionalization process of the student, on the one hand, as an opportunity to integrate theoretical information with familiarization and practice in the application of therapeutic skills, and on the other hand, as a process of professional socialization.
The main method of acquiring an understanding of the field and knowledge of the art of therapy is by way of the clinical fieldwork.
The supervision, length of fieldwork and the content of supervision are decided upon through constant co-ordination and co-operation with the lecturers and supervisors in the Universities.
Social Work Field Work Instruction
The Mental Health Clinic, In-Patient Unit and the Trauma and Stress Reduction Center offer field work instruction opportunities to social work students from the Hebrew University, The Judea and Samaria Academic College and Wurtzweiller School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
The students are trained in psycho-social assessment, individual psychotherapeutic interventions and short-term family interventions. They acquire skills for gathering collateral information, entitlement counseling, and power of attorney and guardianship procedures.
The multi-disciplinary staff provides a forum for discussion, deliberation and learning. Students are exposed to ethical questions and issues. They are expected to initiate and complete a project which is designed to contribute to the patient, service/community and personal knowledge such as compilation of a service directory, serving in groups designed for patients and/or their families as well as in community action.
Students are supervised by senior social workers and are expected to participate in lecture/workshops and bi-weekly support groups under the auspices of the social work department field work training center.
They are taught generic social work skills within an Eco-Systems Paradigm. Their practice skills include individual intra-psychic and interpersonal assessments and interventions, focusing on concrete (economic, housing, recreational, etc..) and personal developmental issues.
Students are provided with a knowledge base for continued study and social work practice in a variety of areas.