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The 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, September 23rd – 27th, 2020. The theme of the Congress is “Occupational Therapy Europe – building resilience in individuals, communities and countries”.
The Joint Congress will offer an opportunity for expertise from education, practice, research and policy to join on the same platform. This will provide an opportunity for delegates to benefit from the integration of recent developments in all four aspects of practice. The Czech Association of Occupational Therapists and the Faculty of Arts at Charles University are the co-hosts of the Congress.
The planning of the Congress is in progress. COTEC Vice President Anu Söderström and ENOTHE Treasurer Ursula Gubler Thomann who are members of the Organising Committee and ENOTHE Board member Soemitro Poerbodipoero who is a member of the Scientific Committee.
Abstract submission and registration will open early 2019. Please follow the congress webpage for details about the abstract submission, program and registration.
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It is a great pleasure to announce that the official Greek version of the latest edition of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM- 5) will be available from the beginning of April. It is the first Occupational Therapy assessment tool focusing on client centered practice officially translated into Greek. Originating from Canada, it is internationally renowned and widely used, grounded on Occupational Therapy theory, appropriate for most areas of clinical practice. It will be a valuable resource for Greek speaking Occupational Therapists and their clients, with the potential of contributing to education and research.
The official translation into the Greek language and the scientific editing was done by Dr. Panagiotis Siaperas (OT and Research Associate of the University of Cambridge) and Ms. Polyxeni Skaltsi, MSc (Senior OT, Eginition Hospital, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens). Both editors are teaching staff of the Occupational Therapy department of the Metropolitan College in Greece (ENOTHE member).
Dr. P. Siaperas
Ms P. Skaltsi
The college for Occupational Therapy in Bremen started its program 3 years ago and just graduated the first course in January 2018.
In the new program we try to implement innovative ideas of teaching and learning and are very focused on the theory-practice-theory transfer and on international aspects of OT. We created several learning projects in collaboration with institutions throughout Bremen to realise hands on inform a learning experiences in combination with formal learning. So far we have:
In the United Kingdom (UK), evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement of being a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
As part of their education Occupational Therapy students in Wales are required to develop academic, personal and professional skills, understand the principles of CPD and to record evidence of their development on their journey towards professional qualification. Achievement of this is measured in a variety of ways including learning contracts, summative/formative assignments, placement assessment, reflections, portfolio entries and annual personal/professional development reviews (PDR).
Despite this focus in University, anecdotal evidence suggests many newly qualified occupational therapists find it difficult to understand the principles/importance of recognising their engagement in, applying their learning from and measuring the impact of their CPD. Students have also struggled to differentiate what does and does not contribute to CPD during their intensive studies. We have spent a number of years developing the TRAMm (Tell, Record, Activities, Monitor and measure) Model (Hearle et al. 2016) for CPD and are in the process of integrating the model to inform and guide personal and professional development within the occupational therapy curricula across both Cardiff and Glyndwr Universities in Wales, UK.
Italy became a contributing member of ENOTHE last year through the support of the Italian Scientific Association of Occupational Therapy (SITO) associated with the Italian Association of Occupational Therapists (AITO). The decision to join ENOTHE was made by the fact that Italian occupational therapists working to educate future colleagues are eager to exchange experiences with other occupational therapists throughout Europe and to be able to offer an international perspective of the profession to our students. Most of the students once licensed remain in the country, but there are some though working abroad (for example in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) to enrich their professional experiences.