Community Therapy Center
The Westbrook College of Health Professions' Community Therapy Center provides comprehensive therapeutic services to children with developmental/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and physical disabilities. Through its team of professional occupational therapists and physical therapists, the Center strives to improve clients' abilities to engage in daily life activities or occupations. . As a UNE student pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, you may participate in the work being done at the Center through job shadowing and fieldwork. These experiences enable you to see first-hand the benefits of an interprofessional approach to meeting clients' needs.
You develop occupation-based practice with infants, children, youth, and families including skill development, theoretical application, and clinical reasoning. You learn hands-on skills and develop occupation-based practice in preparation for work in schools, early intervention settings, community agencies, and medical settings.
The Transdisciplinary Playgroup is a hands-on Interprofessional Education program of the Westbrook College of Health Professions, which was recently the topic of the cover story of OT Practice Magazine. The Transdisciplinary Playgroup services children ages 18 months to 3 years and their families, while providing valuable real world education for occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and nursing students. As a second year occupational therapy student, you participate in the playgroup; as a first-year student you document therapeutic observations.
In physical and psychosocial disability lab courses, you build practical, hands-on skills in evaluating and intervening with adults, throughout the lifespan, who are experiencing disruptions in occupations due to acute and chronic physical and psychiatric disabilities. You develop the technical skills required to competently practice as occupational therapists through interactive learning labs. The labs include use of UNE's Clinical Simulation Program. These skills include evaluation procedures, case study analyses and structured lessons.
You will engage in a variety of interprofessional learning experiences over two years. This includes working with Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Social Work and medical students on projects, clinical work and cases. You will develop skills to work with teams of professionals to benefit future clients.