Teaching Opportunities

The Department is seeking members from our clinical community to support teaching at our St. George (downtown Toronto) and Mississauga campuses. If you hold a status-only appointment in the Department, your service will contribute to your appointment hours.

Term 3 (May-August 2019)

Course: OCT1161H: Enabling Occupation with Adults – Part 1
Opportunity: Reading seminar facilitator
Instructor: Prof. Emily Nalder (emily.nalder@utoronto.ca)
We are preparing for the Enabling Occupation with Adults Course – Part 1, which will run throughout June and July 2019, and we are looking for volunteers to assist us with facilitating reading seminars. In the past, we have appreciated the assistance from many of our OT partners who have played a significant role in contributing to the education of our OT students.
The course focuses on occupational therapy practice with adults with neurological conditions. The reading seminars are similar to a journal club in practice. In small groups, the students critically appraise research articles, discuss the concepts and treatment approaches, and apply the information to clinical scenarios. Volunteers facilitating reading seminars can use these experiences to develop their own personal teaching and education goals.
Commitment: Three seminars are planned this year,  tentatively scheduled for Thursday June 20,  Tuesday July 9, and Thursday July 18. All seminars will be held 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
Location
: 500 University Ave. (St. George/downtown campus) and 3359 Mississauga Rd (Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (UTM campus).
Application instructions: Please contact Emily if you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity.
Note: All seminars are scheduled to include a 1 hour pre-lab meeting with the TA. During this time, the TA will review the material and process for the labs and answer any questions that facilitators may have.

Continuing Opportunities

Course: OCT1190Y: Building Practice through Mentorship
Opportunity: Work with one small group of students
Instructors: Profs. Lynn Cockburn (l.cockburn@utoronto.ca) and Anne Fourt (anne.fourt@utoronto.ca)
This class runs throughout the full 2-year MScOT program. Each OT mentor works with a small group of students to build reflective practice skills and support professional development throughout the two years of the Occupational Therapy program. Mentors are experienced OTs who are exemplary role models, have strong group facilitation skills.
Commitment: 25 meetings over the 2 years of the program
Location: 500 University Ave. (St. George/downtown campus) and 3359 Mississauga Rd (Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (UTM campus).
Application  instructions: Contact Lynn Cockburn or Anne Fourt to apply. You can also nominate an OT who you believe would be a great mentor.

Term 2 (January-April 2019)

Course: OCT1152Y: Musculoskeletal Structure & Function Perspectives in Occupational Therapy
Opportunity: Biomechanical/Clinical Skills Lab Assistants
Instructor:  Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia (behdin.nowrouzi.kia@utoronto.ca)
We are preparing for the Biomechanics course that will begin in January 2019.  Once again, we are looking for volunteer OTs to assist us with teaching labs in each of these courses. In the past, we have appreciated the assistance from many of our OT partners who have played a significant role in contributing to the education of our OT students. Volunteers can use these experiences to develop their own personal teaching and education goals.
Location:500 University Ave. (St. George/downtown campus) and 3359 Mississauga Rd (Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (UTM campus). Lab rooms will vary and will be announced prior to labs.
Labs:

  1. Goniometry
  2. Spine and Posture 1
  3. Spine and Posture 2
  4. Muscle Strength Testing  (please bring dynamometers and pinch gauges if possible)
  5. Clinical Skills – Consolidation of Goniometry and MMT skills (please bring dynamometers and pinch gauges if possible)
  6. Lower Extremity

Please contact Behdin if you’re interested in this opportunity.

Note: All labs are scheduled to include a 1 hour pre-lab meeting with the TA. During this time, the TA will review the lab material that will be reviewed during the lab.


Course: OCT1162Y: Mental Health  Foundations in Occupational Therapy
Opportunity: Facilitators for large and small groups
Instructor:  Prof. Bonnie Kirsh (bonnie.kirsh@utoronto.ca)

Dr. Kirsh is seeking facilitators for small and large groups with experience in mental health for labs including, but not limited to:

  1. Recovery
  2. Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Mental Health
  3. Psychodynamic Approaches and Projective Art
  4. Group Dynamics
  5. Therapeutic Use of Self and Communication
  6. Workplace Mental Health

A more complete list of opportunities with dates is forthcoming.

Please contact Bonnie if you’re interested in helping out in the mental health foundations course.

Term 5 (January – March 2019)

Course: OCT1271H Enabling Occupations with Older Adults: Part 2
Opportunity: Facilitators for large and small groups
Instructor: Dr. Lynn Cockburn (l.cockburn@utoronto.ca)
We are preparing for the Older Adults course that begins in January 2019 and looking for volunteer OTs to be part of this course. We really value the assistance of our OT partners who contribute to the education of these senior OT students. Volunteers can use these experiences to learn about current practices, and to develop their own personal teaching and education goals.
Dr. Cockburn is seeking OT facilitators for seminars, case-based discussions, and labs including, but not limited to:

  • Cognitive screening and assessment
  • In Home OT, and Home modifications
  • Case based discussions about OT enabling strategies with clients who are aging with long term disabilities
  • Financial issues and Poverty
  • Older adults with frailty and with intellectual/developmental disability
  • Pain
These sessions take place on Tuesday and Friday mornings from January to March 2019.
For details, please contact Dr. Cockburn: l.cockburn@utoronto.ca