Professional Behaviour of Students while on Fieldwork

Within the occupational therapy program, students are involved in fieldwork practice under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist. Students should consider that expectations of professional interactions, dress code and professional behaviours may be distinct in each organization. Although general guidelines are provided in this manual, norms may be unique in each program or organization. Students will practice within the guidelines of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and are required to follow the ‘OT Student Code of Conduct and Guidelines’ as documented in the OS&OT Graduate Student Handbook.

Students will recognize that their clinical work may put them in positions of power with clients. Students must not take advantage of this position to advocate for their personal gain, values or beliefs. Students will at all times adhere to the standards of ethical behaviour for the profession of Occupational Therapy (please refer to the CAOT and COTO Code of Ethics below) and their professional activities will be characterized by honesty, integrity, conscientiousness and reliability.