Grad Reception to Recognize November 2009 Grads

Thursday, November 26 marks the day we honour our November 2009 Master of Rehabilitation Science graduates. If you did not receive your invitation and would like to attend please email by November 13.

The graduates and their research topics are:

Kathy Davidson: Early Intervention Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists in British Columbia: What is a Manageable Caseload Size?

Kathy Hatchard: Self-Directing Return to Mainstream Work Following Acute Mental Illness: Educational Needs and Strategies

Karen Hurbutise: Parents’ Experiences in Role Negotiation in the Family Centred Model of the Infant Services Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital

Twila Mills: Implementing Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) [Phase I]: Exploring Experiences of Community Therapists in Implementing GAS and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in a Mental Health Day Program.

Darlene Russell: Patients’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Performance-Based Occupational Therapy Programs

Ellie Wray: Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapists Working in Early Intervention Therapy Programs

These graduates facilitated enriching online discussions of their completed major project research in September. It was exciting to participate in these presentations with these fall graduates, their research supervisors and agency sponsors. Whether they were talking about the influence of their workplace research on their practice, sharing ideas from their research participants, or exploring data analysis and research design pros and cons, their online discussions were full of enthusiasm for research, their experiences and the many ideas for future research that emerged. Collaborative, supportive and engaged were all fitting descriptors!

Full abstracts of this research will be posted by the end of November in our growing ‘abstracts’ library on the program website.

We are currently conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness the current model of providing distance supervision for the major projects and develop a confidential approach for obtaining learners’, supervisors’ and sponsors’ feedback on their major project experience.


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