See this link for the news story that aired in mid February:
...But what relationship does this have to fieldwork?
Sylvia and a student partner were placed at Potential Place clubhouse for their 3rd fieldwork experience, OCCTH 527. As there is no Occupational Therapist on site, this setting is considered a role-emerging placement or, as we at the University of Alberta (U of A) term them, an Independent Community Placement (ICP). Daily on-site supervision is provided by one of the professional staff there and weekly OT supervision is provided by one of the clinical educators from the U of A. The benefits of using ICPs as a placement is that they foster opportunities for reflection, independence, self-direction, personal growth and professional growth of students. To date, Potential Place has partnered with the U of A in having 3 sets of students complete their OT placements. The role of OT is so appreciated that Sylvia was able to be hired as a Mental Health Worker following her graduation from the program. She continues to use her OT skills and lens to support the members of Potential Place to meet their goals for a productive life. As well, she is striving to create an official OT position with the clubhouse.
Who knows what opportunities may be developed and highlighted when offering placements!