CE Article: The Occupational Designer: New Frontiers in Teaching and Clinical Practice
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SKU: CEA1017

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2017

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Kimberly S. Mollo, OTD, OTR/L

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Mikael Avery, MS, OTR/L, MArch

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)



Collaborative problem-solving events incorporating individuals within the health care, design, and engineering fields that use design thinking (DT) to address current health care issues are becoming more commonplace in educational and professional settings. By recognizing occupational therapy’s creative foundation, bringing it to bear on today’s opportunities, and working across disciplines, the occupational therapy profession can become a key partner in these interprofessional education (IPE) design experiences, effectively working to meet the objectives stated in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (2017) Vision 2025. This article discusses implications for increasing occupational therapy students’ exposure to and presence within design through implementing IPE design experiences as part of current occupational therapy education. Examples of design experiences within occupational therapy curricula that meet Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ACOTE® (2012) standards and that can enhance student learning and future practice within this innovative frontier are provided.


­­­Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the benefits of engaging in IPE design experiences using DT

2. Describe IPE design experiences that use DT as a consideration for occupational therapy practice

3. Recognize current academic environments that can support IPE design experiences

4. Identify outcome tools that will objectively measure the efficacy of IPE design experiences


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Target Audience:

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus:

Education, Academic program, design thinking, clinical reasoning


Reference Information:

Mollo, Kimberly S.; Avery, Mikael (2017) The Occupational Designer: New Frontiers in Teaching and Clinical Practice, OT Practice, 22(19). CE-1–CE-8