One of the strengths and weaknesses of occupational therapy is that the field encompasses a wide range of ages and occupations. As a profession, there are many subskills that therapists can build on and refine. For a new graduate, this may appear overwhelming. When selecting which area you would like to obtain or refine, consider: the demographic of your clientele (e.g. pediatric school-based, geriatric skilled nursing facility, hand therapy, etc.), areas of personal growth (e.g. therapeutic rapport, clinical reasoning, etc.), subskills (e.g. Therapeutic Listening, kinesiology taping), and your post-professional goals (e.g. pediatric certification, director of rehabilitation).
Based-upon your clientele, areas of growth, and post-professional goals create a list of models, theories, and techniques that would target those goals. Create a short-list of 2-3 models, theories, or intervention techniques that are the most relevant for your current position.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a comprehensive list of over 4,500 trusted and accredited CEU programs. Now, utilize your short-list of models, theories, and intervention techniques to narrow your search. You can find applicable programs for your profession, within your state, based upon your area of expertise, using your preferred learning style (distance learning interactive, distance learning independent, live, or hybrid).
Almost all continuing education courses are reviewed by fellow clinicians. Take time to read through their reviews. Additionally, ask your peers, co-workers, and employers their reviews of the courses they enrolled in.
Each CEU course will advance your clinical reasoning, expertise, and add professional value to your company. However, many courses have significant enrollment fees in order to pay their educators. Prior to enrollment, check to see what your company can offer for continuing education reimbursement.
Once you have completed the course, share your wealth of knowledge with your company and co-workers. Develop resources and present at a voluntary company-wide in-service! Upload your resources to the company database so that other clinicians, fieldwork advisors, and fieldwork students may expand their skillsets.