Broken Heart Ministries OT Field
Work Level I & II
to Field Work
OT Field Work in Bucharest, Romania with Broken Heart
Ministries includes a variety of settings such as:
orphanages (urban and rural settings);
hospitals (urban and rural settings).
Pediatric populations with developmental disabilities, orthopedic, neurological
and behavioral disabilities are addressed, ages ranging from birth to 21 years of age. The majority of the population is early
intervention, ages 0 - 6.
Work Level I Description
International OT Field Work Level I opportunities
are available every Spring for two weeks beginning in March. This unique experience allows master
students to broaden their understanding of their global responsibility as emergent practitioners in the field of
occupational therapy. Students visit a variety of treatment settings and actively participate in the development
of international practice. As American Ambassadors for the profession, they are able to experience the
intricacies of establishing culturally-relevant program interventions, assessment, treatment planning, and documentation.
Direct clinical supervision in country is provided by the Field
Work Program Director Dr. Renee McDannel, and visiting clinical instructors from the United States and Internationally.
In addition, Dr. Angie Lynch, has been a Clinical Supervisor for the past four years, and Desiree Go has
been a Clinical Supervisor for the past two years.
Professional development is the key word for this experience.
By participating in this placement , students are privileged to collaborate in intensive faculty /peer didactics
while experiencing the integration of practice and theory in the field of occupational therapy. As a
post-communist country, Romania has many needs. One is to secure access to qualified occupational therapy services.
We welcome all students whose hearts are open to serve the global community.
Field Work Level II Description
Field Work Level II placement for Occupational Therapy Students is available for master students who have completed all
academic course work. Selected candidates for this placement will complete 12 weeks of intensive occupation-based
practice which culminates with the students being eligible for certification, and the student having achieved the status of
a competent, entry-level, occupational therapist.
Unlike traditional Field Work Level II experiences, this
placement site offers extensive training in globalization of the profession and international affairs. Clinical
instruction is delivered in a mentor relationship where the master student and clinical instructor are paired together throughout
the experience, and the clinical instructor Dr. Renee McDannel provides translation for the student and patients. Scholarships
Post-graduate fellowships are offered annually to candidates who are interested
in broadening their international experience in pediatric practice. This fellowship is open to post-graduates
in the field of medicine, social work, psychology, recreation and education.