Developing Professional Behaviors

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-04-06
  • Publisher: Slack Incorporated

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This timely book provides a focused approach for developing a challenging yet vital and necessary area for professional success in health care practitioners -- the development of professional behaviors. It addresses the essential elements that are necessary to perform professionally in society, such as dependability, professional presentation, initiative, empathy, and cooperation. These behaviors are developed through the recognition of skills, practice, experience, role mentorship, and evaluative feedback.The issues of professional behavior are directed specifically toward the health care professional. Emphasizing the importance of these behaviors in students can only help to strengthen them for professional roles. This book utilizes case vignettes, structured learning activities and exercises, and self-reflection and evaluation techniques. It helps to define what professionalism means, and presents strategies to enhance its development. Features Professional Development Assessment. Case Vignettes, Activities, and Exercises. Structured Activities for Professional Behaviors.

Author Biography

Jack Kasar is the founding chairman of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton. He received a B.A. in Psychology from West Chester University, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.   

Dr. Kasar has been involved in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 25 years. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, and has held several clinical positions, including Director of Occupational Therapy Services at White Haven Center.   

From the past 15 years, Dr. Kasar has worked in the area of Occupational Therapy education and has held the positions of Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator. He has taught course work in Human Development, Occupational Therapy Theory, Kinesiology, Neuroanatomy, and Occupational Therapy Practice courses in Developmental Disabilities and in Physical Rehabilitation.    

Dr. Kasar is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, and Sensory Integration International. His research interests include: curriculum development, sensory integration and neurological approaches, functional assessments, and in particular, the development of professional behaviors.   

Nelson Clark began his professional career in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict as an administrative, personnel, and recruiter technician. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri, and following graduation accepted a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps.   

Nelson served as a staff occupational therapist and department head in many areas, including psychiatry, hand therapy, orthotics, and special needs children. He received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of San Jose. He eventually attained the position of Specialty Section Advisor for Occupational Therapy to the Naval Surgeon General.  

Following retirement from the military, Nelson entered academics and was Program Director of the Associate Degree program for Occupational Therapy Assistants at Mount Aloysius College for 7 years. During this time, he served for 4 years as a Division Director for Allied Health.   

Nelson has authored and edited a number of books, journal articles, and manuals. As an inventor, he has been awarded two patents for products that are being marketed successfully. He received the Maddock Award twice for his contributions to the profession of Occupational Therapy. Nelson is currently in private practice as a counselor, and is planning to operate and manage his own business, a small golf course, which is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2000.

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Acknowledgments xi
About the Editors xiii
Contributing Authors xv
Introduction xvii
PART ONE: Behind the Scenes: Background and Underlying Factors
The Meaning of Professionalism
Jack Kasar
Professionalism in a Variety of Disciplines
Professionalism in Nursing
Professionalism in Occupational Therapy
Professional Behaviors
Guiding Ethics
Elizabeth Kanny
Ethics and Values
Major Ethical Principles
Major Ethical Theories
Moral Development
Ethical Problem-Solving
Developing Professionalism
Developmental Framework
Mary E. Muscari
Looking into the Future
PART TWO: The Right Stuff: Professional Behaviors
Paul Petersen
Dependability Defined
How Dependability is Developed
Case Stories/Anecdotal Vignettes
Exercises to Develop Dependability
Professional Presentation
Jan Larkey
Seven Seconds to Image Impact
Body Language
Looking Professional
The Blink Test
Exercises for Professional Presentation
Threese A. Clark
Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Initiative/Motivation
Development of Initiative/Motivation
Methods and Ideas
Marrian L. Farrell
Mary E. Muscari
Developing Empathy
Demonstrating Empathy
Levels of Development
Case Stories/Anecdotal Vignettes
Exercises to Develop Empathy
Marlene J. Morgan
Cooperation in Teams and Groups
Development of Cooperative Teams
Roles of Members
Developing Skills
Teamwork and Career Development
Exercises to Develop Cooperation
E. Nelson Clark
The Need for Organization
The Function of Organization
Organzation as Meaningful Order
Capacity for Delay
The Organized Individual
An Organizational Task
Clinical Reasoning
Threese A. Clark
Nature of Clinical Reasoning
Development of Clinical Reasoning
Levels of Development
Methods and Ideas
Supervisory Process
Sherry L. Pfister
Barbara Tennent-Ponterio
Learning Supervision
Behavioral Style Questionnaire
Supervisory Qualities
Management Styles
Novice to Master Supervision
Exercise for Supervisory Process
Verbal Communication
Evelyn Anne Mocek
E. Nelson Clark
Model of Communication
How Do We Communicate?
Types of Communication
Practical Application of Verbal Communication Skills
Health Care Communication
Developing Verbal Communication Awareness
Written Communication
Mary E. Muscari
Developing Written Communication Skills
Esxpressive Writing: Client Charting
Transctional Writing: Formal Papers and Manuscripts
Levels of Development
Exercises for Written Communication
PART THREE: Measuring Up: The Professional Development Assessment
Development of the Instrument, and its Academic and Clinical Applications
Jack Kasar
Assessment of Professional Values and Behaviors
Development of the Instrument
Initial Validity and Reliability Information
Professional Development Assessment
Academic and Clinical Applications
Strategies for Developing Professional Behaviors
PART FOUR: Full Circle: Developing Professionalism in the Next Generation
Learning and Teaching Approaches
Diane E. Watson
Communities, Students, and Professional Education Programs
Defining Behavioral Expectations and Measuring Performance
Congurence with Values and Principles Advocated by the Profession
Congurence with Program Mission, Objectives, and Curriculum Model
Communicating Performance Expectations
Instructional Methods
Continuing Education
Paul Petersen
Continuing Education
Before You Leave
During the Course
After You Return
PART FIVE: Reality Rehearsal: Structured Activities for Professional Behaviors
Jack Kasar
E. Nelson Clark
Be Careful What You Write©
Judging Books by Their Cover©
Build a Better Mousetrap©
Being on Time©
What do I Say When I Talk to You?©
Seeking the Self©
How Much Do I Really Want It?©
Who Am I and Where Am I Going?©
Appendix 21(1)
Professional Development Assessment©
Professional Development Assessment Rating Summary Form©
Professional Behaviors Feedback Form©
Index 21

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