(in frames of implementation of the project “UKROTHE: Developing an Occupatioal Therapy study program in Ukraine” 609589-EPP-1-2019-1-BE- EPPKA2-CBHE-JP)
On September 22, 2020 at the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy of Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University the first learning network meeting with the representatives of the UKROTHE project team took place.
The learning network was created at the preparatory stage of the project. The purpose of the learning network is to unite and involve the community, who are interested in developing a new quality educational program for the training of occupational therapists in Ukraine, and who are ready to share their knowledge and experience. The key to achieving the goal of the learning network is the diversity of its participants. That is why we’ve invited representatives of the authorities, medical institutions, public organizations, educational institutions to participate in the learning network. The meeting was attended by the academic teachers of the Institute of Physical Culture and Health Iryna Turchyk, Natalia Zakalyak, Nina Hrybok, Yuriy Rohalya, Roman Chopyk, Maria Kuzan, Oksana Figura and members of the created learning network: – Ihor Andreyko (Head of the Rehabilitation Department of Drohobych City hospital no1); Iryna Shustova (Director of the Inclusive Resource Center of Drohobych); Lesya Pashko (Head of the Department of Youth Policy, Family and Sports of Drohobych City Council); Andriy Zhyvchyn (rehabilitation masseur at the Consilium Medical Center, Drohobych); Igor Yavir (undergraduate student of Drohobych State Pedagogical University); Ivan Reichel (teacher and rehabilitation specialist at the Inclusive Resource Center, Boryslav); Anna Gutei (occupational therapist at the Modrychi Rehabilitation Center, Truskavets); Vasyl Klepach (rehabilitation specialist – masseur in the Carpathian sanatorium, Truskavets); Anatoliy Smolen (the administrator of the Caritas SDD Charitable Foundation, Drohobych). Iryna Turchyk told the participants of the training network about the purpose of the Erasmus + KA2 project “UKROTHE”, which is aimed to develop an educational program in occupational therapy with grant support from the European Commission, the ways to achieve it, besides she outlined the role and main activities of the learning network in the project. She has mentioned that the participants of the network should act as experts on the content of the new educational program, share experiences, ideas, vision of the problem.
Natalia Zakalyak acquainted the participants with the results of the first stage of the Erasmus + KA2 “UKROTHE” project, drawing attention of the audience to the importance of maximum dissemination of information about the project by the learning network participants and thus raising public awareness about occupational therapy in Ukraine, increasing interest in entering the new curriculum.
Learning network participants actively discussed the issue of training of the future occupational therapists, they expressed their views on the need to create a new program. Since most members of the learning network took part in surveys and interviews conducted by Iryna Turchyk, Natalia Zakalyak and Nina Hrybok to assess the need to develop a new educational and professional program in occupational therapy in Ukraine, everyone was interested in the results of the analysis of these interviews. It was decided that the topic of the next meeting of the project team with the participants of the learning network (December 2020) will be connected with the discussion of the results of interviews with stakeholders and a survey of the students prepared by European project partners (Charlotte Pylyser). All the present members of the training network expressed their desire and readiness to take part in the next meeting.
Taking the opportunity of a face-to-face meeting with stakeholders, the educational program “Physical Therapy” for the preparation of Masters in the specialty 227 “Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy” was also presented for discussion. Natalia Zakalyak acquainted the present with the conditions of admission to the educational program, its features, general and professional competencies and learning outcomes. The present Master Degree students, graduates and employers expressed their views on the proposed disciplines, which should provide the necessary knowledge, practical skills and abilities, and unanimously proposed to increase the duration of practical training on the basis of practice under the guidance of specialists in physical therapy. Roman Chopyk, Deputy Director of the Institute of Physical Culture and Health, Associate Professor, thanked the participants of the learning network for their active participation in the project, emphasizing that the experience of employers, their support and advice are very useful and important for us.
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