Back in 2013, I took a new job as a school-based OT. I was the sole OTR/L working with an OTA and a combined caseload of over 100 kids at 12 school sites.
We quickly realized that splitting the caseload in half by schools sites was simply not going to work.
So rather than splitting the caseload 50-50, I handled IEP meetings, evaluations, and students with consultations, and the OTA provided therapy to most of the students who received more regular services.
And that worked... until it didn't.
Despite our caseloads holding steady, our workload was slowly increasing. At the time, we had no idea because we were not tracking it.
When we finally came to the realization that we needed to track what we were doing with our time, we realized why everything seemed so impossible to complete.
We were each trying to fit 45+ hours of work into a 40-hour workweek.
Since then, I have made a point to measure my time. Not just by billing therapy minutes, but by periodically documenting exactly where my time is going.
Over the years, making the shift from a caseload model to a workload approach has helped me to become more efficient with my time, advocate for OT services students need and get some much-needed support from my administrators.
And yes, that includes motivating administrators to hire in-house and contracted therapists to support me and the OT department.
Over time, moving to a workload approach has helped me to advocate for myself, the OT department, and the kids I serve.
I now would like to help you make the shift to a workload approach so you, too, can advocate for your time and the support you need to complete your role effectively as a school-based OT practitioner.
Caseloads do not account for the many variables we address as school-based OT practitioners.
For example, some evaluations take longer than others. Likewise, IEP meetings and therapy sessions require varying amounts of time.
Research has shown the benefits of moving toward a workload approach. Moving to a workload approach not only can improve student outcomes but using this approach can also prevent employee burnout and turnover.
Earn 4 hours of professional development and harness the knowledge and tools you need to show your administrators the valuable benefits of moving from a caseload model to a workload approach.
That includes developing a picture of your workload based on your current caseload, completing and analyzing a two-week time study, and drafting a document to share with your administrators.
Here are the exact objectives we will cover:
1. Identify how a caseload model differs from a workload model.
2. Recall research related to occupational therapy and using a workload approach.
3. Appraise your current caseload and workload and distinguish how it is impacting your practice.
4. Create a plan for moving to a workload approach and maintaining it.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for School-based OT practitioners and other related service providers who are looking to help their school(s) move toward an effective workload approach in order to save time and provide more ethical and effective therapy.
This is an intermediate-level course and is for therapists who feel they could be successful in the schools if they had just a little more time and a bit of administrative support. No prerequisites are required.
This is not a theory-heavy course. It is a workshop that will allow you to take action & make changes this school year!
Using pre-recorded videos with slides, accessible online tools, and hands-on assignments designed to facilitate your learning experience, I will support you in moving to a workload model at your school sites.
Part 1: Where we are today
It's a caseload world and we are all just living it.
It doesn't have to be that way, though. In the first part of the course, we will define how a caseload differs from a workload, both in theory and in practice. I will show you real-life examples of various caseloads and workloads so you can better explain the differences to your OT team and supervisors.
I will also share the research with you related to why we should be making the shift now! Our well-being and our students' outcomes depend on us making the shift.
(50 minutes of lessons + 15 minutes of assignments)
Part 2: Planning & Taking Action
In part 2, it is time to take action. We are going to complete four specific action steps so you have a true understanding of your workload and even your teams' workload. Don't worry, I will help you with getting them on board with this, even if they are not all OTPs.
By the end of Part 2, you will have a detailed analysis of how you spend your time at work to share with your administrator. You will also have the knowledge and tools to implement the shift
(130 minutes of lessons + 30 minutes of assignments)
Part 3: Sticking with it!
Unfortunately, if you don't continue to track your workload, it will get out of hand. That is why in part 3 I will provide you with the knowledge and tools to prevent you from moving back into a caseload model.
Yes, it will take a little upkeep every year. But with every year, your workload will become more clear and your administrators will learn to appreciate what you have done for the OT department, if not the entire special education department.
(15 minutes of lessons + 10 minutes of assignments)
Welcome! Start here!
Using this Platform
Welcome to Part 1
Defining Caseloads & Workloads
Lesson 1 Homework
Background & Research
Lesson 2 Homework
Welcome to Part 2
Step 1 - Action 1: Understanding YOUR Workload
Action 1 Homework
Step 1 - Action 2: Your Time Study
Step 1 - Action 3: Understanding Your TEAM'S Workload
Action 2 & 3 Homework
Step 2: Reaching Out to Administration
Step 2 Homework
Step 3: Workload Implementation
Step 3 Homework
Welcome to Part 3
Step 4: Workload Maintenance
Step 4 homework
Lifetime access to the online workshop to complete at your own pace. This includes 3.5 hours of video content and actionable homework assignments.
A checklist of every single step it takes to make the shift from a caseload to a workload approach.
Unlimited access to a workload calculator that allows you to better understand your estimated workload.
Google Doc & Google Sheet templates designed to save you time and energy as you work through the process.
Access to a discussion area where you can interact with Jayson and enrolled OT practitioner peers working to make the shift along side you!
You will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging the 4 hours you put in toward improving yourself as a School-Based OT practitioner - Provided upon successful completion of the course. (Pending AOTA CEU Approval)
My Honest Disclosures:
Presenter Disclosure: The speaker, Jayson Davies is the owner of Schoolhouse Education, LLC
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Schoolhouse Education, LLC
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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Passing an online exam and completing a course evaluation will be required to earn continuing education credit. Learners must also complete the required assignments designed to help you move toward your goal.
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