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Emerge Pediatric Therapy welcomes prospective therapy students to observe both group and individual therapy sessions. As a teaching clinic, we use state of the art equipment, evidenced based practice, highly trained clinical therapists, and a well developed program to provide quality observation experiences, beneficial to the prospective student’s experience, prior to applying to and entering a graduate program.

Goals of the Shadow and Volunteer Programs:

The Emerge Pediatric Therapy Shadow and Volunteer Programs are designed to:

  • Provide opportunities for observation of individual and/or group therapy sessions to the prospective graduate student.
  • Train prospective therapy students as volunteers through an application, interview, and orientation process.
  • Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with setup and cleanup of therapy sessions.
  • Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with non-therapeutic tasks while under direct supervision of the licensed therapist.

 

Differences between the Shadow and Volunteer Program

Volunteering and shadowing at Emerge Pediatric Therapy are similar in that both opportunities allow for students to earn observation hours towards their graduate school applications. The distinction between the two is the amount of hours earned and overall time commitment. 

As a group volunteer, a student must agree to a weekly commitment. The group volunteer is vital to the smooth running of our social skill group therapy sessions. The student completes an application and completes a mandatory interview and orientation process. He or she will assist with set-up and clean up and observe the group therapy session. The number of volunteer positions are limited each season and are dependent on the number of groups the clinic is running. 
 
A shadow is assigned to an occupational or speech therapist for 1-2, four-hour windows and observes individual sessions. The number of times a student can shadow is dependent on therapist availability. It is not guaranteed that a student can come for more than one shadowing opportunity. As a clinic we receive frequent shadow inquiries and we limit the number of shadows per month to maintain a balanced schedule for our staff and consistent, high quality, therapy for our clients.  
 
 
 

If you are seeking hours for graduate school or are hoping for a letter of recommendation:

As a Shadow or Volunteer at Emerge, you (the student), are responsible for bringing in an hours log in a timely manner for signature from our therapists.  Hour logs will not be signed by our therapists after one month of completion of shadow/volunteer experience.  Emerge Pediatric Therapy does not guarantee a letter of recommendation at the end of your time with us.  These letters are subject to the approval of the supervising therapist.  If you would like a letter written on your behalf, this must also be requested in a timely manner.  Requests made one month, or more, following the completion of your shadow/volunteer experience will not be acknowledged.  

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Applications are closed for the Falll 2019 semester.  Please check back between November and December, when we will open applications for the Winter/Spring 2020 semester.  Follow us on instagram and/or Facebook for notifications. 

 

OT Shadow Application

OT Shadow Application Form

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • (Please indicate the current university you are attending. If you are not currently enrolled, please indicate either your most recently attended school or where you are planning to attend in the future.)
  • (Enter your current year in school. If you are not in school, please indicate the number of years of education you have completed.)
  • Do you need the hours for graduate school? Are you just interested in learning more about the profession?
    Please provide us with days and times that work best for your schedule. We generally schedule shadow opportunities for 4 hour blocks, though this can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis.
Speech Therapy Shadow Application

Speech Therapy Shadow Application Form

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • (Please indicate the current university you are attending. If you are not currently enrolled, please indicate either your most recently attended school or where you are planning to attend in the future.)
  • (Enter your current year in school. If you are not in school, please indicate the number of years of education you have completed.)
  • Do you need the hours for graduate school? Are you just interested in learning more about the profession?
    Please provide us with days and times that work best for your schedule. We generally schedule shadow opportunities for 4 hour blocks, though this can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis.
Shadow Volunteer Program

Requirements of a Student Shadow:

  • Please Fill out the Shadow Application form.
  • Wait from an email from Brooke Brees (OT) or Laura Strenk (ST) to set up observation hours.
  • Read and sign Emerge’s confidentiality agreement.

*Please note that a shadow is classified as a prospective therapy student, acquiring a minimal amount of strictly observation hours. These hours will be set up in advance with the shadow coordinator, depending on availability of the student and therapist.

Requirements of a Student Volunteer:

  • Please Fill out the Volunteer Application form.
  • Wait for an email from Laura Strenk to setup an initial observation/interview.
  • Complete mandatory volunteer observation/interview.
  • Complete necessary paperwork (confidentiality agreement, dress code agreement, and volunteer agreement) prior to beginning volunteer hours.

*Please note that a student volunteer is classified as a prospective therapy student earning observation hours, as well as, hands on experience with the setup, cleanup, and participation in non-therapeutic tasks, while under the direct supervision of the licensed therapist. Volunteers play a significant role in the success of our group therapy sessions, but may also have opportunities helping with individual therapy sessions, upon request.

Shadow and Volunteer Dress Code Policy

When visiting Emerge, please follow the following dress code requirements:

  • Khakis and chinos are acceptable pants. Please refrain from wearing jeans, exercise pants, leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts.
  • Collared shirts or simple tops and blouses are acceptable. Please refrain from wearing low cut tops and graphic t-shirts.
  • Only minimal jewelry, if any, should be worn. Nothing that a child could potentially pull off of you.
  • Wear shoes that can slip on and off easily. Socks are optional.
  • Emerge is a scent/smoke free facility. Refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions.
  • Dress comfortably, while adhering to the above requirements.