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Ketti Johnson Coffelt, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Linda Gabriel, PhD. OTR/L


The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the perceptions and practices of occupational therapists regarding the types of professional development activities they seek to ensure competency. A self-report survey was used to investigate the therapists’ selection of and engagement in professional learning activities. The results from 43 occupational therapists were analyzed. Descriptive results identified the value of a professional development plan and collaboration with colleagues. Self-assessment and searching for and analyzing journal articles emerged as frequently used continuing competence learning practices. The results showed that therapists actively plan and select formal and informal professional activities to promote meaningful learning for continuing competence practices. Productivity standards were considered the main challenge that impeded the participants’ professional development plans and continued competence.