Professional behaviors are core features of any graduate program that seeks to educate practitioners in a discipline. Our program uses a set of professional behavior standards have been adopted as expectations for successful completion of the program. These standards for professional behaviors and conduct address fundamental skills inherent in ethical and competent practice. In addition to these standards, students must abide by all applicable University policies (e.g., Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct) and must comply with the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics.
The Professional Behavior and Development Passport serves two purposes. One is to communicate about and allow reflection upon the student’s enactment of professional behaviors and conduct inherent in ethical and competent practice. The other purpose is to facilitate the habit of participation in professional goal-setting and in professional development activities. Among these professional development activities are opportunities specific to learning more about issues of justice, equity, and inclusion that are relevant to practice, particularly in terms of client-centered care.