Lesley Stephenson is a practicing Occupational Therapist with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre (HNHB CCAC) as a hospital based Care Coordinator in the Niagara Region. She has also been a Tutor with the McMaster MSc(OT) program since 2011.
She has always been interested in education and was a preceptor for student occupational therapists in the Niagara Health System and in community based practice and encourages other clinicians to get involved. “Don’t be intimidated if you feel you have been out of the educational loop for a while; as clinicians we have a wealth of knowledge to share and we also benefit from new learning from students. It’s a ‘win/win’ situation”.
Lesley feels there are many benefits from the self-directed, problem-based learning approach of the McMaster program. “Being self-directed enables new graduates (and practicing clinicians) to seek out information/create strategies to facilitate their own professional development over time; the program has the potential to create lifelong learners who not only grow individually as professionals, but also influence the growth of the profession”.