Ways to implement the Erasmus + KA2 "UKROTHE" project

Ukrothe project meeting

The coaching program "Train the trainer" within the Erasmus + KA2 project "UKROTHE" started on December 15, 2020. The Ukrothe project has as goal the development of an educational program in occupational therapy with the grant support of the European Commission.

Participants in the train the trainer program are all project partners from Ukrainian higher education institutions of Drohobych State University. Ivan Franko, Prydniprovska State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, Khmelnytsky National University and Modrychi Rehabilitation Center (Ukraine), and Charitable organization ‘Caritas of Sambir-Drohobych Diocese of Ukraine” (Ukraine).

The purpose of the train the trainer is the formation of professional competencies of occupational therapists in university teachers. The program includes fourteen courses:

Syllabus 1: Foundations Occupational therapy - spring 2021.

Syllabus 2: OT Models - spring 2021.

Syllabus 3: Interprofessional collaboration - spring 2021.

Syllabus 4: International Classification on Functioning and Health - spring 2021.

Syllabus 5: Research - spring 2021.

Syllabus 6: Assessment – Autumn 2021.

Syllabus 7: Foundations OT – II – Autumn 2021.

Syllabus 8: Communication and interaction skills – Autumn 2021

Syllabus 9: Evaluation = course for teachers and supervisors internship – Autumn 2021.

Syllabus 10: Management and entrepreneurship – Autumn 2021.

Syllabus 11: Occupational therapy and elderly - Spring 2022.

Syllabus 12: Occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation - Spring 2022.

Syllabus 13: Occupational therapy and developmental disabilities - Spring 2022.

Syllabus 14: Occupational therapy and mental disability - Spring 2022.

The course moderators are well-known specialists and teachers from the project partner countries Anne-Marie Denolf (VIVES University College, Belgium), Lorenzo Billiet (VIVES University College, Belgium), Joaquim Faias (Porto Polytechnic Institute, Portugal).

From Khmelnytskyi National University, five teachers of the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy study under this program: Oleg Bazylchuk, Mykola Maistruk, Natalia Volieva, Inna Soltyk, Liudmyla Basenko.

The training of trainers takes place on the EasyClass platform where the curriculum, course presentations, literature and various quizzes are posted. After studying the course material, the acquired knowledge is assessed in the form of a written exam. At this stage, our teachers have already passed 2 courses of the coaching program. The program "Train the trainer" will last 1,5 year.

Syllabus 2: OT Models

In addition, the Erasmus + KA2 "UKROTHE" project opens up new opportunities for the development of our teachers. Thus, six teachers from partner universities, including Liudmyla Basenko, a lecturer at the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, passed the relevant stages of selection and became participants in the International Module on Pediatric Rehabilitation 2021. A total of 50 participants from Finland, France, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Suriname, Norway, USA and Ukraine took part. The participants are professionals and students occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy with the focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

The main moderators are the University of Ghent, the Children's Rehabilitation Center Ghent University Hospital, HOWEST, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences and HOGENT (University of Ghent, Child Rehabilitation Center University Hospital Ghent, HOWEST, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences and HOGENT).

The aim of the module was a two-week intensive exchange of knowledge, experience and culture between students, teachers and professionals. So far, it is over and a lot of new information has been received. The program of the module also included a presentation of the team from Ukraine "Health care and rehabilitation in Ukraine".

Another important addition to the Erasmus + KA2 project "UKROTHE" is the International project: "Sustainability and Loneliness" International project: Sustainability and Loneliness, which involves more than 100 students from Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Ukrainian partner universities. Participating universities: VIVES University of Applied Sciences Bruges (Belgium), VIA University of Aarhus (Denmark), Ray Juan Carlos University of Madrid (Spain), Escola Superior de Saúde Politécnico do Porto (Portugal), Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki (Finland), Ivan Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University (Ukraine), Khmelnytskyi National University (Ukraine), Dnipro State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, Dnipro (Ukraine).

Organizationally, students are divided into groups of 15-18 people where there is an appointed curator from a European country. This person is also the contact person of the project.

Khmelnytsky National University is represented by five students majoring in 227 Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Group FTE-19-1:

1. Katerina Tkachuk

2. Darina Foshchiy

3. Lyubov Shtokovetska

4. Natalia Shtokovetska

5. Svetlana Stavinskaya group FTE -18-1

The key criteria for selecting project participants are: students who are studying at least in the second year and basic knowledge of English.

The goals of this project are to teach students:

- compare and reflect on the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their countries in general and on occupational therapy in particular

- compare and reflect on the quality of occupational therapy services for a particular group of clients suffering from loneliness in different European countries (methods and techniques, attitudes and organizational structures);

- demonstrate evidence of deepening their knowledge of the «UN Sustainable Development Goals», loneliness, occupational therapy services related to a selected group of clients (small review literature, data exchange between students);

- show evidence of exchange of views and information with students from other countries;

- demonstrate awareness of both international and intercultural identity and reflect on similarities and differences;

 - reflect on their own responsibility in the context of active global citizenship;

- to share knowledge through joint learning, through a respectful and equal position.

Within this project, participants have the opportunity to develop their competencies in the field of internationalization and interculturalization.

International project: "Sustainability and Loneliness"