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1 Career choice Occupational Therapy Builds the skills for the job of living

2 A career in occupational therapy offers you a lifetime of possibilities that are…

3 Rewarding

4 Challenging

5 Diverse

6 Use advanced technology to enable a young man to live independently after a spinal cord injury. Consult in schools to help children overcome writing difficulties and other learning challenges. Head up a disability management program for a national corporation. Assist an aging couple to care for one another in their own home. Travel to developing countries or war-besieged regions to help set up rehabilitation programs. As an occupational therapist, you may:

7 Occupational therapy builds the skills for the job of living and solves problems that interfere with peoples ability to do activities or occupations that are important to them. These problems may be a result of injury, disease, social disadvantage, or the environment. Occupational therapists work with people of any age to promote health, prevent disability, and develop or maintain abilities. Occupational therapists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team and work in different settings like hospitals, schools, community health centres and workplaces. What is occupational therapy?

8 Occupation refers to the activities and tasks of daily life that have value and meaning to a person. Occupations can include: self-care (i.e. personal care, mobility), leisure (i.e. social activities, sports) and productivity (play, school, employment, homemaking). Occupational therapists assist a client to: learn new ways of doing things. adapt materials or equipment they use. make changes to their environments.

9 Trends in occupational therapy From hospital to community, schools and workplaces From employee to independent practice and consultant Some examples: Home modificationsAssistive technology ErgonomicsWorkplace mental health Learning challengesMedical-legal assessments ResearchEducation

10 Required education Move to professional masters level entry by 2010 Minimum of a B average (varies with programs). Combination of pure, behavioural and social sciences. Expect to do an undergraduate degree plus masters; length varies with program. Consider community college programs to qualify as occupational therapy assistants. Check specific details with each university program.

11 Occupational therapy education programs University of BC, Vancouver University of Alberta, Edmonton University of Manitoba, Winnipeg University of Western Ontario, London McMaster University, Hamilton University of Toronto University of Ottawa Queens University, Kingston McGill University, Montreal University of Montreal Laval University, Quebec City Dalhousie University, Halifax

12 Fieldwork education Part of education includes 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork training Registration Must be licensed by the regulatory body in the province/territory where youll work. Some provinces require successful completion of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists certification exam.

13 Career stars Meet some occupational therapists... Community Practice Rehab Business Owner Facility Planner Accessibility International Rehab Consultant / University Professor

14 Chose New Zealand for her second-year fieldwork placement, where she worked with prison inmates who were preparing for release. Jenny now works helping teachers to successfully integrate children with disabilities into their classrooms. Occupational therapy offers so much variety. I am so lucky that I can move to a different area of practice or even a different country if I decide I need a change. I couldn't be happier with my choice. Jenny Garden Community occupational therapist

15 Min Kyi never complains that his job is boring. He's just about to spend an evening with a rock band roadie. Min's job is to carefully observe and measure yes, literally measure the amplifiers, the sound system and the height of the stage, so that he can assess what impact such physical work has on the man's body. I don't think I could have chosen a better field. I have flexibility with my schedule that really suits my lifestyle. I have a level of interaction with my clients that no other health professional has, and I know my work really makes a difference. Min Kyi Private Practice Occupational Therapist Return to work/expert witness testimony

16 Former farmer, geological clerk and apartment block manager Pam chose occupational therapy because she likes figuring out the mechanics of how things work. Now she is an expert on the fascinating intricacies of how human beings move through and function in buildings, and she couldn't be happier. I fell in love with occupational therapy because it took me into the realm of human behaviour. I also needed to be practical. I couldn't study something like philosophy I needed a marketable skill. I had four boys to feed! Pam Andrews Facilities Project Leader Facilities Development & Construction Vancouver General Hospital

17 When Rachel Thibeault graduated, she had no idea that her skills would take her to some of the worlds most devastated, war-ravaged countries. Despite the suffering she has been so close to, Rachel remains determinedly optimistic about the unique potential of occupational therapy to heal not just individuals, but to contribute to the rebuilding of civil society in communities traumatized by terror and war. Occupation is universal and the skills of occupational therapy can be easily exported into many contexts and situations. We do not have a limited vision. We dont get lost in esoteric discourse. We remain rooted in what makes human life human. Rachel Thibeault International Community Rehabilitation Consultant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa

18 Do you enjoy... Working and helping people? Creative problem solving? Variety? Are you… A good communicator? A team player? Accountable and responsible? Adaptable and flexible? Self-motivated? A self-starter? Career checklist

19 Then find out more about occupational therapy at: Produced by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

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