Ph.D. - Occupational Therapy
The philosophical assumptions of the School of Occupational Therapy are based on a belief in the occupational nature of human beings. We believe that humans are active beings with individual needs and socio-cultural demands for self-care, work, play, and rest. The configuration or balance of these factors must be appropriate to the particular life stage and socio-cultural context of the individual to achieve optimal growth and development.
We believe that each person has the potential to function as an integrated whole, interacting with other persons and with many environments. We believe that individuals have creative and adaptive capacities that flourish best in occupational environments that offer optimal levels of opportunity, challenge, and support.
We recognize that occupational performance and roles may be disrupted by developmental delays, disease, and emotional or physical trauma, as well as by environmental factors. We understand occupational therapy as a dynamic process that uses occupation to elicit adaptation which enables clients to prevent as well as remediate dysfunction. Thus, we assert that each individual has the right to a meaningful existence and that the individual has the right to seek maximum potential. We recognize that the full potential of occupation as a therapeutic tool requires increased research and knowledge development about humans, occupations, and occupational environments. We believe that full societal participation is the goal of occupational performance.
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)
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