Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.
Job responsibilities: provide professional psychological services including diagnosis, assessment of patients, therapy sessions, design programs to meet patient treatment goals, document patient activities and progress, participate as part of the treatment team.
- Important qualities: Independence, Flexibility, compassion, collaborative skills, not taking things personally, Creativity but not just artistry, Good listener
- Possible work settings: Individual therapy, Physical rehabilitation, Return-to-work programs, Vocational rehabilitation, Medical offices, Research and academia
- Notes from Mia:
- Quote: "My passion is really around emotional independence, so teaching emotional regulation skills, which connects to sensory regulation, ho your body is feeling, and being able to identify what you're feeling before it takes total control and you have some sort of rage outburst..."
- Rewards: When patients discharge and never come back
- Advice: Do a job shadow because there are lots of different fields in occupational therapy
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