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					         OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST


             CAREER INFORMATION
                 (Canadian University Programs)




                           Sept. 2004 – 2005

INFORMATION FOR NEWFOUNDLAND STUDENTS INTERESTED IN A CAREER AS AN
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Occupational Therapy is not offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Newfoundland students
interested in a career as an Occupational Therapist should contact one of the Canadian Universities
offering Occupational Therapy. (See page 6).

NOTE: The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists has recommended that by 2010
occupational therapy educational programs move to an Entry Level Master’s program. Students are
advised to check the universities’ web sites for updated information.

For more information on a career in Occupational Therapy, please contact:

              Brenda Head, B.Sc.(O.T.)
              Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Coordinator
              Memorial University, Health Sciences Centre
              St. John's, NL A1B 3V6
              Telephone: (709) 777-7105
              FAX: (709) 777-6746
              E-Mail: bhead@mun.ca


              Occupational Therapy Web Sites:

              Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
              Web Site: www.caot.ca

              Dalhousie University, School of Occupational Therapy
              Web Site: www.occtherapy.dal.ca

              Memorial University
              Web site: www.med.mun.ca/OTPT/




INFORMATION ON DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
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(web site: www.registrar.dal.ca/calendar/gr/OCCU)

The Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy was established in 1982 as the only
Occupational Therapy education program in Atlantic Canada. The regional orientation of the School
fosters collaborative teaching, research and professional activities linking those at the University with
occupational therapy and other service providers, government workers, and citizens in the four Atlantic
Provinces. This regional mandate is combined with an international perspective linking Dalhousie with
universities and communities for fieldwork and research.

The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University gives preference to residents
of Atlantic Canada. Enrolment in the program is limited. Applicants should note that admission is on a
competitive basis with preference given to residents of the Atlantic Provinces. Dalhousie University
accepts students from Newfoundland and Labrador through a seat purchase arrangement with a
return in service agreement.


WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with enhancing the occupational performance,
health and well-being of individuals, groups, and organizations particularly where inequities or injustice
limit opportunities for meaningful occupation. Occupational therapy is viewed broadly to include
everything we do to “occupy” ourselves in enjoying life, looking after ourselves and others, and
contributing to the social and economic productivity of our communities.

Health is viewed broadly as having the ability, opportunity and resources, for quality life with
meaningful occupations in supportive environments.


WHAT DO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS DO?
Occupational therapists use their understanding of occupation and systems to enable individuals,
organizations, and communities to overcome obstacles that limit their ability to do things they need and
want to do. Obstacles may include illness, injury, physical or mental disability, social disadvantage,
cultural, and physical barriers in the home, community and workplace.

People’s “occupational performance” may be limited by illness, injury, developmental delay, aging,
social conditions and/or physical barriers. Using a “partnership” approach, occupational therapists can
work with individuals, groups, communities, organizations, businesses or governments. The focus can
be either on enabling individual change, or enabling change in physical and social environments,
policies or legislation to enhance occupational performance. Practice may enable change in skills,
attitudes, routines, design of buildings, use of assistive technology, policies, etc.


The role of an occupational therapist is varied and challenging. Occupational performance problems
experienced by clients are never the same because no two people or environments are ever exactly the
same. The challenge of occupational therapy is to plan and implement the “just right” program or
strategy for each and every client so that everyone can achieve an optimal level of occupational
performance.



CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Occupational therapy is a rewarding, career for men and women in Canada and internationally.
Employment prospects are excellent, with 50% employed before graduation, and the rest employed full
time immediately or within six months of graduation (School Graduate Employment Data, 1997- 2000).
Career opportunities and salaries grow with experience, advanced education, and position.
Governments, industry, and consumers recognize occupational therapy as an essential part of today’s
health services and community life. New opportunities are opening up in the private and public sectors,
while traditional positions continue in health services, schools, corrections facilities, and communities.
Changes in health services, schools, industry, and communities are creating increased demand for
bachelor, masters, and doctoral level occupational therapists.

Career laddering is open in clinical, consulting, teaching, and research, and policy positions. Demands
are for occupational therapists to work with various age groups, and with individuals, groups,
organizations, governments, private business, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, communities, etc. Career
options are emerging under a variety of job titles that may be for occupational therapists, program
managers, educators, consultants, wellness counsellors, rehabilitation therapists, health promotion
coordinators, mental health case coordinators, educators, researchers, policy developers, and more.

Occupational therapy is a small but growing profession that is over 100 years old and in over 56
countries. The attraction to practitioners and funders is that occupational therapists enable people to
prevent and reduce the costs and disruptions associated with injury and hospitalization, and to re-
construct the lives of persons with a disability or other limitation. Also, attractive is this profession’s
involvement in enabling social change such as: a) employers to include people with disabilities in the
workforce; b) housing managers to create accessible and supportive housing for those with disabilities or
issues related to aging; and, c) communities to organize events and facilities to include people living
with disabilities, age-related limitations, or diverse social circumstances.


LICENCE TO PRACTICE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapists are licensed to practice in Canada by provincial regulatory bodies. The School
of Occupational Therapy has no jurisdiction in matters relating to licensing. Information on provincial
licensing regulations may be obtained from the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy
Board, PO Box 23076, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J9.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Provincial professional organizations represent the interests of occupational therapists within a province.
Further information may be obtained by writing directly to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association
of Occupational Therapists, PO Box 5423, St. John’s, NL A1C 5W2.

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) represents the professional interests of
occupational therapists across Canada at the national level. Membership is encouraged for students and
graduates. CAOT offers a National Certification Examination required for a licence to practice in many
provinces. Information on membership may be obtained from the School or the Canadian Association of
Occupational Therapists, Suite 3400, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
K1S 5R1. http://www.caot.ca

Internationally, occupational therapy standards of education and practice are set and maintained by the
World Federation of Occupational Therapists, web site: www.wfot.org.au


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THE CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM BSC(OT)
The Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) program at Dalhousie University is designed to
prepare generalist occupational therapists to be competent, responsible practitioners. This baccalaureate
program has been designed as an occupation-based curriculum, oriented to collaborative forms of
practice, to enable greater social equity. It emphasizes the theoretical foundation and scientific principles
which form the basis for occupational therapy practice. Through fieldwork experiences, students utilize
this knowledge base to develop the competencies required by entry-level occupational therapists.
Graduates are prepared to accept the challenge of expanding occupational therapy services in settings in
the Atlantic region, Canada, and internationally.
The experiential learning educational philosophy and curriculum design emphasize reflective practice,
critical thinking, creative problem solving, self-direction and the application of theoretical knowledge to
guide the professional reasoning process. Occupation-based collaborative practice is emphasized
through both academic and field studies.
The Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) program embraces the educational standards of the
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and is fully accredited by that body.
Graduates are eligible to take the Certification Examination offered by CAOT. Successful completion of
this examination is required to be eligible for membership in CAOT and for professional licensing.


NOTE: The School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie will not accept applications for admission
in September 2005 to the B.Sc.(O.T.) program or the proposed Masters Level Entry program
(pending approval). The B.Sc.(O.T.) program is due to be replaced by the Masters Level Entry
Program (pending approval).


APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2006
Given that the B.Sc.(O.T.) program will no longer be offered at Dalhousie University, the School of
Occupational Therapy will accept applications for admission in September 2006 for the first class in a
Masters Level program to enter the profession of occupational therapy (pending approval). Applicants
seeking admission to the new masters program must have a completed 4 year undergraduate degree or
the equivalent, with a minimum B average. Additional information, including pre-requisite courses or
equivalents will be posted on website.


Applications for the post-professional Master of Science program will continue to be accepted only from
persons who have completed an entry-level occupational therapy degree recognized by the Canadian
Association of Occupational Therapists.


Dalhousie University is in the process of developing the Masters Level Entry program. For more
information, please go to MLE pre-requisite information (pdf) at www.occtherapy.dal.ca/undergrd.htm.




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CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES OFFERING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAMS
All Occupational Therapy programs in Canada will be phasing out their baccalaureate degree
programs and replacing them with professional Master’s degree programs by 2010. Students are
advised to check directly with the universities to which they plan to apply to ensure that their
prerequisite course selection is appropriate and transferable for credit to those particular
universities.


DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
The School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Professions, Forrest Building, Rm. 215,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Tel: (902) 494-8804, Fax: (902) 494-1229
Web site: www.occtherapy.dal.ca
DEGREE: The School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie will not accept applications for
admission in September 2005 to the (B.Sc.O.T.) program or the proposed Masters Level Entry
program (pending approval). The B.Sc.O.T. program is due to be replaced by the Masters Level
Entry Program (pending approval).
Go to MLE pre-requisite information (pdf) at www.occtherapy.dal.ca/undergrd.htm for more information
on the Masters Level Entry Program (pending approval).


MCGILL UNIVERSITY
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Davis House, McGill University,
3654 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC H3G 1Y5 Tel: (514) 398-4500,
Fax: (514) 398-6360
Web site: www.medicine.mcgill.ca/spot
DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (plan to start Masters Level Entry program in
            2005)


UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy Program, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth
Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5 Tel: (613) 562-5635, Fax: (613) 562-5428
Web site: www.health.uottawa.ca
DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - Bilingual Program


QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Occupational Therapy Program, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Louise D. Acton Bldg, Queens
University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Tel: (613) 533-6103; FAX: (613) 533-6776
Web site: www.rehab.queensu.ca
DEGREE: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, M.Sc.(OT)


UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Department of Occupational Therapy, Centre for Function and Well Being, University of Toronto,
500 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7 Tel: (416)978-2765; Fax: (416) 946-8570
Web site: www.ot.utoronto.ca
DEGREE: Masters of Science Occupational Therapy, M.Sc.(OT) (24 consecutive months)



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MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
School of Rehabilitation Science, Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Rm. 403, McMaster University,
1400 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7 Tel: (905) 525-9140 (Ext. 27804), Fax: (905) 524-0069
Web site: www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/rehab
DEGREE: Master of Clinical Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy


UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Room 2555, Elborn College,
University of Western ON, London, ON N6G 1H1 Tel: (519) 661-2175, Fax: (519) 661-3894
Web site: www.uwo.ca/fhs/ot/
DEGREE: Master of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy (2 year program)

NOTE: Admission application forms for Ontario Universities are available from OUAC address or
their web site: www.ouac.on.ca/


UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba,
R106-771 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Tel: (204) 789-3897; Fax: (204) 789-3927
Web site: www.umanitoba.ca/medicine/medrehab
DEGREE: Master of Occupational Therapy



UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2-64 Corbett Hall, University
of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4 Tel: (780) 492-2499; Fax: (780) 492-4628
Web site: www.rehabmed.ualberta.ca/ot
DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (2004 – 2005)
            Master of Science in Occupational Therapy



UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Medicine, Room T325, 2211 Wesbrook
Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5 Tel: (604) 822-7392,
Fax (604) 822-7624
Web site: www.rehab.ubc.ca
DEGREE: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy




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PROVINCIAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ADDRESS LIST

HEALTH CARE CORPORATION OF ST. JOHN'S
Mary Manojlovich                                              HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES
Professional Practice Coordinator, Occupational Therapy       June Walker-Wilson
Health Care Corporation of St. John's                         Occupational Therapy
L. A. Miller Centre, Forest Road                              Health & Community Services-St. John's Region
St. John's, NL A1A 1E5                                        4th Floor, Viking Bldg, PO Box 13122
TEL: (709) 777-8110,     (Secretary 777-7793)                 St. John's, NL A1B 4A4
FAX: (709) 777-8113; mary.manojlovich@hccsj.nf.ca             TEL : (709) 752-4852
                                                              FAX : (709) 752-4714; jwalkerwilson@hccsjr.nf.ca
+CRC Outreach Therapists
+Cathy Peddle                                                 Sarah Lawrence
Occupational Therapy                                          Occupational Therapy
Health & Community Services Central                           Health & Community Services - Eastern
143 Bennett Drive                                             P. O. Box 70, Hawco Building
Gander, NL A1V 2E6                                            Holyrood, NL A0A 2R0
TEL: (709) 651-3308-SB     or 651-6225-Dept.                  TEL: (709) 229-1566
FAX : (709) 651-2394; hcc.pedca@hccsj.nf.ca                   FAX: (709) 229-1596; sarahlawrence@hcse.ca


+Maria Estrella                                               Lori Howell, Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy                                          Health & Community Services - Central Region
Central Nfld. Health Unit,                                    1 Junction Road
Professional Bldg.                                            Grand Falls-Wiindsor, NL A2A 1K2
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 1W0                               TEL: (709) 489-8160
TEL : (709) 489-8183                                          FAX: (709) 489-8196; lorihowell@gov.nf.ca
FAX: (709) 489-8844; hcc.estm@hccsj.nf.ca
                                                              Darla King, Occupational Therapy
+Susan Morgan                                                 Health & Community Services - Western
Occupational Therapy                                          c/o W M R H, P. O. Box 156
Western Memorial Regional Hospital                            Corner Brook, NL A2H 6C7
P. O. Box 2005                                                TEL: (709) 634-5000, Ext: 5646
Corner Brook, NL A1H 6J7                                      FAX: (709) 634-9313; darlaking@hcsw.nf.ca
TEL: (709) 637-5191
FAX: (709) 637-5681; Susan.Morgan@hccsj.nf.ca                 AVALON HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS BOARD
                                                              Mary Harris
                                                              Occupational Therapy
ST. JOHN’S NURSING HOME BOARD                                 Carbonear General Hospital
Krista Wade                                                   86 High Road South
Clinical Practice Leader - Occupational Therapy               Carbonear, NL A1Y 1A4
St. John’s Nursing Home Board                                 TEL: (709) 945-5712
St. Patrick’s Mercy Home                                      FAX: (709) 945-3051; mharris@ahcib.ca
146 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John’s, NL A1B 1S5
TEL: (709) 570-2714
FAX: (709) 726-0274; kwade@sjnhb.nf.ca
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PENINSULAS HEALTH CARE CORPORATION
Janet Gosse                                         Roland Castillo
Occupational Therapy                                Occupational Therapy
Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital                   Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre
67 Manitoba Drive                                   P. O. Box 250
Clarenville, NL A5A 1K3                             Stephenville Crossing, NL A0N 2C0
TEL: (709) 466-3411-SB    or 466-5575-Dept.         TEL: (709) 646-5800 or 646-3219, (ext) 219
FAX # (709) 466-4262; jgosse@peninsulas.ca          FAX # (709) 646-2375; rcasti@healthwest.nf.ca


Terry Stacey                                        Alana Manzer
Occupational Therapy                                Occupational Therapy
Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre                  Charles L. Legrow Health Centre
P. O. Box 340                                       PO Box 250
Burin, NL A0E 2M0                                   Channel-Port aux Basques
TEL: (709) 891-1040-SB or 891-3391-Dept.            TEL: (709) 695-4507
FAX # (709) 891-3375 or 891-3479                    FAX: (709) 695-7892
tstacey@peninsulas.ca                               amanze@healthwest.nf.ca


CENTRAL EAST HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS               HEALTH LABRADOR CORPORATION
BOARD
                                                    Jodi Bowles
Karen Bennett                                       Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy                                Labrador Health Centre
James Paton Memorial Hospital                       Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, NL A0P 1C0
Gander, NL A1V 1P7                                  TEL: (709) 897-2317    or 897-2142 (Secretary)
TEL: (709) 256-5578                                 FAX: (709) 897-2157; jbowles@hlc.nl.ca
FAX # (709) 256-2715; kbennett@cehcib.nf.ca

                                                    Patti Moores
CENTRAL WEST HEALTH CORPORATION                     Occupational Therapy
Glenda Dawe                                         Capt. William Jackman Memorial Hospital
Occupational Therapy                                410 Booth Avenue
Central Nfld. Regional Health Centre                Labrador City, Labrador, NL A2V 2K1
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2E1
                                                    TEL: (709) 944-9257    FAX # (709) 944-6045
TEL: (709) 292-2331                                 pmoores@hlc.nf.ca
FAX # (709) 292-2300; gdawe@med.cwhc.nf.ca


WESTERN HEALTH CARE CORPORATION
Terri Walters
Occupational Therapy
Western Memorial Regional Hospital
P. O. Box 2005
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J7
TEL: (709) 637-5000-SB or 637-5683-Dept
FAX # (709) 637-5681; twalte@healthwest.nf.ca


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PRIVATE PRACTICE                                         OTHER
Sharon Horan                                             Newfoundland Association of Occupational Thera;y
Fit for Work                                             PO Box 5423
Health Plex Bldg., 114 Empire Avenue                     St. John’s, NL A1C 5W2
St. John’s, NL A1C 3G2
TEL: (709) 722-7676                                      Brenda Head
FAX #: (709) 722-6029; sharonhoran@fitforwork.com        Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Coordinator
                                                         Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jane Simmons                                             Health Sciences Centre, Room H2765/66
Integrated Occupational Health Services                  300 Prince Philip Drive
27 Austin Street                                         St. John’s, NL A1B 3V6
St. John’s, NL A1B 4C3                                   TEL: (709) 777-7105
St. John’s, NL A1B 4C3                                   FAX #: 777-6746; bhead@mun.ca
TEL: (709) 722-9675
FAX #: (709) 722-9677; jsimmons@nl.rogers.com


Karen Butler
Central Rehab Consultants
Villa Nova Plaza
702 Conception Bay South Highway, NL A1X 3A5
TEL: (709) 834-7390
FAX #: (709) 834-7391; michell@centralrehab.nf.ca


Anne Connor-Sheppard
Assessment Center
52 Powell Drive
Carbonear, NL A1Y 1A5
TEL: (709) 596-1370
FAX #: (709) 569-1375;
anne@assessmentandtherapy.com


Corrina Murrin
Fit for Work
37 West Street
Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Y6
TEL: (709) 632-7676
FAX #: (709) 634-1015; cmurrin@fitforwork.com




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