Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy (OT)

An introduction to occupational therapy
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Learn the basic concepts, principles, and processes that guide interventions used in occupational therapy. Become involved in a profession dedicated to helping people and improving their quality of life.

Occupational therapy helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Suitable for beginners, this course offers an introduction to Occupational Therapy, including its values, history, philosophy, standards, and ethics. This course will take you through the meaning and benefit of occupation, how occupational therapy got where it is today, how and where occupational therapists deliver their services, and the professional standards required of practitioners. You will learn all of the fundamentals and gain a strong understand of the role of this branch of therapy in the rehab process.

By the end of this class, you will gain an understanding of this quickly growing field of practice under the instruction of a certified occupational therapist and earn a verifiable certificate of your achievement.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior education or experience with occupational therapy is required to gain the full benefit of the class.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Gain an understanding of the role and importance of occupation in our lives
  • Recognize the role of occupational therapy in rehabilitation
  • Identify the various careers in involved in the occupational therapy process
  • Learn about the principles of occupational therapy intervention and the ethical considerations that guide it

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is open to anybody with an interest in occupational therapy. By learning this course material, students have the opportunity gain insight on the therapeutic process.

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Section 1: Overview of Occupational Therapy

In this lecture we'll delve into the core concept of occupational therapy: the meaning of occupation.


In this lecture the role occupational therapy plays in rehabilitation and its founding are discussed.

Quiz 1
3 questions
Section 2: On the Job

An overview of some of the common places that occupational therapy practitioners work in.


This lecture provides coverage of the occupational therapy process from screening to discharge.

Quiz 2
3 questions
Section 3: Roles & Teamwork

This lecture emphasises the differences between an OTR/L, a COTA, and an occupational therapy aide.


A review of common members in the rehabilitation team and their roles in occupational therapy process.

Quiz 3
3 questions
Section 4: Professional Standards

Occupational therapy is guided by 7 ethical principles which are reviewed in this lecture.


A general overview of HIPAA and its importance to health care professionals


A brief explanation of the purpose of AOTA and its importance in establishing what occupational therapy stands for.

Quiz 4
3 questions
Section 5: Conclusion & Supplemental Material
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines
83 pages
HIPAA Risk Analysis
9 pages
History of Occupational Therapy
1 page
Ergonomic Handbook
16 pages
Standards of Practice
7 pages

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Instructor Biography

Christopher M. Walters, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Christopher Walters is a registered and licensed occupational therapy practitioner who has diverse range of experience serving as a practitioner in hospitals, early intervention, and nursing homes. He has received extensive training in OSHA standards, safety, and ergonomics. He administers therapy with the belief that through engagement in occupation, people can achieve great things.

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