Occupational Therapy Introduction Certificate
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Occupational Therapy Introduction Certificate

How to become occupational therapist, basic Psychology, Physiology & Anatomy, working with disabilities, children adults
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • understand what work in occupational therapy involves
  • understand whether this career is for you!
  • know theoretical principles and some psychology for work and personal knowledge
  • know what other career options they have in this field
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  • Interest in Occupational Therapy career!

Are you interested in working with people who struggle with challenges and disabilities? Do you want to find out what Occupational Therapy really is and whether this career is for you? Then you are in the right place!

In this course you will learn about the most important and interesting theories and models 

 of working within occupational therapy. 

You will take 21 informative lectures which you can listen to at home or on the way to work!

You will be guided with the step-by-step approach in becoming a professional helper who specialises in working with people in occupational therapy settings. 

You will learn about working with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, basic anatomy and physiology, how to help clients to overcome low self-esteem and depression, and what would be your alternative career options to Occupational therapy.

You will also learn how to help a person to accept their current condition and how to move forward to the full recovery, what is the personal and professional development for occupational therapists, and so much more.

Are you interested in learning about your career in Occupational therapy, and start helping individuals with challenges to reach the transformation in their lives?

Then what are you waiting for?

Start your learning now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is considering career in Occupational Therapy
  • Anyone who wants to learn about Occupational Therapy on introductory level
  • Anyone who wants to use their certification from this course for work or further study!
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
5 Lectures 34:19

In this video you will find out who your instructor is and what this course is about! Also, I will share with you how to derive the best knowledge from this course, how to contact me with any question or comment, and what to do if you are not sure about your further career (well, contact me!)
This is an introductory video which I hope you will really enjoy! 

Preview 05:32

Hello and welcome to our first lecture on occupational therapy. 

To understand what Occupational Therapy is, we need to have a look at some definitions. Then we will discuss what occupational therapists do during their working days, and how the whole profession gets regulated by various organisations. 

Additional literature and questions for reflection will be recommended at the end of most lectures throughout this course. Make sure to do your homework! 

Preview 05:53

In order to work as an Occupational Therapist, a person needs to have many skills and knowledge which they would develop during the study, previous work experience and the skills that they will develop during their career as an occupational therapist.

As we were saying in our previous lecture, occupational therapy is a complex work on many levels because it is not narrowly focused on one work activity or one type of clients, but it varies from client to client considering their specific needs in each case. So let's discuss what skills you would need to have for this profession!

Knowledge & Skills for Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with various groups of people and encounter all kinds of persoanal stories and challenges; they work with any age and any kind of disability, whether it is a rehabilitation after a work accident or injury, or long-term and genetically caused.

In this lecture we will be talking about various types of disabilities you might encounter in your work with adults, and various challenges that your clients have to deal with on daily basis

Working with Adults

In the previous lecture we’ve discussed how occupational therapists work with the adult and elderly population, what kind of help they can provide and where the occupational therapy sessions can take place. In this lecture we will be discussing the work of an occupational therapist with children. 

Occupational therapists who work with children are often called paediatric occupational therapists and can be found in various settings such as hospitals, schools and visiting clients’ personal homes. 

Working with Children
(Basic) Anatomy & Physiology
5 Lectures 36:19

The functions of our bodily systems and the structure of our skeletal system, are highly complex, and this is why these topics are studied at universities for many years. Here I am giving you a basic overview of the skeletal and the bodily systems, what they do, how they interact with each other, what happens if they fail, and so on. 

An interesting lecture especially if you like 'health' and 'medicine' anyway! Every occupational therapist has to have a basic knowledge of these topics so this is why they are represented at this course too!

The Structure & the Functions

In the last lecture we’ve already mentioned the role of the blood and the immune systems in our body. What else can we say here? What is the immune system and what it does on the daily basis?

This is what we will be discussing next: the role of the immune system in the protection of the human body!

The Blood & the Immune System

In your work you might be working with various types of clients including those that have to live and cope with brain injury after for example, some unfortunate accident.  In this lecture we will discuss what brain injury is, what other terms are used to describe it, what are the main causes of it, what symptoms the person can have short- and long-term, and so much more!

What is 'Brain Injury'?

In this lecture we will talk about various types of developmental issues, or in other words, the issues that arise because the child is not reaching developmental milestones at various age points. In this lecture you will learn about the most common developmental (or neurological) conditions, their symptoms and how they affect the child. 

At the end of the lecture, a suggestion on great informative websites will be given too.

Developmental Disorders & Conditions

In this lecture we will discuss physical disabilities, what they represent, the possible causes  of physical disabilities, and how occupational therapists work with individuals with physical disabilties. 

You will also understand what the most common physical disabilities are, their symptoms and their affect on the body.

Physical Disabilities
Creative & Management Skills
4 Lectures 27:20

The work of an occupational therapist is far from boring. Occupational therapists employ many methods and techniques in their work, collaborating their efforts with other specialists and using creative options that facilitate the learning and growth for the client. Whether they are working with adult or children population, creative skills are an essential part of their therapeutic toolbox. 

Here you will also find out what kind of creative activities occupational therapists use in their work and how you can use them too with your own clients. 

The Use of Creative Activities

Typically, management means running or controlling a department, overviewing its functions, and contributing to its growth. Management and leadership is often are tied together, because leadership involves taking control in own hands and proposing new strategies that would help to increase the growth and expansion of the business.

In this lecture you will find how to develop and use management and leadership skills in occupational therapy work, well before running own department. 

Management & Leadership Skills

During their career, occupational therapists often have to deal with people who suffer from confidence and self-esteem issues.  It would probably not surprise you if you think of the typical client in occupational therapy, particiualry of an adult group. A typical client is the one who has to deal with certain difficulties on daily basis which are the result of their disability, disorder or condition. If the client recently lost an adequate ability to communicate, remember things, hold balance and move, then the person can eperience low self-confidence and self-esteem. Learn how you can help them here!

Building Confidence & Self-Esteem

In our previous lecture we’ve already discussed that disability can impact the person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. But what if the client develops depression at some point? How would an occupational therapist notice and deal with such issue?

In this lecture you will find out what common symptoms of depression are and what you need to do if you notice them in your clients.

Dealing with Depression
Career Growth in Occupational Therapy
3 Lectures 19:25

In this lecture you will learn what is professional development of an occupational therapist is, what it involves. Of course in different countries this specialisation will have different requirements, but here we will be looking at the general themes with this occupation. 

Professional Development

In our last lecture we’ve talked about that professional development of OT never really stops, and there always numerous opportunities available in order to achieve further professional growth and achievement. What can we say about personal and academic development of the person who wants to follow the career of an occupational therapist?

Let's have a look at what you can do in terms of developing your own personal skills and academic achievements 

Personal & Academic Development

In this lecture we will have a look at various career options that a person who is thinking about their career in occupational therapy can also consider. A person who is considering occupational therapy as their career would have certain skills that would make him or her similar in some way to most other occupational therapy practitioners. For example, most people who want to work in OT would have a genuine interest in working with people. So how can you transfer your skills to another profession? Let's discuss this here!

Alternative Career Options
Individual (Client's) Development
5 Lectures 29:17

In this lecture you will learn an interesting concept of 'a need to have an occupation'. Perhaps you have some idea that people are not happy when they are not busy with something. Well, that's what I thought for years! This theory justifies our thinking with some really valid information. So let's have a look at it here. But first, we'll have a look at what 'occupation' really is!

A Theory of Human Need for Occupation

From the previous lectures you know that occupation is not just someone’s job, it encompasses so much more. As we said earlier, this can be any activity related to daily functioning and self care, leisure and work. 

What occupations you would encounter in your work? What your typical client can struggle with that they would require your assistance as an OT? Let's discuss this here!

Occupations for Health & Wellbeing

In this video we will talk about coping strategies, what is coping and how OT can help the clients to devise their own coping techniques that they can use in their daily life. 

Firstly, we'll discuss what is 'stress' and what most people have to deal with on daily basis (and how they cope!). Then we'll have a look at a theory of coping strategies, and what exactly each of them involves and can be used by us.

Coping Strategies (stress)

If you haven't heard about the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs just yet, then you will enjoy learning about it, probably as much as I did. Why? Because it makes sense! Everything we require as humans can boil down to several categories which can be more or less important. Find out more about it here!

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In this video I just want to say my Thank you and Good bye to you my dear student! I'm very proud of you for completing this course where you are entitled to the certificate of completion. You can contact me directly if you have any questions or comments about this course or if you want to take the next course and unsure which one would suit you better! I'm here for you :)

Thank You & Good Bye!
About the Instructor
Elmira Strange
4.4 Average rating
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5,651 Students
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Motivational Psychologist, 4000+ students

Hey, my name is Elmira Strange, and I am Motivational Psychologist and Certified Life Coach. I am passionate about working with students who want to become online instructors and coaches.

My previous work involved Research Psychology and Lecturing at University (UK).

The unusual bit: I was born in Northern Kazakhstan (where it's freezing cold in winter -40C), then moved to Russia, then to the United Kingdom.

The interesting bit: I had a life-saving surgery and near-death experience in 2012. The near-death experience made me realise that we are here to share our knowledge, help each other, and enjoy this life.

My interests: Psychology, Motivation

My previous experience: Whilst I was working at University (Wales, UK) as a Senior Researcher and Psychology Lecturer (prior to Udemy), my focus was on 'Researching Stress in Families of Disabled Children' where I had to learn what makes people stressed and unhappy. 

Since 2006 I am working as an 'online entrepreneur' as well: writing blogs and books, and now 'teaching online' which became my true passion. In my Udemy courses I combine my extensive knowledge of 'online entrepreneurship' and my passion for 'Motivational Psychology and Coaching'.