Occupational Therapists And The Occupational Therapy Essay

1973 Words Jul 14th, 2016 8 Pages
An Occupational Therapist has many responsibilities in their field; responsibilities such as the progression and safety of their client. It is our job as therapists to be proactive and competent for the sake of the patient. If one would not be able to perform their duties it could be detrimental to the employers, the therapist and most importantly the client. There are five areas in which professionalism is necessary: education, responsibilities, evaluations, the intervention process and the discharge process (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015, pg 1), as well as how they handle themselves and the client in everyday sessions. Working together, the occupational therapist practitioner and assistant can work in tandem with professionalism and appropriateness.
Education is a large portion of how a therapist will conduct the rest of the processes. A practitioner must have graduated from an occupational therapy program and completed the correct fieldwork as well as pass all exams for the state and agency (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015, pg 1-2). Occupational therapy assistants must have graduated from an occupational therapy assistant program and also have completed the necessary fieldwork. Assistants are required to pass the NBCOT and other exams as well. Both the practitioner and assistant must all be licensed, certified or registered depending on the state and organizations’ laws (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015, pg 1-2). It is…

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