From disability to ability. Through occupation and scientific discovery.
The educational mission of the Occupational Therapy Program at McGill University is to create professional, highly competent life long learners who have the knowledge and the skills required to meet the standards of the profession and who have the required competencies to continue to be informed consumers of new knowledge throughout their careers.
Occupation refers to the meaningful activities and roles within the environments in which people live and function. The goal of occupational therapy intervention is to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability and/or handicap by promoting a balance between the client's occupations in self-care, productivity and leisure.
An occupational therapist is a health care practitioner who analyses the impact of occupation on health and quality of life in order to restore a functional interaction between the person and the environment. Occupational therapists use a client-centered model to work with people of all ages, from infancy through midlife to old age, to enable them to face physical, emotional or social barriers.