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Graduate Certificate in Driving Rehabilitation

Autonomous mobility in the community plays an important role in the overall health, well-being and participation of drivers and passengers alike. One’s personal vehicle is often considered the most practical and flexible mode of transportation and independence.  However, an illness, accident, trauma or the natural aging process can all significantly  affect the integrity of the sensory-motor, perceptual, cognitive and  psychological functions which are involved in  both  driving ability and  accessibility to and within the vehicle.

For some time there has been an increased demand for driving ability assessment and vehicle adaptation.  Further, important socio-demographic changes with a considerable rise expected in the aging population has brought about a significant increase in the need for specialized services and training in this field.

This online certificate covers driving rehabilitation at various levels, including screening and assessment, intervention and rehabilitation tools for the promotion of safe driving abilities, adapted driving as well as support for those who need to cease driving.

Who is this program for?

  • Screening for the At-Risk Driver
    (POTH 673)

Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Physiotherapists, Psychologists or any related healthcare professional working in the public or private health sector interested in specialized training to screen for driving issues.

  • Complete Graduate Certificate
    (POTH 673, 674, 675, 676 and 677)

Occupational Therapists who wish to specialize in the whole spectrum of driving rehabilitation. The training offered will provide the therapist with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent at all levels of the three-tier expertise framework; generalist health professional training, advanced occupational therapy training, and advanced-specialized occupational therapy training (Korner-Bitensky Toal-Sullivan & von Zweck, 2007b). Please note that these skills are not specific to Quebec and can be applied in any geographic location.

How much time is required?   

Each course requires approximately 10- 13 weeks to complete. With the flexibility of online learning, reading and assignments can be done at one’s own pace, according to their schedule, in their choice of English or French. The complete certificate can be finished in 18 months to 2 years' time. 

Educators and contributing experts

• Isabelle Gelinas, PhD, erg - Graduate Program Director
• Dana Benoit, MSc, erg, CDRS
• Alyssa Merilees, BSc, erg, CDRS

Several experienced clinicians provide specialized training on a rotating basis.

Virage Simulation: designer and manufacturer of car and truck driving simulator equipment who partners with us to support some of our  teaching activities. Their driving simulators use the latest technologies to contribute to advanced training solutions in particular cases.

Professional benefits

  • Screen diverse client populations (geriatrics, physical or mental disabilities) for driving ability prevention
  • Acquire skills and tools to offer the full spectrum (screening, evaluation, adaptation and retraining) of driving rehabilitation to diverse client populations
  • Acquire knowledge concerning procedural, evaluative and legal issues empowering you to refer your client towards the appropriate resource
  • Contribute to your professional team or workplace, as the expert in driving rehabilitation

Course Descriptions (15 credits)

Available in English or French, for course list and details click here.

 

Clinical Practicum

Although courses POTH 673 and POTH 674 are offered exclusively online, courses POTH 675, POTH 676 and POTH 677 do require 2 to 5 days on-site training at a local institution or a rehabilitation center.  Depending on your location, there are a few rehabilitation centers across Canada which are now operated by some of our former graduates to be used for the clinical practicum portion of this certificate. This portion is always appreciated by our students because it provides hands-on experience which integrates theory into practice.

Required Technology

You will need a personal computer with Internet access and a web browser such as Netscape 4 or Internet Explorer 4. Though recommended, a high speed Internet connection is not mandatory. The technology behind this course enables the rapid transmission of content to a basic computer system.

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For more information on fees, application procedures, deadlines, and required technology please contact at 514-398-4400  ext 0432 or  gradcertificates [dot] spot [at] mcgill [dot] ca