Occupational Therapy Program

Vision Statement

Promoting participation for all through occupation.

Mission Statement

To educate our students to become leaders and innovative practitioners.  Our graduates use evidence and clinical reasoning to enable clients, families, and communities to participate in meaningful occupations.

Program Goals

Primary Goal: To create professional, highly-competent, life-long learners who have the knowledge and 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.

Secondary Goal: To contribute to the expansion of knowledge generation and exchange in occupational therapy, occupational science, rehabilitation science, and interprofessional health care education and practice. 

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.

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.

Learn more about the profession on the national (CAOT)  and provincial (OEQ) association websites.

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Program at McGill University is committed to responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the same ethical spirit of its final report. Our current curricular objective is to build the OT faculty’s foundation, reflexivity, and professional competencies in relation to the development and evaluation of current and new Indigenous partnerships and content that align with critical occupational therapy philosophy.  Read more about the Occupational Therapy Program’s Indigenous Initiatives here.

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