Occupational therapy assistant program philosophy statement

Major Tenets:

1. Human beings are unique.
2. Meaningful occupation is the core of Occupational Therapy practice.
3. People impact and change their lives through intrinsic motivation, participation and engagement in occupation, and through continuous integration and adaptation
4. Education is an integration of formal and informal “learnings”.
5. Education is multifaceted: individual, social and cultural
6. Learning is done through experimentation, practice and feedback.
7. Being, belonging and becoming are essential to the successfully enculturating new members into Occupational Therapy profession.
8. OT mentors must promote passion for OT to help form thinkers, doers and effective communicators.

The philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is consistent with the Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy (1979) and the Philosophy of Occupational Therapy Education Statement (2003).

The Philosophy of the OTA Program at KVCC is an integrated perspective. It is grounded in Occupational Therapy principles, guided by the Model of Human Occupation and the Quality of Life Framework and cultivated by the wisdom of philosopher and educator John Dewey.

We view this educational experience as human evolution. We view human beings as being holistic, unique, and able to impact and change their lives through intrinsic motivation, participation and engagement in occupation and through continuous integration and adaptation.

We value the concepts of integrity, commitment and choice while promoting the importance of being, belonging and becoming.

The domain of Occupational Therapy is the use of Occupation and the “just right fit” between humans, their occupations and contexts. We acknowledge this as integral to the educational process. Education is seen as a lifelong process which integrates individual experience, the academic process and social connectedness. Learning is done through experimentation, practice and feedback.

The OTA faculty is committed to the belief that meaningful occupation is the core of Occupational Therapy practice. We view individuality, belonging and collaboration as tools to support (becoming) the socialization process into Occupational Therapy practice. We believe in creating a safe, respectful and participatory learning environment to promote creative problem solving and critical thinking.

 

 

 Program Contact

Diane Sauter-Davis MA, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
(207) 453-5172
dsauter@kvcc.me.edu 
 

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