Pate therapists gave a two hour presentation on OTs vocational role in treatment recently at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) annual conference in Richardson, Texas on November 7, 2015.
Jennifer Featherston, PhD, LPC, CRC, CVE, EAGALA Certified and Emily Harstad, OTR/L, MOT, CBIS, created the talk, called “The OT’s Role in Vocational Rehabilitation,” as an in-depth introduction to the OT’s role in vocational rehabilitation, including factors affecting readiness for work, communicating with employers, and vocational testing.
Less than 2% of Pate patients are working part-time or full-time at the time of their admission. However many express the goal to return to their jobs after their rehabilitation. The OT’s vocational role is to provide guidance, help set goals and provide resources that will help people find employment, go back to their previous jobs, or switch careers entirely.
They may administer tests that can provide insight into the patient’s current interests which often change in the course of rehabilitation. For people who are not able to return to work, OTs can help them find meaningful work elsewhere in volunteering or creative activity.