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Occupational Therapy  Terapia occupazionale

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field L/SNT2 Health professions for rehabilitation
Application and Admission Limited enrolment with admission test. How to apply
Course Duration 3 years
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus - via Bezzola 6 - Milano
Head of Studies Elena A.M. Vegni
Course Website Programme Description

Course Objectives

Occupational Therapy graduates are responsible for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals suffering from illnesses, physical and psychic conditions, with both permanent and temporary disabilities, through the use of expressive, manual-representative, and recreational activities from everyday life.

On the basis of a doctor's diagnosis and prescription, and working within their own sphere of competence in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

Occupational Therapy graduates carry out a functional and psychological evaluation of the patient and then proceed to create, sometimes in interdisciplinary teams, a rehabilitative programme directed at identifying and meeting the needs of the disabled patient and fostering their personal autonomy in everyday life and within the community.

They treat physical, psychic and psychiatric conditions, both temporary and permanent, in patients of all ages. They use individual and group activities to promote the recovery and optimal use of functions so as to encourage the re-integration, adaptation and integration of the individual into his or her personal, domestic and social environment. They identify and stress motivational considerations and the individual’s capacity to adapt, in line with the specificities of occupational therapy.

They partake in the selection and planning of orthotics together with, or in place of, specific aids; propose, where necessary, changes to living arrangements and encourage educational initiatives geared at the patient, family and community; check that the rehabilitative methods used correspond to the functional and psychosocial recovery objectives; carry out research, study, educational and support activities in all areas which require their specific professional skills; assist in the training of support staff, and directly contribute to the continuous updating of their professional profile.

Career and Employment

Occupational therapists work in hospitals, day centres, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, institutions for chronic diseases, and rest homes.

They operate both in public and private healthcare facilities, in a freelance or employed capacity.