Mission, Vision and Philosophy
The mission of the Master of Occupational Therapy Professional program at Elmhurst University is to educate, inspire and empower students to become intellectually engaged and socially responsible occupational therapy practitioners, leaders and scholars committed to the meaningful integration of professional preparation and learning as a lifelong pursuit.
The Master of Occupational Therapy Professional program at Elmhurst University aspires to prepare occupational therapy practitioners who have an appreciation for the influence human values and advances in science and technology have on the health, well-being and common good of the region and greater society.
The program philosophy reflect the beliefs held by the Master of Occupational Therapy Professional program at Elmhurst University regarding occupational therapy, human beings and an understanding of how human beings learn.
Occupational therapy is defined by the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process (AOTA, 2014a) as “the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation in roles, habits, and routines in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings” (p. S1). Occupational therapy practitioners are at the center of practice, theory and scholarship, enabling participation through meaningful engagement in everyday life activities or occupations. Occupation, which is a social determinant of health, is achieved through the proactive and creative efforts of occupational therapists supporting the health, well-being and life satisfaction of persons or groups experiencing restricted participation in daily activities.
The Master of Occupational Therapy Professional program at Elmhurst University views humans as occupational beings (AOTA, 2014b) … “engaged in a dynamic process of interaction with the physical, social, temporal, cultural, psychological, spiritual, and virtual environments” (2007, p.678). Humans are understood to be complex, culturally diverse beings pursuing meaning and life satisfaction through engagement in purposeful everyday life activities.
How Human Beings Learn
The Master of Occupational Therapy Professional program at Elmhurst University believes that human beings develop themselves intellectually and personally through meaningful and ethical efforts that contribute to the greater society. The faculty of the Master of Occupational Therapy Professional Program believe that human beings learn best in environments that encourage intellectual freedom, curiosity and engagement; critical and creative inquiry; rigorous debate; and intellectual integrity in all endeavors. The faculty believe that learning is a lifelong journey and enduring pursuit of intellectual excellence. As faculty, we are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of learners through highly personal, values-based learning experiences responsive to advances in evidence and the contributions of science, technology and human values to occupation-centered interventions.
- American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2007), Vol. 61, 678. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.6.678.
- American Occupational Therapy Association (2014a) Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process, American Journal of Occupational Therapy; 68 (Supplement_1):S1-S48. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.682006.
- American Occupational Therapy Association (revised 2014b) Philosophy of Occupational Therapy Education, The Commission on Education.