Mission & Philosophy
Mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy Department, through teaching, scholarship, and service strives to enhance understanding of the transformative power of occupation as a source of wellness. The achievement of the mission includes the study of occupational science and occupational therapy and involves faculty, students, occupational therapy practitioners, and community members in an interactive process to develop occupational therapy leaders and serve the community. Consistent with the missions of the University of New Hampshire and the College of Health and Human Services, we deliver undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction, serve the people of our community, our professional colleagues and organizations, and focus our research and scholarly activities related on the advancement and promotion of occupational therapy and occupational science.
Philosophy of the Department of Occupational Therapy
The philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of New Hampshire is the belief that human occupation - the engagement in everyday activities to fulfill social roles and give meaning to life - is essential to the development, adaptation, and well being of individuals, societies and populations. This belief, which is embedded in the Department's curriculum design, guides our faculty in the view of occupational therapy as a process, helps people participate in roles and activities that are important to them. To be effective, occupational therapy intervention must be a client-centered process, grounded in an appreciation and respect for individual priorities and life experience. Meaningful occupation when used in the context of OT intervention, promotes health and well-being, improves the life quality, and active community participation of those with whom occupational therapist work.
Philosophy on Education
The pedagogical construction of our course sequence and in-class learning methodologies are a direct outgrowth of our beliefs about the important influence of occupation on human development and adaptation. The values we hold about the occupational nature of human beings is the lens through which we engage students as they develop into entry-level professionals and adapt their knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become competent occupational therapists. Our program recognizes that education should reflect a student-centered process within which students have opportunities for reflective learning along with knowledge and skill development. Our course sequence and in-class methods afford students opportunities to acknowledge their awareness of the value of occupation and occupation-based principles as they apply these principles to themselves. We utilize occupation-based learning activities in labs on-campus and off-campus.