Life is no more a simple business today. Competition and the struggle to survive have existed since time immemorial, however, the gravity, intensity and pressure on the human body and mind to succeed have taken up an excruciating form.
It is a form that will inevitably take you to the top of the ladder you wish to climb in your professional life, but at the stake of your personal, familial and physical welfare.
It is here that an Occupational Therapist steps in and defines his essential role in your life. A profession that is known to have existed even before the time of Christ, occupational therapy is a science that seeks to enable people to lead a healthy and good life even while being involved in their professional commitments and ambitions.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
To put it very simply, occupational therapy is a kind of alternative medicine that analyses behavioural patterns, habits and ways of life to suggest non-medicinal treatment or therapy to patients. The ‘cause’ is most important in this form of treatment and it is believed that once that is identified, a client can be restored to his normal life through rehabilitation.
An occupational therapist thus works in three steps with every client. The first and most crucial step, as mentioned before, is to spot the causative agent. While doing so, he takes into consideration factors like the client’s family, lifestyle, society, cultural and ethnic background, future goals etc.
The next step is consult with the client and his family in order to draft a detailed treatment program.
The final stage is that of treatment, the target being to restore the client to normal life wherein he can maximally and optimally fulfil his professional as well as personal commitments and is able to lead a healthy life by allotting time for every task, be it his meals, exercise, meetings or recreation.
What Does An Occupational Therapist Do?
As an occupational therapist, you will be working with individuals, organisations, communities and various groups of people, addressing the economic, social, psychological, physical and environmental factors that are affecting the professional lives of your clients.
Your area of focus will be to help them achieve a balance between their work and home life. Therefore, you will be counselling your clients on leading a proper life, time management, importance of family and personal time and space, the necessity to involve oneself in leisure activities, when, how and what to prioritise and the like.
How To Be An Occupational Therapist
Though a specific branch of study is not required to be an occupational therapist, a background in medicine, psychology, sociology, liberal arts, biology, anthropology or anatomy is always an added benefit. It is best to have a master’s degree in occupational therapy post your bachelor’s studies. An advanced degree always helps.
Some institutes in India where you can consider are the Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi; India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai; Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Karnataka; Christian Medical College, Vellore; SRM College of Occupational Therapy, Tamil Nadu; Government Medical College, Nagpur; KMCH College of Occupational Therapy, Coimbatore; L T Medical College, Mumbai; Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Occupational Therapy, Mumbai; and Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Occupational Therapy, Kolhapur.
However, do keep in mind that a degree is not enough to make you a successful occupational therapist. You should be involved and interested in latest studies, reviews and discoveries. In addition, you should attend seminars, conferences and training programs, study regularly and meet up with doctors, community workers, psychologists and individuals to gauge the problem areas and make new additions and innovations to your treatments.