Addressing diversity in an OT education programme within a multicultural context by using a humanistic framework

Moller, Matthias (2012) Addressing diversity in an OT education programme within a multicultural context by using a humanistic framework. In: 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, May 24th - 27th, 2012, Stockholm. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Italian Switzerland is the smallest of three main language regions of Switzerland, and situated in the interface of cultural influences from North and South of Europe. With more than 25% of inhabitants coming from abroad, it is a region with a particular cultural imprinting. In 2006, a university programme in occupational therapy with a partly inter-professional structure was established that tries to face the particular challenges of diversity in relation to professional education. The presentation aims to show how the university department, the occupational therapy programme, and the professionals of the field are facing the specific local components of diversity. Main components that specifically address diversity within the occupational therapy programme like e.g. inter-professional modules and fieldwork allocation are presented and discussed. It can be stated that a humanistic framework that guides the policy of the department and its study programmes helps integrating the challenging topics of cultural diversity in this region.

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