WFOT Learning

Welcome to WFOT Learning, the online learning platform for Occupational Therapists.

WFOT resources are developed by expert occupational therapists who provide their time on a voluntary basis. The online learning platforms are funded by subscriptions from occupational therapists committed to the global development of the profession. WFOT needs your support to ensure that we can continue to provide learning materials free-of-charge to the international community. Please consider a donation to support the development of global learning resources.

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    Available courses

    Up-skill for successful working with displaced persons and marginalised communities.

    β€œAll people regardless of being a refugee or not, want a meaningful life, feel they are useful and use their skills to the maximum of their potential" - Theo Bogeas.

    Who is this for? 

    In this course you step into the shoes of displaced persons and occupational therapists through their stories and the immersive experience of virtual reality.

    Designed for occupational therapist practitioners and students, the program may also benefit other professionals working with refugees and displaced persons.

    This is anytime, anywhere learning to suit your work and life. You can access the course using your desktop/laptop, mobile or tablet device.

    What will I learn?

    After completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Understand people living in transition and crisis and how to help them at different points to move forward in their lives.
    • Understand the humanitarian sector and diversity existing in global displacement.
    • Identify and use new approaches of socio-political occupational therapy.
    • Analyze the underlying premise that people are inherently occupational beings.
    • Apply strengths-based, occupation-based, collaborative interventions to develop meaning and structure in daily living that facilitate community integration, improve mental health, and improve functional independence. (WFOT 2012)
    • Think critically on the future of the profession being in sync with changes in climatic, geographical and economic contexts.

    You will be led through world-wide interventions and case studies that:

    • Capture the nuance, breadth and complexities of working within a human rights paradigm.
    • Professionally realign our work to meet the challenges of rapidly increasing people displacement due to climate, war, persecution, violence, poverty. 
    • Teach us from the lived experiences of displaced persons, refugees and therapists.
    • Engage us with diverse perspectives, contexts, geographic environments, age and gender.
    How long is the course?

    35 hours. All section is self-contained so you can complete them in your own time.

    What do I need to know to take the course?

    There are no course prerequisites other than your willingness to learn about this topic.

    Do I receive a certificate at the end?

    On completion of all requirements including the final exam, a certificate of completion stating the normal number of student study hours will be issued from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

    How much does the course cost?

    There is no cost to enrol in the course. WFOT resources are developed by expert occupational therapists who provide their time on a voluntary basis. The online learning platforms are funded by subscriptions from occupational therapists committed to the global development of the profession. WFOT needs your support to ensure that we can continue to provide learning materials free-of-charge to the international community. Please consider a donation to support the development of global learning resources.

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    This is different to other e-Learning you may have experienced. Acting as a 'volunteer", your skills & knowledge are enhanced in tackling complex issues such as: disaster response, resilience, disaster risk reduction. Concepts are operationalised.

    Who is this for?

    Designed for occupational therapists, assistants and students, the program may also benefit climate change adaptation professionals, development planners, project implementers and policy makers.

    Time limited but want to know more about the topic? This program is designed to ensure learning is personally meaningful and professionally relevant. We will lead you through the information which is easy to engage in. This is anytime, anywhere learning to suit your work and life. You can access by desktop/ laptop, mobile and IPad devices.

    What will I learn?

    After completion students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of the disaster management cycle and the equitable and sustainable patterns of human activity that can potentially reduce disaster risk and vulnerability.
    • Recognize the role of the occupational therapist in the emergency response and long-term recovery of individuals, communities and populations post-disaster.
    • Identify the strategic planning and coordinated efforts of one's local community, state, and country for development of risk-reduction strategies and emergency planning.
    • Acquire knowledge about how to facilitate resilience, and restore health and well-being thorough occupation.
    • Become aware of the available tools that exist to help people prepare for and respond to disasters.
    • Apply the principles for provision of culturally-sensitive, immediate and long-term support for people with pre-existing and/or new disabilities, in consideration of the experiences of vulnerable and socially-marginalized groups

    You will be led through post disaster activities:

    • Day 1 – 5 : Competencies for working in disaster situations
    • Day 5 – 7:  Community-preparedness for disaster
    • Day 10 – 12: The immediate post-disaster role of occupational therapists and other responders
    • Day 21- 28: Recovery & rehabilitation strategies - the role of occupational therapists in rebuilding communities in temporary housing & permanent structures
    • Day 53+: Looking forward

    How long is the course?

    Activities may require the equivalent of 25 hours course time and reading. You can complete this program in your own time.

    What do I need to know?

    There are no course prerequisites other than your willingness to learn about this topic.

    Do I receive a certificate at the end?

    On completion of all requirements including final exam, a certificate of completion stating the normal number of contact hours will be issued from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

    How much does the course cost?

    There is no cost to enrol in the course. WFOT resources are developed by expert occupational therapists who provide their time on a voluntary basis. The online learning platforms are funded by subscriptions from occupational therapists committed to the global development of the profession. WFOT needs your support to ensure that we can continue to provide learning materials free-of-charge to the international community. Please consider a donation to support the development of global learning resources.


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    This online course provides an understanding of the concepts and terminology used by the Quality Evaluation Strategy Tool (QUEST). By completing the course, learners will develop practical knowledge to use QUEST to define SMART indicators for an occupational therapy service or practice.

    Who is this for? 

    The QUEST online course is designed for occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The course also may be of interest to researchers, educators, administrators, funders and policy-makers. The online course uses video presentations, reading and practical exercises to guide participants to use QUEST to evaluate the services they provide. QUEST can be used in all occupational therapy settings, including clinical practice, research and education. 

    What will I learn?

    By participating in the course, it is expected that learners will gain:

    • Understanding of how indicators are used to review and continuously improve occupational therapy services.
    • Knowledge of how occupational therapy services can be evaluated across common elements of quality performance.
    • Ability to demonstrate accountability regarding quality performance in occupational therapy.

    How long is the course?

    The course is presented in five learning units. The time required for each unit varies but the overall course is expected to require approximately two to three hours to complete. 

    What do I need to know to take the course?

    There are no course prerequisites other than your willingness to learn about this topic.

    Do I receive a certificate at the end?

    On completion of all requirements, a certificate of completion stating the normal number of contact hours will be issued by WFOT. 

    How do I register?

    Login into WFOT learning to begin the course. If you do not already have login information, create a new account

    How much does the course cost?

    There is no cost to enrol in the course. WFOT resources are developed by expert occupational therapists who provide their time on a voluntary basis. The online learning platforms are funded by subscriptions from occupational therapists committed to the global development of the profession. WFOT needs your support to ensure that we can continue to provide learning materials free-of-charge to the international community. Please consider a donation to support the development of global learning resources.

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