OT / PT Vol. supervisors

Canadian OT Volunteers as supervisors

Currently Recruiting Canadian OTs and PTs to volunteer in India… Click here for job posting    
An exciting opportunity to travel to India and make a genuine, sustainable difference in the lives of people with disabilities in rural India.  For more info and how to apply, Click here

Canadian OTs have been actively assisting in clinical placements for Canadian OT students for the past 10 years. They have been providing off-site supervision for students including pre-departure orientation and regular communication while students are in India.

In 2015, for the first time, HCI started sending Canadian OTs to India, along with Canadian OT students. In Feb-March 2015, Janna MacLachlan , OT from Ottawa, ON, joined OT students from UBC and from April – May 2015, Kristi Mclaughlin , OT from London, ON, joined OT students from Western University and from June – July 2015, Jamie Adams , a Canadian OT from US, joined OT students from Queens University and Currently Melanie Read – (Aug – Sept 2015), OT from Manitoba, joined by OT students from University of Manitoba is volunteering her services. These volunteers have taken the OT program at Amar Seva Sangam to new heights, by introducing and implementing procedures that are highly effective in spinal cord injury management. The manual they have authored can be found here. Their contact information can be found in Appendix 4. Both Janna and Kristi have been involved and supporting the activities of Handi-Care Intl. by acting as off-site supervisors for 10 years and their physical presence services in India for 2 months each, was highly effective and educational. In addition, we have 2 other OTs lined up, who will be volunteering at ASSA for the rest of 2015 (some will be going with Canadian OT students, others will be going on their own). Therefore, in total 6 OTs from Canada will be at ASSA over different time periods in 2015.

Handi-Care Intl. is recruiting other Canadian OTs to join student placements or to volunteer at other times starting in 2016. With the various Canadian university affiliations we have developed, we expect to have students from Jan – early Sept in any given year. Click here to submit your application.

The role of the Canadian OT will be to supervise OT students and provide bedside mentorship and teaching to the PTs, special educators and interventionists working at ASSA, with the goal of improving the care and treatment they provide. They may also be asked to conduct or support students in conducting seminars / workshops for the PTs and special educators. Direct client care will also take place and we hope to ensure a smooth transition of client care issues between incoming and outgoing Canadian OTs. This project is emerging such that we are almost developing an OT service at ASSA with various Canadian OTs present during the year.

Direct client care will be a greater focus when Canadian OTs are at ASSA without Canadian OT students. That being said, a large focus is still on mentorship and teaching for both ASSA staff and Canadian OT students, so that the work done makes a sustainable difference over the long term. The area of focus can be tailored towards the Canadian OT’s experience / interest.

The role of occupational therapy within the organization is emerging. ASSA physiotherapists and other rehabilitation workers value the role of occupation in rehabilitation and demonstrate an interest in integrating occupational therapy approaches into daily practice. The input of occupational therapists and OT students is highly sought regarding individual client issues, as well as regarding program level education and development.

As client care is always performed alongside a licensed rehabilitation or health professional in India, Canadian OTs are not required to register with the OT licensing body in India.