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Oregon Occupational Therapy Definitions 

The Oregon occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Board” - The Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board.

“Close Supervision”- Requires daily, direct contact in person at the work site.

“General Supervision”- Requires the supervisor to have at least monthly direct contact in person with the supervisee at the work site or via telehealth with supervision available as needed by other methods.

“Leisure”- Occupational behavior that is developed as part of an individual occupational therapy evaluation and treatment process. This process is goal oriented toward the maximum health of the patient by the interaction of self-care, work and leisure, and is not used as an isolated recreation activity. The use in this way does not include leisure activities as used by therapeutic recreation specialists.

“Licensed Occupational Therapy Practitioner” - An individual who holds a current occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant license.

“Mentorship”- A collaborative experience of direct contact between currently licensed occupational therapy practitioners for the purpose of updating professional skills. Mentorship may include, but is not limited to, mentee observation of the mentor's practice, classroom work, case review and discussion, and review and discussion of professional literature.

“Occupational Therapist” - A person licensed to practice occupational therapy under ORS 675.210 to 675.340.

“Occupational Therapy”- The therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness and to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

“Occupational Therapy Aide”- An unlicensed worker who is assigned by the licensed occupational therapy practitioner to perform selected tasks.

“Person” -Any individual, partnership, unincorporated association or corporate body, except only an individual may be licensed.

Routine Supervision” - Requires the supervisor to have direct contact in person at least every two weeks at the work site or via telehealth with interim supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephone or written communication.

“Supervision” - A process in which two or more people participate in a joint effort to promote, establish, maintain and/or evaluate a level of performance. The occupational therapist is responsible for the practice outcomes and documentation to accomplish the goals and objectives.


ORS 675.210

OAR 339-010-0005

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