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Vermont Occupational Therapy Definitions 

The Vermont occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“AACOTE”- The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association or its successor organization.

“Act”- The Occupational Therapists Act, 26 Vermont Statutes Annotated, Chapter 71.

“AAOTA”- The American Occupational Therapy Association or its successor organization.

“Director”- The Director of the Office of Professional Regulation.

“Disciplinary Action”- Any action taken by the Director or by an administrative law officer against an occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, or applicant premised on a finding that the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, or applicant has engaged in unprofessional conduct. The term includes all sanctions of any kind, refusing to grant or renew licensure, suspending or revoking licensure, and issuing warnings.

“Close Supervision”- Daily, direct, face-to-face contact at the site of work and applies only to occupational therapists with initial skill development proficiencies or occupational therapy assistants, as appropriate for the delivery of occupational therapy services.

“Continuing Competence”- The direct involvement of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant as a participant in activities promoting continuing competency in occupational therapy theory and practice. A total of 20 hours of continuing competence shall be earned in a two year renewal period. An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who is renewing his or her license for the first time after initial licensure is subject to a 10 hour continuing competence requirement per full year of licensure. If the license has been held for one year or less, no continuing competence is required. If held mare than one year but less than two years, ten hours is required.

“General Supervision”- At least monthly direct face-to-face contact, with interim supervision available as needed by other methods, and applies only to occupational therapists with increased skill development and mastery of basic role functions or occupational therapy assistants, as appropriate, for the delivery of occupational therapy services.

“Occupational Therapist” A person who is licensed to practice occupational therapy in Vermont.

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

“Occupational Therapy Practice” - The therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations (goal-directed activities) to evaluate and treat individuals who have a disease or disorder, impairment, activity limitation, or participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles, and to promote health and wellness.

“Routine Supervision”- Direct face-to-face contact at least every two weeks at the site of the work, with interim supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephonic, electronic, or written communication and applies only to occupational therapy assistants

“Supervision”- The responsible periodic review and inspection of all aspects of occupational therapy services by the appropriate licensed occupational therapist.

“The Office”- The Office of Professional Regulation in the Office of the Secretary of State.

“V.S.A.”- Vermont Statutes Annotated: for example 26 V.S.A. '3351 means section 3351 of Title 26 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated.

Reference

26 V.S.A. ยง 3351

CVR 04-030-190 2.1

CVR 04-030-190 3.2

CVR 04-030-190 3.7


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