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The Professional foundation of OT

The Danish Association of Occupational Therapists (OT) has been the professional association for occupational therapy in Danish society since 1938.

OT in Denmark

Rehabilitation and participation in daily life

The keyword for OTs in Denmark is rehabilitation and participation in daily life. The 6000 Danish OTs work to prevent and solve health-related problems connected with human daily activity and work.

The OTs in Denmark work within the fields of children's health, the health of elderly people, mental health, somatic health, vocational health & public health.

The OTs' work takes place in schools, in special institutions, in psychiatric hospitals and social institutions, in rehabilitation in hospitals and activity centers, in the client's own homes or in work places/industry. The OT is a resource in relation to information, guidance, education and instruction to the citizens in the municipality and to other health employees.

More than 90 % of the Danish OTs work in the public sector, both in hospitals and in community based practise. Only a few work in the private sector, either as freelance therapists or in private institutions, such as the Industrial Health Service and the National Working Environment Authority.

You can read more about OT in Denmark under "History" and "News" in the left menu.

Etf - the association

Almost every OT in Denmark is a member of the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists called Ergoterapeutforeningen (Etf). Etf is located in Copenhagen and in 3 regional offices around the country. Etf is a combination of a professional association and a trade union. We employ approx. 35 persons - including 5 full time politicians.

OT Education in Denmark

There are 7 Schools of Occupational Therapy in Denmark, all connected to university colleges.

The training of Occupational Therapist takes 3½ years, and leads to a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy (B.Oc.T.). OTs are authorized by the National Board of Health. Master degrees within different fields of health are offered by the universities. The OT school located in Næstved is a partner of the European OTMaster.

Specialist Scheme

The purpose of the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists' Specialist Scheme is to enable occupational therapists to be approved as highly qualified for the performance and development of occupational therapy within areas where the basic training and general practice experience do not provide adequate qualifications. 

The Danish Association of Occupational Therapists defines an occupational therapy specialist as a theoretically and methodically highly trained practician within a delimited occupational therapy field, who has extensive clinical/practical experience and theoretical knowledge at a scientific level.

You can read more about requirements in the Regulations on the Specialist Scheme below.

Publication on OT's mission and values

The publication "Mission, vision, values, professional ethics, cooperation" concerns the role of the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists in the development of the profession.

Since 1938, the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists has been the professional association for occupational therapy in Danish society and for occupational therapists working in the field.

Today, therefore, the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists takes a fully recognised share of the responsibility for the organization and development of occupational therapy as an acknowledged and trustworthy profession.

Through this collection of documents, the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists wishes to make its own contribution to the foundation of the profession more widely available in a comprehensive written form, both to occupational therapists themselves and to those persons and agencies we cooperate with.

The aim of the collection is to offer an overview of the current situation and to make a contribution to the ongoing professional self-criticism, self-management and other developments in the profession which are taking place among occupational therapists.

The professional foundation is meant make more precise those non-formal and formal contracts which occupational therapists and the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists constantly enter into with the society around us.

The seven documents constitute the actual set which the various decision-making bodies and committees of the Danish Association of Occupational Therapists have drawn up in recent years. The seven documents deal with the overall values, principles and visions which society may expect the profession to formulate and present.

The documents cannot be seen as definitive statements. They aim to inspire a professional and political debate, thus constantly refining the contracts between occupational therapy and society.

The Danish Association of Occupational Therapists hopes that this publication will help occupational therapists to become better at identifying and justifying their professional points of view. The Association also hopes to involve all our cooperative partners in this dialogue about professionalism and interprofessionalism, on the basis of which the various agents within the health sector will shape future initiatives.

The Danish Association of Occupational Therapists intends to constantly develop and update the collection of documents in order to make it reflect the flexible role of occupational therapy in society.

Download the publication below.

Sidst opdateret
28.09.2016