Ergotherapy is a therapeutic approach that has been in use since the time of World War as a fundamental component of rehabilitation, and is also known as “Occupational Therapy”. Ergotherapists work with individuals who, due to illness or impairment, are obliged to relearn basic tasks and occupations, assisting in their industrial adaptation by contributing to their return-to-work process or the learning of a new profession. The goal of ergotherapy practice is to reduce the existing pathology, protect and maintain health, preserve and increase the level of the patient’s independence and productivity. While this profession is currently only of interest in the area of rehabilitation in our country, abroad it is considered one of the professions of the future abroad.
Ergotherapy graduates can work in hospitals, health centers, geriatric centers, social centers, centers for public health and occupational health as well as rehabilitation centers; they can also choose to work with patients in their own homes or workplaces, or in institutions of special education. Graduates can also specialize in various rehabilitation fields, such as working with developmentally retarded or mentally handicapped children. Graduates who wish to pursue an academic career can also continue postgraduate education at universities at home or abroad.