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This is different to other e-Learning you may have experienced. Acting as a 'volunteer", your skills & knowledge are enhanced in tackling complex issues such as: disaster response, resilience, disaster risk reduction. Concepts are operationalized.

Who is this for?

Designed for occupational therapists, assistants and students, the program may also benefit climate change adaptation professionals, development planners, project implementers and policy makers.


What will I learn?

After completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the disaster management cycle and the equitable and sustainable patterns of human activity that can potentially reduce disaster risk and vulnerability.
  • Recognize the role of the occupational therapist in the emergency response and long-term recovery of individuals, communities and populations post-disaster.
  • Identify the strategic planning and coordinated efforts of one's local community, state, and country for development of risk-reduction strategies and emergency planning.
  • Acquire knowledge about how to facilitate resilience, and restore health and well-being thorough occupation.
  • Become aware of the available tools that exist to help people prepare for and respond to disasters.
  • Apply the principles for provision of culturally-sensitive, immediate and long-term support for people with pre-existing and/or new disabilities, in consideration of the experiences of vulnerable and socially-marginalized groups

You will be lead through:

  • Session 1 Day 1 – 5 post disaster: Competencies for working in disaster situations
  • Session 2 Day 5 – 7 post disaster: Community-preparedness for disaster
  • Session 3 Day 10 – 12 post disaster: The immediate post-disaster role of occupational therapists and other responders
  • Session 4 Day 21- 28 post disaster: Recovery & rehabilitation strategies - the role of occupational therapists in rebuilding communities in temporary housing & permanent structures
  • Session 5: Day 53+ post disaster: Risk-reduction and global response - Post 2015 UN Framework for Action


How long is the course?

Activities may require at least two to five hours per week to be undertaken in your own time over a period of 5-10 weeks. Chapters from the textbook, Disaster and Development: Occupational Perspectives (Rushford & Thomas, 2015) are assigned for each session. You will be expected to contribute and share in learning through the online chatroom. You will have access to the course for 10 weeks’ duration.


Is this for me?

Time limited but want to know more about the topic? This course is designed to ensure learning is personally meaningful and professionally relevant. We will lead you through the program and the information will be easy to engage in. This is anytime, anywhere learning to suit your work and life. You can access by desktop/ laptop, mobile and IPad devices.


What do I need to know?

There are no course prerequisites other than your willingness to learn about this topic.


Do I receive a certificate at the end?

On completion of all requirements including final exam, a certificate of completion stating the normal number of contact hours will be issued from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Enrollment for this course is now closed.

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