Erick Valdelomar Career Director
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Occupational Therapy

Bachelors: 2 years and 8 months 

Licentiates: 1 year 

It is a professional career with a social, humanistic, and research orientation whose object of study is a human occupation in all stages of human life. It forms highly specialized professionals with a solid conceptual, humanistic, social, practical, ethical, and research base, capable of understanding, analyzing, and intervening in the needs of the country in the area of Human Occupation, and of attending to all types of the population such as children, youth, adults, and the elderly. Likewise, Occupational Therapy is the science in charge of the prevention and promotion of the impairment in any of the systems to diminish the impact of the disability that affects the performance of the role, according to the age, sex, social, cultural and occupational factors, achieving the maximum level of functional and occupational independence of the user. A professional career immersed in the health and social sciences and, at the community level, with a humanistic and research orientation, whose object of study is the human occupation and the occupational performance of the person at all stages of the life cycle, intervening in the health, educational, labor, legal and social community environments. It provides services to persons or different population groups that, on presenting situations of stress, illness, limitations, lack of opportunities, dysfunction or disability, see their functionality, their quality of life, and therefore, their integral health, affected. Occupational Therapy seeks to enable everyone to have a functional, meaningful life by being as independent as possible. 

My name is Erick Valdelomar Marín and I have the honor of being the Career Director. It is a pleasure to present to you, through our web page, information about our academic program, professional training objectives, curriculum, work profile and extension, and updating activities for our students and graduates. 

The School of Occupational Therapy of the Universidad Santa Paula, is a pioneer in Costa Rica, Central America and the Caribbean in the development of this discipline, in addition we are a SINAES Accredited Career since 2019, thus becoming the first Career in Occupational Therapy to be accredited in Central America and the Caribbean. 

Our career has as a fundamental objective the formation of highly specialized professionals in the area of Occupational Therapy, with a solid conceptual, humanistic, social, practical, ethical, and investigative base, capable of understanding, analyzing, and intervening in the needs of the country in the area of Human Occupation, and of attending to all types of population throughout the Course of Life, such as children, youth, adults, the elderly, and communities. These objectives are developed in an environment of study, academic responsibility, practical activities, analysis of cases, communities and particular situations, that allow the student to prevent, intervene, compensate and give effective solutions, to the possible difficulties related to the participation and independence in the daily life of the person-patient who is attended. 

These activities are directed by our academic team, which has extensive experience in work, teaching and practice. 

Finally, for the School of Occupational Therapy, the experience of the accreditation process with SINAES was totally enriching since it allowed us to consolidate our commitment to excellence in the training of professionals in Occupational Therapy, as well as strengthening our Policy of Continuous Improvement to guarantee a competent exit profile that is dynamic in the face of the integral needs of people-families-communities, thus declaring our commitment to train professionals to be able to deal with the great challenges of the emerging social and health situations typical of the temporality of the context in which our society develops. In this way, our professional graduation profile emphasizes the relationship between Human Occupation and Context, Culture, Human Rights and Human Diversity. 

It is very important to consolidate and feedback this process, to have an open communication channel through our website, to exchange information, and to serve as a means of approaching and disseminating our Career at a national and international level. 

Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy 

Erick Valdelomar., OT 

Director of the Occupational Therapy School. 

The Occupational Therapist is a health professional who serves as a facilitator towards the promotion, prevention, empowerment, intervention, rehabilitation and compensation for people whose abilities to cope with daily demands are limited by physical, cognitive, social, environmental or emotional conditions. 

To achieve this, it uses different therapeutic procedures, evaluative methods, scientifically analyzed occupational activities, techniques, adaptations, and means of intervention in the treatment and individual or group care. 

What are the activities s/he performs? 

  • Institutional programs with children, adults, workers, older adults at the level of promotion, prevention, empowerment of skills for life performance. 
  • Community programs that seek to improve people’s socialization, daily life and social participation 
  • Advisory and consulting programs, both private and public 
  • Private practice 
  • Intervention and treatment of people with physical, mental, sensory, cognitive dysfunctions, in state or private health institutions 
  • Programs of sensory stimulation, appropriate stimulation of development in children with or without disabilities. 
  • Recruitment programs, ergonomics, occupational health 
  • Vocational rehabilitation programs. 
  • Leveling courses, educational adaptations, child stimulation in regular and special education. 
  • Programs for older adults. 
  • Programs for mental health. 
  • Therapeutic attention in home modality to patients. 
  • Elaboration of splints 
  • Elaborate environmental and architectural adaptations and modifications 
  • Training and education of parents as active agents in the treatment and intervention process. 
  • Training teachers as agents who facilitate the learning process of children. 
  • Training of caregivers as responsible for the quality care of patients and users in their care 
  • Public and private schools and colleges at both the special and regular levels. 
  • Public and private hospitals and clinics (National Rehabilitation Center, Calderón Guardia Hospital, Geriatric Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Chacón Paut Hospitals among others). 
  • Public and private sector companies 
  • Geriatric Homes (Shelters, Day Care Centers) 
  • Private practices 
  • Home care 
  • National and international social institutions 
  • National and international institutional advice 
  • Elaboration of splints and adaptations. 
  • Professional rehabilitation 
  • Occupational Health Teams 
  • Rehabilitation Units 
  • Sensory Integration and Pediatric Stimulation Centers 
  • Drug dependency clinics and rehabilitation centers 
  • Educational Centers 
  • Community-Based Centers