Abilene Christian University’s Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy philosophy reflects Mary Reilly’s statement that through the use of one’s hands a person is “. . .energized by mind and will, can influence the state of health.” Our belief about the definition of the scope of occupational therapy is that occupation can be defined as any activity or realm in which a human being finds meaning, pleasure, and purpose towards engaging in life.
Moreover, our view is that occupational therapy education promotes the philosophy that even as humans engage in a dynamic interactivity within the physical, social, temporal, cultural, psychological, spiritual, and virtual environments of life, is the very active engagement within the complex internal and external environments that create human change and adaptation. Occupational therapy education champions a fundamental assumption of health: to create change and adaptation within and for a participatory meaningful occupation that supports survival, self-actualization, occupational balance, and quality of life.