Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies

The Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies brings together the following distinct disciplines.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life. "Occupation" refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities.

Art Psychotherapy

Art Therapy involves the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a State Registered Art Therapist. Previous experience and/or skill in art is not required as the overall aim of Art Therapy is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. Art Therapy offers an opportunity for expression and communication and can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is based on the fact that everyone has the ability to respond to music. Music therapists use sounds and mostly improvised music, together with a client/s, to create a therapeutic relationship through non-verbal connection that enables communication and positive change in emotional wellbeing. Musical skill is not a prerequisite for clients; clients are encouraged to create their own musical language to express themselves. Music therapy can help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. Music therapists work collaboratively with families and in multi-disciplinary teams to provide care for each individual.

See more about the undergraduate and postgraduate courses we offer at QMU.

Head of Division

Ian R. McMillan
Tel: 0131 474 0000

  • Division News
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Interview with MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) student, Judy Stang

Judy Stang, 25, from Provost, Alberta, Canada, is studying MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registratio read more

13 November 2017

QMU students stage Student Occupational Therapy Links Scotland (SOTLS) Conference 2017

On 4th March, eight undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration occupational therapy students fr read more

28 March 2017

Interview with international student, Kristen Berge: MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Kristen Berge, 22, is from Owen Sound in Ontario, Canada. She is currently studying MSc Occupational read more

15 March 2017 More News

Practice Educator Event supporting placements for Music and Art Psychotherapy

Practice Educator Event supporting placements for Music and Art Psychotherapy Weds 21st March 2018 read more

21 March 2018 More Events

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