8 questions to an occupational therapist!

In Student Business by dlobjoie

Health includes many professions, including occupational therapy!

I met Émilie Bacquet, occupational therapist at Groupe Ergo Ressources, who took part in Student Business for the first time in 2017. An opportunity to learn more about a trade whose name we know, but which we probably understand less about ins and outs.

1- Tell me about Ergo Resources Group.

The Ergo Resources Group is a private occupational therapy clinic set up a little over 20 years ago. Over the years, the services offered have grown and there are now several points of service in the greater Montreal area.

Our services are divided into 2 branches, the Child Development Clinic and the Worker’s Clinic. Our interdisciplinary teams are composed of occupational therapists but also of speech therapists, specialized educators, physiotherapists, kinesiologists and psychologists depending on the clientele and the need for rehabilitation. ”

2- Could you define occupational therapy in a few sentences?

“Our specialty is to improve patients’ independence by focusing on obstacles encountered in carrying out their activities. Whether due to a decrease in physical, mental, emotional, emotional or stress-related problems.

Our role is initially to develop the capacities in the person for the resumption or the maintenance of the activities. When we do not succeed, it is to find possible compensations. It is a very close objective to the activities of the everyday life, to autonomy. ”

3- What studies are needed to become an occupational therapist?

“In recent years, it’s a master’s degree that is required. Depending on the universities, the program is set up in different ways. In some, one does a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline then a master’s degree in ergo and in others it is a continuum in ergo: bachelor’s and master’s degree. ”

4- What do you think of doing as a profession at the age of 15??

“I was interested in health. In my head, I saw myself a doctor.

As I progressed toward medicine, I realized that it required a great deal of personal involvement. Hours of irregular work, long shifts, which seemed less compatible with other projects, such as family. Finally, I found something in occupational therapy that met all of my needs and aspirations. ”

5- Why did you choose to take part in the Student Business program?

“We chose to get involved for two reasons. As an occupational therapist, it’s part of our mission to pass on our knowledge. Interns from the university are often welcomed.

In a second step, occupational therapy is an unknown profession. When I was the age of the interns we hosted last summer, I did not really know what an occupational therapist was, it’s a great way to introduce them to our profession! ”

6- How was the reception of interns?

“We welcomed 4 young students over 2 weeks. We did a team supervision, we were 5, which allowed them to see many aspects of our profession.

We are used to interns, but older and especially who began their training. There we were in the exploration of the profession. At first, we had a little shock. Our 15 years are already far away. It was a great experience. What I find good in supervising young people is that it makes us rediscover our profession, through innocent and curious eyes! ”

7- Would you encourage other organizations to participate in the program?

” Yes! It’s a beautiful experience. The implication is very small compared to what it can bring in the life of a young person. It’s a week when we’re more available, but it’s just as rewarding for us. It forces us to ask ourselves questions and to review our way of doing things a little bit. In the end, all the positive counterbalance the effort that it can ask. We will re-embark next year! ”

8- What message would you send to young people interested in health?

“I would encourage them to explore beyond known titles: doctor, nurse, physiotherapist. There are a variety of health professions that are less well-known, yet they are very much in line with what many are looking for in the health sector.

There are many things to consider when health matters to us. How comfortable you are with the touch and intimacy of people for example. In occupational therapy, sometimes you have to go home. We arrive at a stranger and we must make arrangements in his kitchen, bathroom, etc.

Every job has its own characteristics, and exploring and going to see lesser-known things may open up new horizons and allow everyone to find their way. ”


This article is part of a series of portraits of mentors 2017 that will be published punctually by the summer.

The photo on the cover of the article was produced by Sarah Geerits in 2017 and additional images come from Montreal Relève.