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Ergotherapy vs art therapist - same thing?

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I am contemplating taking a 4 year program at the CEPV university in Vevey. I believe that after completing either of their 3 subjects (photography, ceramics or visual design) that I can work as an ergotherapist BUT am confused as when I research requirements and schooling for ergotherapy there is a specific Ergotherapy diploma (which takes 4 years) that you can obtain.

I thought i would have to do the ergotherapy course until now, but I must say the uni in Vevey and studying Visual Design seems much more interesting (and maybe a better broad subject for a diploma)

I looked on job up the big jobs site and some job offers say 'diplome ergotherapy required' and some say 'Relevant art degree required'

Also what is the difference with the job postings - some say 'art therapist wanted' and some say 'ergotherapist wanted' is it just a matter of wording??

Anyone know anything about this field and can help? Thanks!!!!!
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Also if anyone had any idea of a general salary for an ergotherapist that would be great - can't seem to find any info on that on the web

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Re: Ergotherapy vs art therapist - same thing?

Maybe i posted in the wrong place? Is it possible to get an apprentissage as an ergotherapist or do you absolutely have to go the whole diploma route ? the course seems really heavy going.
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Re: Ergotherapy vs art therapist - same thing?

I don't think this is far wrong:
A few years back the title 'Ergotherapist' (Occupational Therapist) was gained by successfully completing an Eidgenössische Diploma Course which took four years at a school of Ergotherapy.
Now it is a Fachhochschule Bachelor or Master Course. (Leo: Advanced Technical College/College of Higher Education/University of Applied Sciences)

Try Googling Ergotherapie
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Re: Ergotherapy vs art therapist - same thing?

Hi,

I'm not an ergotherapist... but I am a patient at a psychiatric hospital who attends ergotherapy on a regular basis.

I was talking to one of the ergotherapists (who runs the ceramics workshop) and I asked her how she came to know about ceramics. (I was curious because it seemed to me that it required more specific skills than some of the other workshops). She told me that she trained as a ceramist before she trained as an ergotherapist, which would seem to indicate that there is a difference. I don't know if that helps.

At one point I was interested in re-training in the field myself and when I talked to the team about it they told me I would need to do the 4 year course (http://www.eesp.ch/bachelor/ergotherapie/).

If you like I can ask someone for clarification the next time I go to ergotherapy... unfortunately the ceramics ergotherapist is in the States on a language course at the moment but one of the others might be able to help!
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