Changes to RASP Allow OTs to Gain Experience Necessary for Eligibility

Release date: March 13, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017 a new category “Supervised Occupational Therapist” will appear on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Occupational therapists (OTs) new to the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and who do not have clinical experience working with children with ASD under the age of six will be registered in this category. Experience is gained while under the supervision of an experienced OT who currently qualifies for the RASP. Both those approved as a supervised OT and their supervisor will appear on the RASP.

Please note: This new category is specific to the RASP. It is not a new registration category within COTBC.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) developed this new category in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia (CAOT-BC), the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), Autism Community Training (ACT), and the RASP Advisory Panel.

For further details please visit the ACT website:

Applying for the RASP as an Occupational Therapist

Supervised OT Info for Families

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BC OTs Take the Lead in National Awards

Release date: April 20, 2016

BC Occupational Therapists took the lead in the CAOT National Awards ceremony in Banff this morning. College Registrar Kathy Corbett received an Award of Merit for her leadership in professional regulation in Canada, Patti Erlendson is this year’s CAOT-BC Outstanding OT, Sandra Hobson was recognized for her outstanding volunteer service, Dr.  Alison Gerlach won the Golden Quill Award for the most influential paper in CJOT, and Dr. Karen Whalley Hammell received the highest award bestowed on an OT in Canada – the Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship. Their leadership advances the best quality occupational therapy care possible in BC and beyond. Thank you.