Practice Standards and Guidelines

These are published by the College of Occupational Therapists of BC to help occupational therapists apply the Essential Competencies to BC practice by:

  • Defining their responsibilities,
  • Describing minimal expectations for occupational therapy practice, and
  • Defining safe, ethical, competent practice.

See sidebar for why the College is moving from practice guidelines to standards. Eventually all current practice guidelines will be revised to practice standards.

Current Practice Standards

Professional Boundaries Series (May 2017)

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Professional Boundaries Practice Standards – All
Includes overview, definitions, 4 standards, expectations in practice and risk tool.

PB Practice Standard 1: Fostering Therapeutic Relationships

PB Practice Standard 2: Recognizing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Practice Standard 3: Preventing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Practice Standard 4: Managing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Risk Assessment and Management


Preventing Sexual Misconduct Series (May 2017)

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Preventing Sexual Misconduct Practice Standards – All

PSM Practice Standard 1: Recognizing Sexual Misconduct

PSM Practice Standard 2: Avoiding Sexual Misconduct

PSM Practice Standard 3: Addressing Concerns related to Potential Sexual Misconduct

PSM Risk Assessment and Management


Conflict of Interest Series (May 2016)

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Conflict of Interest (COI) Practice Standards – All (PDF)
Includes overview, definitions, 3 standards, expectations in practice and risk tool.

COI Practice Standard 1: Recognizing Conflict of Interest (PDF)

COI Practice Standard 2: Preventing Conflict of Interest (PDF)

COI Practice Standard 3: Managing Conflict of Interest (PDF)

COI Risk Assessment and Management (PDF)

Professional Boundaries Practice Standards – All


Managing Client Information Series (November 2014)

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Managing Client Information (MCI) Practice Standards – All (PDF)
Includes overview, definitions, 6 standards and risk tool.

MCI Practice Standard 1: Collecting and Recording Client Information (PDF) (includes information regarding electronic records)

MCI Practice Standard 2: Protecting Client Information (PDF) (Privacy and Security)

MCI Practice Standard 3: Client Access to the Occupational Therapy Record (PDF)

MCI Practice Standard 4: Disclosing the Occupational Therapy Record (PDF)

MCI Practice Standard 5: Records Respecting Financial Matters (PDF)

MCI Practice Standard 6: Retention and Destruction of the Occupational Therapy Record (PDF)

MCI Risk Assessment and Management Tool (PDF)


Current Practice Guidelines

Supervising Support Personnel (PDF) (2011)

Obtaining Consent to Occupational Therapy Services (PDF) (2008)

Guidelines for Establishing Professional Boundaries to Prevent Sexual Misconduct (PDF) (2006)