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Vision, Mission, Core Values, Leadership Motto, and Code of Ethics


Vision Statement

We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs. (adopted from AOTA) 

Mission Statement

OTAC serves, supports, and promotes the profession of occupational therapy and its practitioners. 

Core Values

The Occupational Therapy Association of California adheres to the following core values to guide the Association's actions and decisions in pursuing its vision and mission, and carrying out the Strategic Plan.

  • Integrity and competence in its service to members, consumers, and other stakeholders.
  • Progressive leadership in providing vision for advancement of the profession.
  • Advocacy to secure and advance occupational therapy as a viable profession through legislative and political involvement.
  • Aggressive promotion and accurate representation of the profession in the marketplace.
  • Professional development to provide quality education and resources to advance the knowledge, skills, and continued competence of occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Volunteerism providing the underlying integral foundation of the Association.

Leadership Motto

Take ownership. Respond quickly. Solve problems. Remember follow-up.


Code of Ethics for OTAC Members

Why have a code of ethics?

  • To define accepted/acceptable behaviors.
  • To promote high standards of practice.
  • To provide a benchmark for members to use for self-evaluation.
  • To establish a framework for professional behavior and responsibilities.
  • As a vehicle for the promotion of occupational therapy.
  • As a mark of professional maturity.

As an OTAC member, I make a commitment to:

  • Provide quality practice of occupational therapy in the state of California.
  • Maintain and promote high standards in the delivery of client-centered occupational therapy services.
  • Engage in life-long professional learning to stay current and ensure competency in practice.
  • Advocate on behalf of the client about the role of OT and services provided to the public, other professionals, legislators, etc.
  • Only recommend and/or provide occupational therapy services based on evidence, best practices, and clinical expertise.
  • Observe confidentiality and conflict of interest standards across settings and situations.
  • Understand the implications/impact of billing requirements from funding sources for occupational therapy services.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing/applicable to the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Comply with the OT Practice Act and regulations, AOTA Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice.

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