This site aims to serve as a tool for occupational therapy and occupational science practitioners, researchers, students and educators who are aiming to work with displaced persons in their specific countries.

In May 2016, during the ENOTHE-COTEC conference in Galway, Ireland, it was recognized that there was a need to build a network of OT's in Europe who are interested in working with displaced persons. This site aims to contribute to this next by providing a map and description of current practice examples, a report and position paper of OT in Europe with displaced persons, discussion forums and resources for researchers, practitioners, students and educators.

Latest News and Updates

March 23, 2021

Join us April 22nd for the Virtual Student Conference - for students, by students! See the student space for more information and the link to the registration! Registration now open!


February 17, 2021

Dear students and other interested persons!

Thank you very much for all your contributions for our webside! Please look under "student space" at all different projects all around Europe!

The OT-Europe Group would like to host an online conference discussing the different project results and we would like your projects to be included! On 25 February 2021 (Thursday) from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm (Central European Time) we would like to discuss the planning of this mini conference, i.e. who would be willing to take on which tasks in the preparation of the online event. 22 April 2021 (Thursday) from 4 pm to 7 pm (Central European Time) as the date for the student conference.


Are you too late? That doesn't matter. If you have any interest to participate in one or other way, please do not hesitate to contact


kim.roos@zhaw.ch



November 11, 2020

Announcement for students and educators!

The Occupational Therapy Europe Interest Group on Displaced Persons is Looking for Input!

Are you a student (bachelor or master) studying Occupational Therapy who is currently working on a project in your studies related to the topic of Human Displacement, Refugees or Migration? Or are you a student who has completed a project related to one of these topics in the past?

The OT-Europe Interest Group aims to collect projects from students throughout Europe who are working on this area and to provide a platform for them on our website. In this way, we aim to have a place where students can see what projects have been completed in the past, what questions still remain and can connect with other students interested in this area.

Additionally, the OT-Europe Group would like to host an online conference discussing the different project results and we would like your projects to be included!

If you would like your project included in the website please send a short (200-300 word) summary of your project, explaining the main questions, methods and results to: n.l.blankvoort@hva.nl

The deadline for project submission is December 1st, 2020.


June 12, 2020

Excitement announcement! The on-line world-premiere of the short film Night Becomes Day will take place on 18th June, 6PM Australian Eastern Standard Time.

This film introduces case studies in the 'Working with displaced persons' online module from WFOT and showcases the work of Occupational Therapist Theo Bogeas with displaced persons.

The event includes an international panel discussion including Theo Bogeas, OT and is leading into Refugee Week around the world.

Register here: https://www.fanforcetv.com/programs/nightbecomesday18thjune

Night Becomes Day is the first virtual reality documentary which explores forcible displacement, immersing you in a real refugee journey from camp to community. Through humane professional support, teenage boy Sohail's displacement and resettlement from an Athen's refugee camp makes a stunning human challenge to Australian and US refugee management.

Viewing can be via any screen with 2D regular; or 3D immersive through VR headsets or glasses.

For more information about the film and the education resources: http://www.nightbecomesday.com

The cost for the viewing and panel is USD7.99


April 20 2020

Time for an update! The OT-Europe Interest Group has been busy the last months continuing to collect practice examples from across Europe and we are impressed to see what occupational therapists, educators and students are doing in the field of displaced persons. Please continue to send us your input!

We have also been in discussed with PREP project - a project carried out my our colleagues in physiotherapy on developing education materials for healthcare workers on working with refugees. We are excited to tell you that we will be collaborating with them to hopefully offer resources to all of you soon! For more information see the update here: Update on Interest Group Activities

Lastly, we have been communicating with you over email since our last workshop at the ENOTHE conference in Athens. After a productive think tank we have identified some key action points moving forward and will be contact people directly who have highlighted areas where they would like to contribute.

Are you a student who is interested in exploring the area of displaced persons and Occupational Therapy? See our Student Space for more information on how you can contribute: Student Space

Interested in work we've done in the past?

Check out the Practice Examples and Interactive Map for the up-to-date information on what's going on in Europe!

And the documents which we published last year: We have published a report on current practice examples of OT with displaced persons in Europe, a call-to-action document and a template position paper. These documents can be found here and also can be found on the OT-Europe website.