This information is provided for reference purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice on OT/OTA practice in Colorado. Please refer to the Colorado OT Practice Act for specific requirements.
Occupational Therapist Roles
Occupational Therapy Assistant Roles
Supervision: OT/OTA Relationship. The OT/OTA relationship is a collaborative team that works together to determine goals and interventions to support patients in participating in daily meaningful occupations.he OT/OTA relationship is a collaborative team that works together to determine goals and interventions to support patients in participating in daily meaningful occupations.
"Supervision," is a process in which two or more people participate in a joint effort to promote, establish, maintain and/or evaluate a level of performance. The occupational therapist is responsible for the practice outcomes and documentation to accomplish the goals and objectives.
Levels of Supervision
Specific examples of an OTA needing “close” supervision: A therapist who is new to a particular task, a new graduate or an experienced practitioner who has switched to a new specialty.
"Routine supervision" requires the supervisor to have direct contact in person at least every two weeks at the work site or via telehealth with interim supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephone or written communication.
Specific examples of an OTA needing “routine” supervision: Once a new practitioner has increased his/her level of expertise and knowledge of the task at hand, he/she may be able to transition from “close” to “routine” supervision.
"General supervision" requires the supervisor to have at least monthly direct contact in person with the supervisee at the work site or via telehealth with supervision available as needed by other methods.
Specific examples of an OTA needing “general” supervision: A skilled OTA that has worked in the area of practice for many years and has been observed in a treatment session by their OT supervisor. If the OT is confident with the OTA, and the OTA has demonstrated service competency, they can go forward with once per month check in meetings (AOTA State Affairs Group, 2021).
Supervision of students in level II settings:
Please reference the following document from AOTA.