The Chilean miners stranded down their mine gives an example that OTs can use to communicate the value of occupation.
In a recent BBC article, here, Dr James Thompson, a psychology lecturer at University College London made the point that the priority was not to send anti-depressants to manage a situation but rather that;
“What they need is food and supplies and then systems building up and then to be given tasks to keep them busy.
“Maybe send down some equipment to give them something to do and to keep them involved.”
What a succinct and dramatic way of demonstrating the therapeutic role of occupation.
We now invite you to join us for a complimentary CPD training session on Thursday 30th September. We shall be running the presentation twice, at 1pm and again at the early evening slot of 7pm.
The topic will be a new 1 hour course “Communication in Occupational Therapy” exploring how we communicate with our clients and colleagues and the problems we encounter.
This presentation is packed with stories and practical advice and will enable you to communicate more effectively to save time and improve relationships in your practice.
Attendees will be sent a 1 hour CPD certificate to confirm their participation and supporting notes.
We look forward to sharing this session with you.
There are a great couple of posts over at the A Voice In The OT Wilderness blog.
Part one is here.
Part two is here.
The story revolves around a conflict arising from a client’s non-compliance with a specified art exercise. When asked to create a collage, one user, instead, created a 3D model.
This was used by one observer as evidence of that client’s “defiance” – a chilling thought redolent of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. There was a fascinating reason however for the deviation between the expectation of the observer and the interpretation and actions of the client.
The story reminds us that although we might be absolutely clear about communicating what we are asking clients to do, they, being the recipient of the message, receive the message and interpret it through their own filters.
Those filters are, in turn, shaped and coloured by their life experiences.
Go to Allie Hafez’ A Voice In The OT Wilderness blog now and read the story for yourself.
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