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The Meaning In Occupation

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The Meaning of Occupation? Just Doing.

The “What is Occupational Therapy To You?” post last week attracted quite a bit of attention both within the occupational therapy sector, but also from non-OTs.

You can follow the discussion there and see that the conversation in the comments.

I thought, when I wrote the article, that I was talking about that old chestnut of an argument, “What is OT?”  Readers however were more interested in the question “What do you DO?”

Jouyin Teoh, a blogger at OT on OT challenged us to drill down further and focus on the “occupation” within occupational therapy. 

When we talk about occupation within OT we use it in a sense that has no sense outside of our spheres.  To the rest of the world your occupation is “Yer job” and nothing more.  The common misconception that occupational therapists are people who only help you get back to work makes perfect sense accordingly.

When we consider “What do we do to give our lives meaning ?” then we are far more aligned to the client and their world view. 

So how can we open up this idea of occupation as just doing or being?

Quite by accident I followed up last week’s “What is…” post with an article looking at occupational therapy issues on Flickr . The thought occurs to me that we could share and celebrate what it is that we do by way of photography.

To that end, I have set up a Flickr Group page called “Occupation… just doing“.  I have seeded it with some photos of varing quality from my own collection.  These are photos of doing, or being, even the mundane things, which give meaning to our lives.

Why not share some of yours?  Take photos, whether on your mobile phone or dedicated camera, of you, or people you know, just doing things.  Let’s celebrate these things we do and get a broader understanding of what it is that we do, when we do what do.

This is not a competition, and there is no need for excellence.  This is simply about sharing and celebrating the joy of occupation.

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OT Blog Review

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Thanks to Flickr's Austinevan for the photo on Creative Commons

Have a look over there, no, not there, right over there on the far side.

There is a section called Blogroll. 

What does that mean?

A Blogroll is a collection of Blogs that we at Harrison read and that we think you might want to read in addition to our own.

We have some criteria that we apply when considering which blogs to add.

  1. They need to be actively updated.  Blogs need to be updated on a reasonably regular basis, even if only once a month or so.  Anything which has not been updated for 4 months is unlikely to be on there. 
  2. They need to be relevant to you.  They might not all be purely about OT but will be connected to elements of the healthcare industry relevant to us.
  3. They need to be well written.  Thankfully I have not yet come across a poorly written healthcare blog yet, but if I do, it will not make it onto the role.

We hope that you will enjoy the other contributors to the OT debate that can be found within blogs around the world.  We also hope that other practitioners will feel compelled to start theie own blogs or offer to write a guest blog article here on ThinkingOT.

All of the other blogs have their own voice and style.  Here is a very quick review of the ones that are there and why they have been chosen.

ABC Therapeutics Blog  Chris Alterio writes this blog and does so very well.  He has a good ear for a story and is generous with his time and knowledge, sharing insights backed up with book references for your own further reading.  He has been blogging and using social media to build community and discussion for four years, as he points out in this article.  Top of the list, and deservedly so.

A Voice In The OT Wilderness is written by Allie Hafez and is currently exploring the challenges of having to observe her own mother going through OT.  It makes for compelling, and sometimes, painful reading.

(B)e(LO)n(G), OT is an enjoyable blog written by a newly qualified OT making the transition from student to professional.  Short, experience based articles.

HealthSkills is written by Bronwyn Thompson from New Zealand.  It has a wealth of information, primarily but not exclusively, about chronic pain management. 

OTBlogs is not, in fact, a blog at all.  Instead it is a colelction of blog article titles from several months ago, right up to date.  I am not sure what criteria they use but if you want a lot more from the OT and health care blog world, then start here.

Salford University Occupational Therapy Education Blog is perhaps my current favourite.  It is written here in the UK and regularly updated.  It shares the thoughts, trials and tribulations of the OT education team at Salford University.  As such it gives fascinating insights into academic management and also the hopes and aspirations of the educators and students alike.  We’re intrigued to see that the department has done some work in Romania, a country that is close to our own hearts and integral to our social responsibility commitments.

TechnOT is Anita Hamilton’s blog, from Canada, on how technology is impacting upon the world of OT and enabling clients and faciliting function.  Fascinating stuff about which Anita has a clear passion.

If there are other blogs that you think we, or our readers should be reading, then please do let us know in the comments.

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February 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

Introducing the Thinking OT blog

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Well, much like an episode of Starsky and Hutch, or the James Bond films, I have set the scene with a couple of early posts before rolling the opening credits.

This is the blog for Harrison Training to share some thoughts on the OT profession generally.  Welcome.

It is designed to provide stimulus for debate and interesting conversation.

Thinking OT will write about the specific challenges that the occupational therapy and health care sectors are presented with, but also more general concerns.   There will be articles looking at specific practice areas, training and compliance issues , but also more conceptual areas as well.

This blog will also enable us to further support and add value to the training that we deliver.

We anticipate that articles will be written by staff and associates of Harrison Training, but also by a broad spectrum of practitioners and academics within and outside the OT profession.

I put myself forward as an example, and in the interest of full disclosure. 

I am not an Occupational Therapist.  Articles that I write are written from an outsider’s self-admittedly ignorant point of view.  My role, accordingly, is not to set down an authoritative line, but simply to provoke thought and discussion.

A few rules, but they’re really easy.  They’re more guidelines than rules…

  1. I will be blogging fortnightly at least so click on the RSS subscription button on the right to get notified of new articles.  You can watch this video for more details about how RSS works.  Alternatively, subscribe to be notified by email.
  2. Answer back.  Please do comment on any articles.  All comments are read but will be posted unmoderated unless, of course, they are offensive.  Or illegal.   
  3. Suggest areas or topics you would like us to explore.  We will be more than happy to follow your lead.
  4. Recommend other sites and blogs that you enjoy reading so we can list them in our list of other blogs you might like, the Blogroll, on the right.

It’s good to meet you all.  See you around!

Neil Denny

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February 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm