Blog Posts

Board Games

Guidance for Contributors

First of all, thank you for your interest in this project. I hope that, together, we can pull together a really useful resource for occupational therapists who want to use board games in their practice. Please see the information below for suggestions of what to include in your guest post. Click here for an example.… Continue reading Guidance for Contributors

Board Games

Timeline: Music and Cinema (2013)

Review by GeekyOT Photo from RedMeeple.com Introduction - info taken from BoardGameGeek.com Players: 2-8 (best: 4-6)Playing Time: 15 minWeight: 1.11/5Type: family gameCategory: card game, educational, triviaMechanisms: N/A Each card depicts a historical event on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from… Continue reading Timeline: Music and Cinema (2013)

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Nise: the Heart of Madness (2016), an Interview with Roberto Berliner

A little over a year ago, I stumbled across a Brazilian film on Netflix called 'Nise: the Heart of Madness' (or 'Nise: O Coração da Loucura'). It is based on the true story of Dr Nise da Silveira, a Brazillian psychiatrist who founded the occupational therapy department at Brazil's National Psychiatric Centre. The film has… Continue reading Nise: the Heart of Madness (2016), an Interview with Roberto Berliner

Presentations

#TheOTShow: Eating sushi, building railroads and surviving the zombie apocalypse: using the new generation of board games in forensic mental health

I was recently approached about presenting at this year's OT Show in Birmingham. My thoughts immediately darted to a new board games group I was trialling in the medium secure unit where I work. And each time I came up with a different idea, I felt the magnetic pull back to board games. I've often asked myself… Continue reading #TheOTShow: Eating sushi, building railroads and surviving the zombie apocalypse: using the new generation of board games in forensic mental health

Uncategorized

CPD Portfolio of an Occupational Therapy Geek

It’s that time in the life cycle of an occupational therapist, where reminders to renew HCPC registration go out and people start anxiously checking their mailbox for a “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR AUDIT” letter. And it’s now that people inevitably start thinking more about their continuing professional development (CPD) portfolios - how… Continue reading CPD Portfolio of an Occupational Therapy Geek

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5 Things You Should Know About Working with People with Eating Disorders

Having recently started a new role in eating disorders, and with Eating Disorders Awareness Week just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to collect my thoughts about working with people with eating disorders. The majority of my eating disorders experience has come from working at an eating disorders day service and supporting… Continue reading 5 Things You Should Know About Working with People with Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

The Hidden Depths of Occupational Therapy in Eating Disorders – LSBU Student Conference

Following on from our presentation at the College of Occupational Therapists Eastern Region 'Dark Side of Occupational Therapy' study day, Mary Cowan and I met today to prepare our presentation for the London South Bank University student conference. The theme of the conference is 'The Power of Occupation: Maintaining Professional Identity in the Face of Change'… Continue reading The Hidden Depths of Occupational Therapy in Eating Disorders – LSBU Student Conference

Transition

Locum Work – Taking the Leap and Defying Gravity

My occupational therapy journey so far has felt like a rollercoaster. It all started with the first ascent into acute inpatient mental health. After a year, I finally felt that the journey had smoothed out. Then came the next big hill - working in eating disorders, followed by another hill as I was promoted to senior occupational therapist and… Continue reading Locum Work – Taking the Leap and Defying Gravity

The Dark Side of Occupation

Exploring the Dark Side of Occupation #ERCOT16 #thedarksideofoccupation

My colleague Mary Cowan and I were really excited when Dr Rebecca Twinley for invited us to facilitate a workshop at the College of Occupational Therapists Eastern Region 'Dark Side of Occupational Therapy' study day on 30th September 2016. We love any chance to get our OTgeek on, and are very grateful for the opportunity. Unfortunately, I will not be… Continue reading Exploring the Dark Side of Occupation #ERCOT16 #thedarksideofoccupation

Eating Disorders, Presentations

‘Occupation Matters in Eating Disorders’ – References for Plymouth University Presentation

Presentation: Sorlie C, Biddle L, Cowan M (2015) 'Occupation Matters in Eating Disorders', presentation on 18th March at Plymouth University References Elliot M (2012) ‘Figured World of Eating Disorders: Occupations of Illness‘, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(1), 15-22 Lock L, Pepin G (2010) Eating disorders. In: in Brown C, Stoffel VC, eds. Occupational therapy in mental… Continue reading ‘Occupation Matters in Eating Disorders’ – References for Plymouth University Presentation