Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

#DearMentalHealthProfessionals

Because 140 characters are just not enough. Dear Mental Health Professionals, I've been reading the #DearMentalHealthProfessionals hashtag on Twitter (Storify opens in new window). I feel a deep sense of sadness and shame thinking about the variations in quality and service user experience that exist. Having worked in mental health for many years - first as… Continue reading #DearMentalHealthProfessionals

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Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Is Boredom More Than an Emotional Response to a Lack of Occupation?

We will be discussing Boredom using the #occhat hashtag on Tuesday 7th May, 8pm BST. Click here to view the transcript of the #occhat exploring boredom. What is your experience of boredom? What do you think causes it? How can boredom be overcome? Is boredom an issue that occupational therapists should address? Flickr: Gargio78 bore·dom [bawr-duh m, bohr-]  noun… Continue reading Is Boredom More Than an Emotional Response to a Lack of Occupation?

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Psychological Approaches: Enhancing Occupational Therapy or Filling Gaps?

At this year’s College of Occupational Therapists (COT) conference, I attended several sessions where occupational therapists spoke about using psychological (specifically Cognitive Behavioural-, CBT, and Dialectical Behaviour-, DBT) approaches in their practice. The strong opinions I encountered – on either side of the debate – have prompted months’ worth of reading and reflection. I continue to be intrigued… Continue reading Psychological Approaches: Enhancing Occupational Therapy or Filling Gaps?