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
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
As 2014 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on another fantastic year of #OTalk. One of the things I love most about #OTalk is how it brings such a diverse range of people together to talk about really varied topics. Below are some of my favourite chats of the year. While I've only included… Continue reading 12 Days of #OTalk (2014)
Before you jump to conclusions, I haven't left my job! I'm currently on the train back from the College of Occupational Therapists Mental Health Specialist Section (COTSS-MH) meeting in (freezing cold, but ever-beautiful) York, and will be taking over as communications officer. It's been a really fun and informative day, and I'm looking forward to… Continue reading Announcement: New Role!
I love live tweeting from conferences. Not only does it help me to focus, it also makes me feel connected to other delegates - and to people reading from the comfort of their own homes. Today, I was one of those far-away people: reading tweets from the OT Show in Birmingham with my dog on… Continue reading Following #TheOTShow from afar: mental health sessions
My first placement was on an acute medical ward. I remember being so disappointed when I found out. "I want a mental health placement" I complained (*insert foot stamping here*), having known for many years that this was the clinical area I wanted to go into. Through all the transfers, cups of tea and washing… Continue reading Physical and Mental Health: Bridging the Gap
I've had an interest in using psychological approaches in occupational therapy for some time. Last year, I completed a six-month course in Cognitive Analytic Therapy skills - training that still influences my practice. This year, I'm learning something new: Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT). RO-DBT, developed by Professor Thomas Lynch, is an adaptation of standard DBT, designed for people… Continue reading Discovering Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)
This week's #OTalk is about reflecting on our own experiences of health and social care. I wrote a blog post entitled 'When Occupational Therapy Goes Right' for a previous #OTalk with a similar topic a few months ago. When I revisited it today, I realised that I had neglected to reflect on my own experience… Continue reading 5 Ways Physiotherapists Influenced My Practice
The week of 24th February - 2nd March 2014 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It's a great time to increase your understanding, especially if your answer to my question was, "not a lot". Check out the beat (beating eating disorders charity) website for information about eating disorders. For me, the best way to learn about disorders are… Continue reading What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?
Last year, I wrote a blog post about using psychological approaches in occupational therapy practice. Since then, I have been studying Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a therapy that incorporates cognitive and psychoanalytic approaches. Therapeutic Use of Self The most significant influence that CAT has had on my practice is in strengthening my therapeutic use of self. When I've noticed physical… Continue reading Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy