When Occupational Therapy Goes Right

In preparation for tonight’s #OTalk entitled “When Occupational Therapy Goes Wrong”, I’ve been reflecting on times when occupational therapy does not live up to its potential. I have never received occupational therapy services, but I’ve listened to a lot of people who have. Common themes I’ve heard/observed of occupational therapy “going wrong” include: When there is […]

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Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Analytic 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 […]

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#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 […]

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