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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

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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

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, Mental Health

Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s

Last year, @pd2ot and I hosted an #OTalk tweetchat about occupational therapy and eating disorders for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW14). We had 63 participants, and tweets from the chat made 659,387 impressions. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, challenge stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for… Continue reading Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Physical and Mental Health: Bridging the Gap

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

Transition

The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

It's been over six months since I wrote the last blog post about my transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist. As I questioned whether I had enough to say to warrant another post, a realisation hit me: I no longer feel "newly qualified". Of course, I still have a lot to learn, but university… Continue reading The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?

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?

Transition

The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders

This week marks the end of my first year as an occupational therapist, and with it, the end of my first (temporary) post. I've enjoyed working in adult acute inpatient mental health, particularly the flexibility that the role affords. Being ward-based has allowed me to work very closely with the multidisciplinary team, constantly re-evaluating my… Continue reading The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders