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)

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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

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

12 Days of #OTalk (2014)

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)

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Following #TheOTShow from afar: mental health sessions

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

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

Occupational Therapy

Discovering Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)

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)

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?