A Student’s perspective: ‘Exploring the use of theoretical application in practice’

A guest Post by Michelle Perryman, a 2nd year MSc Occupational Therapy Student (Accelerated Route) from the UK


Over the past two years, i have asked Occupational Therapist’s (OT’s) which theory underpins their practice? I was told the 100% of theoretical consideration I seek would only contribute to around 30% of my reasoning’s in the ‘real world’. Furthermore, at times evidence-based practice will not be mentioned.  As a result, I observed. So what did I find? Although, the professionals did not verbally link theory, this however, was projected by their practice, I found the OT’s employing Frames of references  (FORs) such as the client centered approach to the behavioral FOR (and more). So I questioned? Why is the expression of evidence based practice important if its already being used? Continue reading

Guest Post: How A Students Perspective of MH Changed on Placement

A guest post by Ms Louise Hesketh, an OT student at the University of Salford in the UK

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When I found out that I was going on a five week placement to a community mental health team I had mixed feelings. I was pleased as my placements so far had been in physical health in hospital settings. However, and I feel embarrassed to say this, I was uneasy. When I went to meet with my educator I asked questions regarding safety and I was met with the response that this client group are more at risk from themselves and others than they are to us. I left the office questioning my understanding of those with severe and enduring mental health conditions as potentially dangerous, wondering where this cliché had been constructed from and hoping that the next five weeks would quash it. Continue reading

Guest Post: A Student Experience in MH Placement

Guest Post: A Student Experience in MH Placement

A guest post by Ms Jen Roberts, an OT student at the University of Salford in the UK


I have been asked to write about my student experience whilst on a mental health placement. First of all, I have only had five weeks experience so I’ll try to give you all a descriptive and informative representation as much as I can in the short time I was there. Continue reading

WFOT Updates Definition of OT

2012 the WFOT updated their definition of OT.

“Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned wpith promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. ”
(WFOT 2012)

Read more >>here<<

Also of interest is the Definitions of Occupational Therapy from Member Organisations revised 2010 for the definitions used by OT associations around the world.

What do you think?

OT4OT mentioned in Austrailan Journal of Occupational Therapy

OT4OT mentioned in Austrailan Journal of Occupational Therapy

So its just been brought to my attention that the wonderful amazing Merrolee Penman has been quoted in an article in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy. The article titled, “‘Leadership through an occupational lens” by Sylvia Rodger from the University of Queensland talks about the revolutionary work that the OT4OT group has started. She is quoted as describing them as, “An enterprising group,” who, “established OT4OT with a Facebook page, a website and a mission to help occupational therapists to utilise the wide range of social networking technology available to them.” Continue reading

Embracing the Past – the evolution of the occupational therapy profession in Queensland, Australia

Embracing the Past – the evolution of the occupational therapy profession in Queensland, Australia

Embracing the past by Ruth Read, Occupational Therapist (Retired)
Embracing the Past is a series of articles written by Ruth Read and traces the evolution of the occupational therapy profession in Queensland – from the 1950s to the present Continue reading