The occupation of the occupational therapy practitioner: channelling cultural humility through reflection and reflexive practices

Perryman-Fox, Michelle, Cox, Diane ORCID logo ORCID: , Morris, Karen ORCID logo ORCID: and Stoffel, Virginia (2022) The occupation of the occupational therapy practitioner: channelling cultural humility through reflection and reflexive practices. In: 18th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress: Occupational R-Evolution, 28-31 August 2022, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

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The meaning and value of occupations are often pondered as a critical tool of our profession, although, we rarely identify with the ‘occupation’ of being an occupational therapy practitioner. As a profession, we are cultivated by our educational training. The dominated lens of education is recognised as white, western able-bodied perspectives (Dirette, 2018). The culture of the profession is therefore based upon these shared knowledge, beliefs, values, assumptions, perspectives, attitudes, norms and customs acquired through our education and engagement in our professional occupations. Consequently, it is essential as practitioners to explore the values that are imbedded within our own culturally specific ways of engaging in our occupations and examine how they may impact the occupation of our clients. The aim of this workshop is to promote dialogue for participants to explore their occupation of being occupational therapy practitioners. Through the lens of cultural humility education, the purpose is to challenge each other to enhance self-awareness, openness, egoless and supportive interactions which permit self-reflection and critique (Foronda et al 2015). The workshop will begin with sharing the findings of PhD research which focused on exploring the negotiations of occupational therapists and the consequences for practice. Using reflection and reflexivity, participants will be led through a series of exercises using cultural humility to explore the factors which contribute or impede on their occupation. The session will close by sharing and exploring best practices to enhance ongoing personal and professional development to enable the voice(s) of our colleagues and clients.

Dirette, D. P. (2018). Decolonialism in the Profession: Reflections from WFOT. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(4).

Foronda, C., Baptiste, D.L., Reinholdt, M.M., & Ousman, K. (2016). Cultural humility: A concept analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27, 210-217. DOI: 10.1177/1043659615592677

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Institute of Health > Urgent and Primary Care
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 09:17
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 13:46


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