Getting the students to feedback. This might also test if they had been listening to the course introduction.
It’s all about occupation
This follows on from a task we did in Dunedin to introduce the course. Can also be the starting point for their presentation topics later in the course.
Occupation as our goal and our medium of practice. Recognizing our views and those of others in relation to how, why, where and when we participate in occupation. Recognizing meaning and purpose.
Some of the areas we’ll look at and ways of viewing occupation.
Social constructionism or social constructivism is a sociological theory of knowledge that considers how social phenomena develop in particular social contexts. Within constructionist thought, a social construction (social construct) is a concept or practice which may appear to be natural and obvious to those who accept it, but in reality is an invention or artifact of a particular culture or society. In recent decades, constructivist theorists have extended the traditional focus on individual learning to address collaborative and The term Communal constructivism was introduced by Bryn Holmes in 2001 . As described in an early paper, &quot;in this model , students will not simply pass through a course like water through a sieve but instead leave their own imprint in the learning process.&quot; 
Talking through the blocks of the course
Don’t talk through all worksheets just a brief overview. Go into expectations (occupation reading) for this weeks tutorials here.
What the profession believes about Occupation The person The environment Health Client centered practice
Modeling activity – What are the skills that you use to complete this task? Any knowledge, history you drew on? Ties to place/people/past experiences – BRAINSTORM Expand – occupation as our medium of interest Expand on quote. ‘Occupation comprises all the ways in which we occupy ourselves individually and as societies. Everyday life proceeds through a myriad of occupations, embedded in time and place, and in the cultural and other patterns that organise what we do’ 3,4,5
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love Humans not specialist’s Common shared occupations – Food, games/play/performance, crafts/work Various ways of engaging in these shared interests
A long list of persons, religions, philosophies and social movements that recognised the link between meaningful and purposeful occupation and health (can refer to the references for those who want more information) Occupational therapy Started with a community focus groups in asylums groups at war programmes offered in classes to groups Shifted to individual focus Referrals for individuals Within the institution Focus on life in the institution or shift to move them out Shift to broader perspective Person within their social setting Living outside the health context Work to prevent readmission Focus on whole society Ecological perspective Social model of disability Work with whole family to sustain Occupational Science developed in the later decade of the last century and concerned with the rigorous study of people’s occupational nature and needs, science being used in the original sense of “knowledge”. Wilcock p.531 The science is in line with the professions initial objectives which called for the study of the effect of occupation upon the human being.
Talk to one or two of these.
Taken from CAOT structure to explain OT These values – interconnected/lots of crossover – part of a values system Open to debate within the profession
As a profession occupational therapy is based on the understanding that participation in occupation is the means or medium of intervention, and ideally is also the ends or outcomes 1,2. Molineux and McKay 1999 more succinctly put it ‘Engagement in occupation is a fundamental human need’ 7 . As a profession we have created occupational taxonomies to help explain and define these interactions looking at both similarities and differences in how and why we do. Focus on occupational achievement rather than attention towards the problems being overcome Wilcock occupations for health p.3 Maori examples – dictated by roles and ways of relating to whanau/others/environment/past (Muttonbirding, weaving) Canoe experience – ‘good medicine’
Social Justice Occupational Justice ‘ Experiences of meaning and enrichment, enjoyment, health, identity, and quality of life with in chosen places and routines appear to be derived from participation in one’s occupations’ 8,9,6,10,11,12,13 In-justice comes with lack of resources and opportunities. Townsend and Wilcock propose occupational rights 8 Treaty breaches – impact Tapawha – wairua, hinengaro, tinana, whanau
Knowledge of the power of the environment, and manipulating the environment is not new for occupational therapists (Dunn et al., Law, 1991; Rowles, 1991). As OT’s we are required to critically evaluate both the environment and how we are, our way of ‘being’, in that environment. 22 Place and Space Synergy between work and worker Taonga – harakeke example – taking care of Environment making us
That fundamental truth is the essence of occupational therapists’ claim that what people do can influence physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Often overlooked. Wilcock quote. There is a notable synergy between the move towards addressing social determinants of health and occupational therapy principles. A number of authors have advocated for this match and discussed the implications for occupational therapy practice in social and community health 15,8,16,17,18. Thibeault and Hebert declare ‘ Community participation, empowerment, autonomy and the individual’s worth are recurrent themes weaving a golden thread from beginning to end. The demonstrates the possibility of blending occupational therapy practice with a health promotion model without losing our identity or bending the pillars of health promotion out of shape... Moreover, the similarities between health promotion and occupational therapy can translate into more than concepts: 15. Not focussed on pathology – language use – outward looking – focussing on what the person needs/wants to do POE, Medicine wheel and health, tapa wha
There are challenges present here for the occupational therapy profession and occupational science. The prevalent notion and focus on client centred practice may need to be addressed in situations where community focus and need takes precedence over individuals needs within the community. By enabling strong communities there is a follow on effect for individuals. dependence on the group to shape the individual .Within literature there has been a predominant focus on specific health needs and disability with limited study and research on so called ‘well’ and ‘able’ populations . ‘ In western occupational therapy, we often proceed with our assumptions that the entire world values and celebrates ‘doing’ for its self-actualising effects. Many other cultural groups ... view our reality as a collective-orientated ethic with ‘belonging’ and our connecting to nature and ancestors as the shared social ethos. The vision of occupational therapy with its promise of individual enablement and empowerment is often both confusing and excluding’ 20 (p.2) Links with pages 13, 14 and 15 0f Te Umanga Whakaora as well as with Iwamas work and Whaiora? Advocacy role – sustainablity – doing ourselves out of a job Facilitatory role – not doing for Catalyst for change As panel presentation on historical trauma identified – it is the community the cures – so return to communtiy or create a new one
“ A concern for this profession lies in the maintenance of ideas and concepts that are out of sync with our clients’ real worlds of meaning. A profession that places the blinkers on alternative views and constructions of meaning in daily life stands to trivialise itself into extinction, and thus fall far short of occupational therapy’s magnificent promise” 19 Te Umanga Whakaora – workforce development Advocating for an occupational perspective Hard to justify our effectiveness – subtly EBP – quantify vs qualify Liasion – access Health professional Personal autonomy (awaad) There is a role for the profession to champion and support those movements which meet the needs and match the occupational rights of individuals and populations. ‘Occupational therapists can choose to either advocate consciously with others for justice, or comply with occupational injustices through silence and inaction. Given occupational therapists’ populations of concern, professional values, beliefs, and client centred intentions, and focus on social inclusion, occupational justice is an implicit issue, whether or not we choose to make it explicit’ 8. As Linda Tuhiwai – Smith and others have said…
As Linda and others have said knowing, being, living
To provide an introduction to the course outline To present the course assessments and expectations To introduce the course schedule To introduce an occupational perspective, considering course content and it’s relevance to Occupational Therapy To provide students with opportunities to ask questions related to course content and structure
Given the course title, Human Occupation, what do you think this course might be about?
Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people do the day-to-day activities that are important to them despite impairment, disability or handicap. “Occupation” in occupational therapy does not simply refer to jobs or job training; occupation in occupational therapy refers to all the activities that occupy peoples time and give meaning to our lives (Willard and Spackman, p. 5)
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Vrkljan, B. H., & Miller-Polgar, J. (2001). Meaning of occupational engagement in life threatening illness. A qualitative pilot project. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 237-246.
Townsend, E. (1997). Inclusiveness: a community dimension of spirituality. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(3), 146-155.
Townsend, E. (2003). Occupational justice: Ethical, moral and civic principles for an inclusive world . Keynote presentation at the Annual Conference of the European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators, Czech Republic, Prague, October.
Mace, J. (2008). Developing opportunities for occupational therapists in primary health organisations in New Zealand. OT Insight, 29 (6), 3-5.
Wilcock, A.A. (1993). A theory of human need for occupation. Journal of Occupational Science: Australia,1, 17-24.
Wilcock, A.A. (1998). An occupational perspective on health . Thorofare, NJ: Slack
Iwama, M. (2006). The Kawa Model. China: Elsevier.
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