INTRODUCTION• Socializing with groups of people is a major ingredient in what we, human beings, do naturally, when taking part in a large percentage of occupations in our life time. It is, for some occupations and individuals the reason why they take part in a occupation/s – for the participation of socialization, to talk and mingle with people who have similar interests, beliefs and links. To share the experience and knowledge.• As a Occupational Therapist student, during my fieldwork placement studies I socialized with clients and other Ot’s in conversations, and activities; to learn about them, and the community – to make people(myself) feel included and belong. Clients daily came to the service to socialize with one another at one of my placements. At my other placement, we (the Ots’) went to the client’s homes, and would informally talk with them, to see how things are there.
DOING, BEING, BECOMING & BELONGINGOccupational therapists recognize the power of enabling occupations to social groups promoting human doing, being, becoming – and particularly belonging (Christiansen & Townsend, 2010). Soci al i zi ng i nvol ves t he com ng t oget her w t h ot her i i peopl e t o act i vel y shar e t he exper i ence i n an occupat i on. As a t r adi t i on and as par t of a cul t ur e, w soci al i ze t o e f i nd our i dent i t y and val ue our bel i ef s.
‘Occupations areessentially socialand occur in a socialcontext.’ Christiansen & Townsend, 2010, p.203 Percy, C. (2010). Beijing