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What is Occupational Therapy?

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Steve Catherall

on 31 October 2014

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To sum up.....
Occupational Therapy is a complex profession.....allowing for client centred treatment....in lots of sectors of society....with the aim to improve health, well being and recovery.

What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists.....
.....view people as occupational beings.

People are intrinsically active and creative, needing to engage in a balanced range of activities in their daily lives in order to maintain health and wellbeing.
Where are the roots of Occupational Therapy?

OT week is an awareness campaign highlighting the profession of Occupational Therapy and the benefits it provides for all walks of life
This presentation will provide you
with some answers to the question.......
1930s - 1960s
1910s - First practitioners in OT profession, called reconstructive aides, worked during World War I to rehabilitate disabled soldiers and civilian patients. They addressed the need of these soldiers for care beyond wound repair. The need to have something useful to do, and thus recapture purpose in their lives.
1920s - Occupational therapy expanded beyond serving people with physical impairments to include those with mental illness
1930s - Occupational therapy became more closely aligned and identified with organized medicine, which led to the beginning of a more scientific approach

Present day
2000s - Occupational Therapists develop language and constructs to more accurately and fully explain what they do that is unique from other health disciplines.

What does it take to be an Occupational Therapist?
OT Training
University Degree
average 3 years Full Time
Registered course through...
British Association Of OT (BAOT)
World Federation of OT (WFOT)
Covering aspects of......
Anatomy and Physiology
Effect of Dysfunctions/Disabilities
Impacts upon Occupational Performance
Task and Activity Analysis
OT Theory
Evidence Based practice across different settings
Practice Placements
Continued Professional Development
Ongoing training
Possess a HCPC license (renewed every 2 years)
Specialism in selected area of OT

We do not get training on.........
OT's are found in....
As expected....Public services. Including.......
And of course charities and private organisations....
From the Cradle...........To the grave!
Here's a short video, which highlights what we can do......
Thats all well and good..........
But what about here....
At Combat stress....
Occupational Therapy..........
....enables people to achieve health, well being and life satisfaction through participation in occupation. (College of OT 2005)

And we are great at
Client centredness
...(providing treatment unique to
goals and needs!)
The aim of OT at Combat stress
Neurological improvement

Occupational Engagement

Occupational Balance

Producing and delivering Wellness and Recovery Sessions

Developing personalised Wellness and Recovery Action Plans (WRAPs)
Producing and delivering Self Awareness and Creativity sessions which....
Enable effective communication
Understand and develop situational difficulties
Promoting discussion and self realisation

Graded exposure

Working with therapists to identify triggers

Providing trips for gradual exposure to potential triggers of PTSD symptoms

This enables re-engagement in activity......
Environmental Enrichment
(Sensory stimulation)

Providing a sensory rich environment using,....

Smells (from the Kitchen hopefully!)
New activities

....to enhance neurological improvement.
so OT's carry out...
To enable appropriate planning for a client centred treatment plan...
To record veterans improvement through a stay at Combat stress
EVERYTHING we do....

From Self Care.....

To Productivity (Work)....

And Leisure.
Occupation is....

Through the use of creative activity....
....it has been proven to improve brain function in PTSD and....

....provide Occupational Balance through a meaningful leisure activity.

For all the Therapists/Psychologists this is adds up to
"behavioural activation"!

(OT to us! Haha)
...look after your Occupational therapist....you will definately need one at some point in your life!!!
By Steve Catherall
OT Student Glyndwr University

Occupational therapy
is amazing.
OT enables you to engage, participate and gain occupational balance.

Thank you for
taking a journey
into the OT Tree.
Thats right we do not do any......
1942-1960 Referred to as the 'rehabilitation movement', OT called to organise and run rehab programmes for veterans.

In addition, medical advances extended the lives of people who would have previously died. Including spinal injury, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy.
OT returns to the roots of participation in occupation as a focus of the profession.
The field of Occupational Therapy is an ever evolving and dynamic profession.
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