Occupational Therapy is a holistic paradigm that address the whole person, and understand contexts that influence the whole person. I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years in a clinical hospital setting with chronic disease, oncology, palliative care, drug and alcohol. Working as an OT has given me experience in understanding how life both physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being can impact on our perceptions and relationship with the world around us and ourself.
Occupation is simple and intuitive to the experience of all humans.
the things we do in our life roles
the things we do to be who we are
the things we do to create life and world into all it can become
Psycho-spiritual Domain of Our Human Experience:
According to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition, Spirituality is “the personal quest for understanding answers to ultimate questions about life, about meaning and about relationship with the sacred or transcendent, which may (or may not) lead to or arise from the development of religious rituals and the formation of community.”
Occupational therapy is a foundation that is both evidenced based, holistic, and includes psychotherapy as a process of self-discovery, self-revelation and to bring meaning to who you really are.
I also work with Being. Mindfulness Innovation, (www.being-wellness.com), facilitating professional development workshops for health professionals and community service workers. These workshops address self-care in the context of trauma, the prevention of burn out and utilising mindfulness and yoga as tools to create sustainability and longetivity for health care professionals.
I recognise the impacts of the qualities of presence, compassion and awareness-based practices have on cultivating longevity, purpose and inspiration in how and what we do.
Kang, C. (2003). A psychospiritual integration frame of reference for occupational therapy. Part 1: Conceptual foundations. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 50, 92-103.