Occupational therapy education: How to navigate in a Perfect Storm
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2w ago
Please click on and read all of the links - they include critical information that is required for this analysis.   A little over four years ago I stated that there are too many occupational therapy educational programs in New York State.  At the NYSOTA conference legislative information session in 2023 I stood up and suggested that we should all stop taking jobs at these institutions that were seeking to develop new programs.  I thought that if we did not take those jobs that the problem would be solved.  That was not realistic or correct, even if the intention was ..read more
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Environmental sustainability and occupational therapy practice, revisited.
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7M ago
  Please go here for my first thoughts on sustainability in occupational therapy around ten years ago. I received an email from a colleague who has been an advocate and published author on this topic asking me if I had the opportunity to revisit my thoughts on sustainability and occupational therapy. In fact I have continued to think about this, so I thought I would document my response here. Hi XXXXX-  Thanks for reaching out. I have previously and still believe that the study of climate change itself should remain within the purview of climate scientists. It seems to me that ..read more
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The stories we tell ourselves about the past
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1y ago
The concept of narrative captured my interest sometime around 1984 - ironically - because it may have been the Orwell novel with that year's title that prompted my thinking on the topic. I was interested in written narrative and how Winston Smith established his rebellion and then his freedom through a written form (even if it all eventually led to a horrible end). I was also fascinated by his attraction to the paperweight that he purchased - something that was old - and seemingly of unknowable utility. What was the purpose of knowledge, or of the past - except that it all did represent a f ..read more
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The problems with polarity frames in occupational therapy theory
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2y ago
There is nothing quite like starting off a Monday morning with a good theory article.  I opened up my Twitter feed to find a link to Taff & Putnam's contribution entitled "Northern philosophies and professional neocolonialism in occupational therapy: A historical review and critique." The authors "suggest with confidence that the current American philosophical landscape in 2021 is a mix of mostly analytic philosophy accompanied by a smaller measure of neopragmatism predisposed to a Continental mindset." (Taff & Putnam, 2022).  I am uncertain if this is a view shared by all ..read more
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When occupational therapy and public health collide
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2y ago
 Presented at NYSOTA's Annual Conference. 11/13/21 Thanks for stopping by to look at my slides! Click here for slides ..read more
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Synchronous vs. asynchronous content delivery in context of COVID-19
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4y ago
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. (Thoreau). Many educators are considering ways to deliver their courses in this unprecedented context of students being in their homes, away from the normal routines and location of the Academy.  We no longer have control of the schedule - the students are not a captive audience in front of us at the times that we normally expect. What do ..read more
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On so-called 'Civility Pledges' and the abolition of free thought and free speech
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4y ago
I have blogged previously about the glaring problem of lack of tolerance for viewpoint diversity in occupational therapy, and unsuccessful attempts to address the concern.  See here for more details. It is not a new problem in occupational therapy, and now the problem is being demonstrated again. An important agenda item has been added to the Spring Representative Assembly meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association - to explore the creation of a 'Civility Pledge' as follows: On its surface, most people will agree that it is important to be kind and respectful when interacti ..read more
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The 2020 motion to Update Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
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4y ago
Please see the following for background information: AOTA's claim to authority over entry level degree requirements A Motion to Update Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants An analysis of how small changes can potentially lead to unintended consequences in a motion +++ A new motion has been submitted to AOTA to update Policy E.6 regarding entry level education of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.  The originator of this motion believes that this update is necessary because in fact the intent of the fir ..read more
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Online data sources for narrative analysis: An innovative use of technology in a graduate project
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4y ago
Presented at The Quality Report Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale,  FL, 1/15/20 Thanks for stopping by to look at our slides! Conference slides ..read more
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The OTD Mandate and The Great Pumpkin
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4y ago
It is near Halloween, so a themed entry seems appropriate. We have another motion in front of the AOTA Representative Assembly to mandate an entry level doctoral degree - even though a decision point was reached just six months ago on this same issue.  At that time, the decision was to support dual entry at both the master's and doctoral level. That did not satisfy a Small Group of individuals, and so we are at the debate again. People frequently ask me 'why' the profession is going through this again.  That is where the Halloween story comes in. Each year, despite overwhelming evidence ag ..read more
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