December 3, 2016 by permanentred
Huge thanks to Suhailah Mohamed, Chair of the Brunel Occupational Therapy Society (BOTS) Committee, and Brunel Student Rep on the COT London Regional Committee, for this inspiring write-up of their OT Week activities. If you have something you would like to write about for our blog, please send us an email. We would love to hear about it!
Brunel Occupational Therapy Society (BOTS) celebrates OT Week 2016.
This year, Brunel University’s occupational therapy society (BOTS) hosted three events on campus to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week (OT Week).
Kicking off celebrations was an interactive workshop titled: In the Shadow of Occupation. Facilitated by occupational therapy lecturer, Mr. Kevin Cordingley, occupational therapy students across under and post-graduate programmes critically engaged with occupations that conventionally aren’t considered to be health promoting. From diet-lifestyle choices, terrorism, sex-working, illicit substance use and murder, students considered, “from whose view are these dark occupations?” and “how does the profession’s philosophy and practice align with the choices individuals make to engage in them?”
Underpinning such thought provoking questions was an ongoing deliberation of the usefulness of the term “dark occupations”. The 60 minute academic discussion was attended by 30 students and staff who enjoyed a wholesome meal, home-cooked by BOTS’ executive committee.
In keeping with this year’s theme, BOTS asked the public what occupational therapy meant to them. Responses ranged from simply, “helping people out”, “rehab”, to “enabling people to engage in occupations that they need / want to do, but have problems with due to illness, disability or other circumstances”.
Speaking to people about occupational therapy highlighted that the profession still has some way to go until the profession is common knowledge. Meeting this objective will require students and professionals alike to be clear in themselves about the definition of occupational therapy.
Celebrations were brought to a close with a screening of the film, Murderball, hosted in collaboration with Brunel’s Cult Film Society. This unique insight into the world of wheelchair rugby was followed by a Q&A facilitated by Brunel’s very own Wheelchair Basketball team.
OT Week was a fantastic opportunity to be loud and proud about occupational therapy. BOTS is committed to Celebrating occupational therapy together. We thank the College of Occupational Therapy, Brunel University and the attendees who made OT Week 2016 a success.