noun: stigma; plural noun: stigmas; plural noun: stigmata
“a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person”
As occupational therapists, we are encouraged to look at the things people want to do, need to do and are capable of doing (Volition, Habituation and Skills).We also consider how the environment either supports or inhibits a persons ability to function.While it’s easy to pay attention to the physical environment and consider how it can be adapted, this is less obvious in the social environment.
In this #Otalk I’m going to suggest that stigma, prejudice and discrimination is a toxic part of the social environment that severely inhibits functioning.It has the potential to attach to a variety of people (normally disempowered minorities) with the effect of shaping staff attitudes and thus their ability to support those in their care.Equally the way that the environment responds to us will shape how we think about ourselves, others and the world with a profound effect on the occupations we are able to engage in.While my interest is predominately in mental health I’m very interested in this concept within the whole of healthcare.
On the night we will consider:
1 What do we think of the idea that Stigma is part of the social environment?
2 How do we see Stigma played out in our work environment? What is done? What isn’t done? What gets said?
5 How do we adapt the social environment to facilitate optimal functioning? How do we challenge stigma?Is this a core part of our role?
You can book onto the study day here:
There’s discounted places for service users. Let @Keirwales know you booked because you saw it on #otalk and he will give you a gift card for a coffee shop.