Whilst still on a high from being part of the Blog Squad for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists annual conference #COT2017. I am pondering on the idea of returning to blogging as a regular occupation.
Thank you to everyone who attended this occupation station session with Dr Susan Burwash (@subu_OT). Special thanks to Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylorBU) for not only ensuring we were all hydrated and fully able to engage in the session, but for tweeting so much of the session so I could just ‘do’.
Doing beading and becoming: exploring beadmaking as therapeutic media
Burwash S: Eastern Washington University.
Aim: To discuss and demonstrate how creating a variety of simple, low-cost beads in therapy can contribute to enhanced client self-knowledge, goal identification and to taking hopeful action towards achieving desired outcomes.
Background: The occupation is fabricating beads as a component of jewelry-making. Jewelry-making has been used by occupational therapists since the early days of the profession (Kidder, 1922). However, as contemporary therapists are not often exposed to jewelry-making in their education, and as fewer occupational therapy departments have jewelry-making tools/materials because of cost/space requirements, use of this occupation in therapy may not be as common as it could be. Jewelry-making remains a popular leisure activity, may be associated with cultural practices, and can also be a source of income. An occupation that can be done individually or within a group setting, it can be used to explore self and communicate complex ideas visually. While some beadmaking processes require great skill and specialised tools, there are many beads that can be created using simple techniques and inexpensive materials. This Occupation Station will demonstrate a variety of beads, allow attendees to create one of the beads
demonstrated, and discuss therapeutic purposes to which making beads and jewelry could contribute.
For further information and insights into Dr Burwash’s work I highly recommend you take a look at the following article:
Fortuna, Jennifer (2017) “The Reciprocal Relationship Between Art and Occupational Therapy Practice,” The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 14.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1366 [Accessed 16 June 2017]
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My final offering from the #COT2017 Poster Zone…
Poster 26: Clicking your way through continuing professional development? Attitudes to social media use as a platform for continuing professional development (CPD) within occupational therapy.
Murray K: NHS Lothian, Ward K: University of Cumbria
This post and poster has a special place in my heart. Not least because if focuses on a topic which I am passionate about, but was written and produced by #OTalk’s very first OTalk Student Digital Leader, Kelly Murray AKA @OTontheTracks. So very well done Kelly, I am proud and honoured to work alongside you as a super #OTalk Team member and to be able to call you a friend and all round superstar!
To download your own copy of this poster visit Kelly’s Blog here.
From the authors:
Introduction: This poster presents a study which explored the use of social media within the continuing professional development of occupational therapy students and practitioners. Perceived barriers and the influence of generation theory on the use of social media were also considered. Increasingly, social media platforms are being embraced by healthcare professionals within financially challenging climates and occupational therapists working within non-traditional settings as a cost effective mode of networking and supporting their CPD (Lawson and Cowling, 2014).
Previous literature is limited and focuses on small-scale qualitative data (Bodell and Hook, 2014) and personal experience of using specific social media platforms (Bodell
et al., 2009; Ezzamel, 2013; BJOT and #OTalk, 2016). More research with a larger sample group was therefore considered appropriate.
Method: A mixed method survey design gathered qualitative and quantitative data through an online questionnaire. Content analysis was used to code and identify themes. Descriptive statistics were used to quantify the findings and consider variations across generations.
Findings: Results highlighted a predominantly positive attitude to social media use within CPD. Accessibility, networking, learning and development were highlighted as advantages to its use. Time and individuals’ skills and knowledge were highlighted as barriers to utilising the platforms. The results suggest that age does not impact on willingness to use social media within CPD but does impact on perceived knowledge and skills to utilise the platforms confidently.
Conclusion: The study highlighted a need for more structured training on professional social media use at both pre and post registration levels.
BJOT. #OTalk. (2016). Social media: Creating communities of research and practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(4), 195–196. Sage Publishing. doi:10.1177/0308022616631551 (accessed 02 January 2017).
Bodell. S. Hook A, Penman M, Wade W. (2009). Creating a learning community in today: how blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning.British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), 279–281. Sage Publishing. doi: 10.1177/030802260907200611 (accessed 02 January 2017).
Bodell. S. Hook A. (2014). Developing online professional networks for undergraduate occupational therapy students: an evaluation of an extracurricular facilitated blended learning package. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(6), 320–323. Sage Publishing. Doi: 10.4276/030802214X14018723 138156 (accessed 02 January 2017).
Ezzamel. S. (2013). Blogging in occupational therapy: knowledge sharing, professional development, and ethical dilemmas. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(11), 515–517. Sage Publishing. doi: 10.4276/030802213X13833255804711 (accessed 02 January 2017).
Lawson. C. Cowling C. (2014). Social media: The next frontier for professional development in radiography. Radiography, 21(2), 74–80. Elsevier. Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2014.11.006 (accessed 02 January 2017).
The changing face of Birmingham City Council’s adult occupational therapy service: Innovatively rethinking fundamental designs to occupational therapy delivery to meet customers’ needs, promote well-being and improve overall efficiency
Sabouri A, Vincent C: Birmingham City Council
Contact Email Address: 1stResponseOccupationalTherapy@birmingham.gov.uk, carolyn.
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Bridging the gap between inpatient and community within a forensic learning disability service. Smalley L: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Reference: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation UK .. 2017 .. What is the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability? (Online). Available at: http://www.vdtmocaf-uk.com/page/what-i s- the-vdt-moca [Accessed 12th June 2017]
Contact Email Address: L.Smalley@NHS.net
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Poster P81: Participation in advanced age: enacting values, an adaptive process
Sugarhood P: London South Bank University
References: Sugarhood, P., Eakin, P., Summerfield-Mann, L. (2016).
Participation in advanced older age: enacting values, an
adaptive process. Ageing and Society, Jun 20. doi: 10.1017/
Contact Email Address: email@example.com
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