A number of my own beloved occupations revolve around books. Reading them, writing them, collecting them, looking at the towers of unread books that may well collapse on top of me any moment! As an avid reader and a writer/aspiring author I knew that moving into Independent Practice would be as much about my passion for books as well as for occupational therapy.
The first book I am working on for 2020 is a collaborative project called “We Are OT” – this will briefly explore the history of, but mainly focus on, personal accounts of diversity within OT.
Featuring narratives from Occupational Therapists from a range of ethnic backgrounds, sexualities, disabilities and other diverse identities. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, publishing in ADHD Awareness Month and on World OT Day – 27th October 2020. It also precedes this year’s UK #OTWeek – 2nd – 8th November 2020 which has the theme “Securing the future workforce and increasing diversity within the profession”.
Presented in a range of formats from poetry to occupational analysis, personal career narratives and fiction, to a game of spot the job advert discrimination.
Answers the question: What are the benefits of diversifying the Occupational Therapy workforce for the populations we work with?
With reflective prompts after each entry this is designed to engage critical reflection of your practice and support you to engage in diversifying the Occupational Therapy Profession.
People are encouraged to share their own narratives and reflections on their blogs and social media using the hashtag #WeAreOT.
Because Occupational Therapy is only as good as the people delivering it.
We Are OT!
Launches World OT Day (27th October 2020).
Ebook priced at £1.99 GBP – all profits go towards a small 2021 scholarship fund for Black student/s training in Britain.
Please use my PayPal Me link, put in the amount in GBP, and when prompted add a note with the email I should send your PDF to, let me know if you need an alternative accessible format, and if you’ve added a donation mention that too. You should have received your copy of the book within 48 hours. If you have not please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My second and solo project is something I have been considering for a while. “An OT CPD Activity a Day” will be a coil bound creative journal to inspire your continuing professional development. The initial blog post which includes the price and purchase link can be found here.