Culture / Occupational Therapy

The Myth of Cultural Competence

In OT school, we often discussed the idea of becoming culturally competent so we are better able to serve the ever-growing/changing culturally diverse needs of our clientele. This idea of cultural competence is based on cultural awareness – that we are first aware of our own culture/biases, and secondly aware of  and sensitive to cultural differences. Perhaps this … Continue reading

International Fieldwork: At a Crossroads
Occupational Therapy / Social Justice

International Fieldwork: At a Crossroads

I attended the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Conference in Baltimore last Thursday, which was my first AOTA Conference experience. It was invigorating to see and hear from many OTs interested in topics that I too am interested in, like international and cross-cultural work, social justice, community-based practices, and work with underserved populations like refugees etc. … Continue reading

Guatemala / Occupational Therapy / OT Without Borders / Social Justice

Occupational Therapy in Guatemala and Nicaragua

Ryan was my housemate in Guatemala for the NAPA-OT Field School last summer. He completed this video as part of a project/scholarship he was involved in and discusses what he saw and learned from volunteering as an OT student in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Ryan is pretty incredible – he just passed the NBCOT exam, is … Continue reading

New Year
Occupational Therapy

New Year

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? …Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing … Continue reading