OT A to Z: B is for Beliefs

I love the series, “This I Believe,” which is a public project in which people express their beleifs that serve as their guiding principles. Sometimes the essays are on a specific topic such as love or parenthood, whereas others are more general in nature. IF you visit the website, you will also find numerous essays that have been submitted on OT!

However, since April is national OT month in the US, it seems fitting that we take the time to reflect on some of the beliefs that guide us as OTs.

As an OT, I beleive that…

– all people have a right to participate in the activites and occupations they choose

– occupation both sustains and promotes health

– everyone needs to maintain an overall balance in their occupations to sustain optimal health and wellness

– OTs’ role and responsiblity is not just to individual clients and family but to community as well

– the ordinary tasks in our daily life create a rhythm and meaning that, while often automatic, is inherent to our purpose

– occupational therapists have a pivotal role in assisting clients and families see that although their lives may have been altered by injury or illness, the life they will come to live may be different than what they envisioned, but it will be a good life.

What are some of your core beliefs as an OT?

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One Response to OT A to Z: B is for Beliefs

  1. kirstyes says:

    I’d not seen that site before – great link – I have shared it on OTalk on FB.
    I think I’d revise one of your beliefs for myself, especially after our dark side of occupation talk. ‘occupation can sustain and promote health however in some cases it can affect health detrimentally’
    I’d also perhaps consider that the balance that people need is subjective.

    I particularly like how you have phrased this one: ‘the ordinary tasks in our daily life create a rhythm and meaning that, while often automatic, is inherent to our purpose’ – to me this hints at the complexity that our job entails.

    Thanks for this post.

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