Occupational Therapy Philosophy Essay

1224 Words Apr 4th, 2013 5 Pages
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What is occupational therapy? How does one define the profession and validate its worth in the medical field? Since its conception as an established health care profession, occupational therapy’s philosophy has been defined, redefined, and refined. In their writings esteemed Occupational Therapists Mary Reilly and Susan Peloquin offer their own critical and revisionary ideas of occupational therapy’s worth, the basic need it fulfills, and its service to the healthcare profession. Both women ask their peers to refine what is
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You must reach for the heart as well as the hands. It’s the heart that really does the healing” (Peloquin,2002). Through the use of visual imagery and storytelling Peloquin calls our attention to the profession’s earliest founders and their visionary beliefs. Peloquin eloquently reminds us of the healing power of the heart and the vital aspect of caring that is inherent and necessary in our profession. * -------------------------------------------------
Furthermore, Peloquin maintains that when we undertake an integrative approach employing both “competency and caring” in healing we solidify our value as a profession (Peloquin 2012). She demonstrates this when she writes, “Three constructs deeply rooted in our profession’s culture and integral to its central character are well-presented in the early vision: integration, occupation, and caring”(Peloquin,1962,p.525). In contrast, Reilly engages her audience by putting forth a mandate that charges the practitioners of occupational therapy to validate the profession by inviting and seeking critical appraisal. “ When a professional organization as a whole accepts criticism as the dominating mode of thought, then indeed, theorizing flourishes and the intellectual atmosphere of their gatherings, is characterized by sweeping controversies. In this atmosphere of controversy, progress becomes somewhat assured” (Reilly, 1962, p.3). * -------------------------------------------------
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