The Importance Of Stupational Therapy
I believe that our core values are an intricate part of who we are as occupational therapy practitioners. Altruism, equality, freedom, justice, dignity, truth and prudence are seven different values that were carefully chosen to reflect the nature of our field. Over my fieldwork experiences, I have been able to see each of these values at work. Altruism and equality refer to”demonstrating concern for the welfare of others” and “treating all people impartially and free of bias” (Code of Ethics, 2015). These were demonstrated when working with my supervisor to provide quality care to the individual who had a history of being an abuser. Freedom is “paramount in a profession in which the values and desires of the client guide our interventions” (Code of Ethics, 2015). Freedom was provided every time we included our clients into the intervention planning process, putting their goals for occupational therapy higher than our own. Justice describes a “state in which diverse communities are inclusive...organized and structured such that all members can function, flourish, and live a satisfactory life” (Code of Ethics, 2015). This was maintained when those coming from families with poor socio-economic …show more content…
The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) is an occupation-focused, evidence-based, client-centered approach to OT practice (Forsyth et al., 2014). MOHO looks at each clients volition (motivation), habituation (includes habits and roles), and performance capacity (mental and physical abilities) (Kielhofner, 2009). While there are many other quality and useful frames of references, the idea of utilizing the interests of my clients to make progress is paramount. The philosophy of occupational therapy rests so heavily on this idea of intrinsic motivation and I want to be an occupational therapist who bases each intervention and treatment plan on it.
As an occupational therapist, I plan on facilitating my growth by seeking out a mentor occupational therapist who can guide me through further development of my skills and help me achieve my goals. I also plan on staying evidence-based by remaining updated on what the latest research is showing. This could be as simple as reading a new research article monthly or attending a conference.
Autonomy, visibility, research, professionalism, and role delineation are all important components of being an evidence-based therapist (Reed & Peters, 2008). I plan on continuously growing in each of these areas as I advance in my