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#1 Re: Education » Cultural Conversation on Health, Illness, and Disability » Friday 21st of February 2020 00:00

Dee,

I hope that you are doing well. Regarding health, I believe that my health and health in general is the result of genetics, my environment, and how well I take care of myself. I believe that science shows us that part of my susceptibility to disease and other conditions is due to genetics, but if I eat well and exercise this will improve my health as well. I think that this reflects my cultural background of thinking that I can control my health up to a certain extent. There is a little part of me, however, that feels that there are many things I cannot control. When I do get sick, I tend to use Western medicine to treat it because that is what I am familiar with and that is what I am comfortable with as it aligns with the culture I was raised in. But, I know that other types of medicine work for others based on their cultural backgrounds as well.

Regarding disability, my views have changed based on my education and the ideas I have been exposed to over the years. I believe that in many cases disability is socially constructed and demonstrates the privilege and power of able-bodied people. Therefore, disability is a result of the actions or inaction of larger society. For instance, people who use wheelchairs are often disabled because the larger society does not think it is important enough to create spaces that are easily accessible.

This is just a small part of my ideas. Please let me know if you have more questions.

All the best,
Bill

#2 Re: Education » Cultural Conversation on Health, Illness, and Disability » Thursday 20th of February 2020 00:52

dnllamoreno,

I am more than happy to talk to you about different views on health, illness, disability, and OT. If there are more responses on the other forums, let me know and I will join in there. Let me know what specific questions you have.

Thank you,
Bill

#3 Re: Education » Free course in Foundations of Dementia -- Live Monday 27th Jan 2020 » Sunday 2nd of February 2020 16:36

Lesley,
Thank you for letting us know about this great resource! Your message says that the course started on January 27th, but is enrollment in the course rolling? In other words can someone join the course at any point and still benefit from all of the content?

Thanks!

Bill

#4 Re: Education » Student's Rights , Educational Standard and power struggles » Tuesday 31st of December 2019 23:59

Mohamad Sadat,
Thank you for posting on our forum. I apologize for the long delay. Have you had any luck in answering your question? I am not the best person to answer your question, but if you are still looking for an answer, I can connect you to a person who can answer your question.

All the best,
Bill

#5 Re: Education » Cross-cultural Teaching » Wednesday 5th of July 2017 20:01

Hi Di,

I have some colleagues that may have some ideas about how to go about practice placements when there aren't many practitioners available to supervise. I'll contact them and try to put you in contact with them. I will not be going to ENOTHE, but good luck on your presentation!

#6 Re: Education » Welcome to OTION's Education forum! » Monday 6th of February 2017 17:33

Ross,

Thanks for your post. I cannot think of any program off hand but I will keep my eyes open. In my PhD work, I am studying OT education in places where there are fewer resources and where OT is an emerging profession. So, if you find anything, please let me know too! Are you specifically thinking about practicing in another country? I'm curious to hear more about your interests!

All the best,
Bill

#7 Re: Education » Looking for continuing education research in occupational therapy » Thursday 19th of January 2017 16:10

George,
It can be really frustrating looking for and applying jobs. Are you looking for an occupational therapy instructor or faculty position or an OT practice position? Perhaps, if you are looking for a position in OT education, people can suggest what strategies less experienced OT educators can use to find a job that is a good fit for them.
All the best,
Bill

#8 Re: Education » Studying In Europe » Wednesday 19th of October 2016 17:40

Hi Dinapapa,

I don't know of any schools firsthand. You may want to also post your comment in the Student and Studying in Another Country forum of OTION as well. Good luck!!
-Bill

#9 Re: Education » Cross-cultural Teaching » Saturday 27th of August 2016 21:20

Di,
Thank you for posting here. I am very interested in the work you are doing in Kosovo. How long has the OT education program been running? I will also think about any resources I know of regarding the challenge of lack of supervising therapists for students' practice placements. I know many programs face this challenge when occupational therapy is an emerging profession in the country.

All the best,
Bill

#10 Re: Education » Welcome to OTION's Education forum! » Saturday 27th of August 2016 21:15

Hello Everyone!!
Thank you all for your enthusiastic participation in the new education forum! I am very excited to see all of the great ideas and questions that are being posed on this forum. Thank you for contributing your innovative ideas to our profession. Keep it up!

All the Best,
Bill

#11 Education » Cross-cultural Teaching » Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:38

BillRoberts
Replies: 5

I am writing from Colombo Sri Lanka where I will be teaching occupational therapy students in a BSc course for one month. I have taught here in the course and am always happy to be back. I am curious about others' experiences teaching in countries other than their own. Are you an occupational therapy educator who has taught in a different country or are you an OT educator that has used educators from other countries to come teach in your program? If so, let us know about your experiences, successes, and challenges! I look forward to hearing other educators' perspectives!

All the best,
Bill

#12 Re: Practice » Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit » Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:21

DeniseOT,
Thank you for your post. This online summit sounds like a great idea! Because the topic appears more related to practice, I moved the post to the Practice forum so others can find it easily.

All the best,
Bill

#13 Re: Education » OT Education Programs in Africa » Thursday 7th of July 2016 04:53

linlin wrote:

Excited to hear about these developments, as an OT in the UK with an interest in OT practice in Ghana and Africa in general.

Hi Linlin,
I know that the OT education program in Accra, Ghana started about 2-3 years ago. Thanks for showing interest in the forum!

Cheers!
Bill

#14 Re: Education » Welcome to OTION's Education forum! » Thursday 23rd of June 2016 16:29

Hi All,

I'm excited to see all the varied interests represented so far in this forum. Keep checking the forum frequently for topics of interest. Also, if you have a question or want to start a conversation, start a new topic for others to join.

All the Best!
Bill

#15 Re: Education » Welcome to OTION's Education forum! » Thursday 16th of June 2016 17:07

Thank you all for your posts and enthusiastic responses to the OTION education forum! Keep your comments and ideas coming! If you have questions or comments about specific topics, start a new conversation thread so that others can find the topic they are interested in easily. From time to time, I may start new topic-specific threads to make the forum easy for everyone to use. Thanks again and spread the word about the forum! The more people who use this resource, the more helpful it will be!

All the best!
Bill

#16 Education » Welcome to OTION's Education forum! » Friday 10th of June 2016 16:57

BillRoberts
Replies: 31

Welcome to the Education Forum on OTION! This forum will serve as a place for occupational therapists and occupational therapy educators from around the world to exchange ideas, ask each other questions, and share innovative teaching practices.

My name is Bill Roberts and I am an occupational therapists and PhD student at Colorado State University in the United States. After volunteering as an OT and teaching in other countries, I have become interested in how occupational therapy is taught around the world and this has become the focus of my research.

I am very excited to learn from others' experiences in teaching occupational therapy. I hope that this forum will be a place where, as a group of OT educators, we continually build our knowledge about occupational therapy education together.


To start the conversation, please let everyone know who you are, where you teach and how you would like to use this forum!

All the Best!
Bill

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