Thoughts about Occupational Therapy & what it has taught me
Author: MSc student 2015
I’m a postgraduate student completing a Masters in Occupational Therapy to become a qualified therapist with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
I’m a student member of the BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists) and RCOT (Royal College of Occupational Therapists).
I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Certificate in Health & Social Care.
Visual reflections are one way of representing and structuring a reflection you’re making about an event. Rather than writing out a page of text, use text within pictures and symbols to convey emotion and meaning clearly. Drawing it out like a mind map or with symbols can make it easier to notice and connect themes together, as well as being quicker to both do and interpret. It can also make going through the different stages more clear and force you to not omit any difficult stages.
Once you have found all the articles relevant to the topic, review them and record your findings in a table like the ones below. This will make it easy to pick out the themes and write your discussion, as well as identifying failings in research method making the articles less reliable.
Study: Craun SW and Bourke ML (2014) The Use of Humor to Cope with Secondary Traumatic Stress. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 23(7): 840–852.
Type of Methodology
(eg staff or patients)
Strengths/ Weaknesses of Method
Magazine Article: Brown A-L (2015) Laughter is the best medicine: from clown doctor to occupational therapist. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 62(6): 29–29.
Yes WTF is triangulation. Sounds mathematical and more suited to an airline pilot than an occupational therapist.
In one sense it’s using points in a triangle shape to pinpoint a location more precisely, but the sense we’re concerned about here is the social science sense. Really simply it’s using two or more sources of data to make the results more valid.