Being One of the Team or a Being a Real OT: A dilemma for practice in CAMHS
Forging a profession specific identity and practice in CAMHS can be tricky for a number of reasons; some of these are not perceptible to us until we step back and consider our profession's history, practice, research and identity. Dr Rob Brooks is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Leeds Beckett University. He has worked with children, young people and families for the last 20 years in both physical and mental health settings, and has specific interests in professional practice, occupation-based practice, children’s play and neurodevelopmental conditions. His doctoral research focused on how occupational therapists use occupation in when working with children and young people with mental health difficulties. This presentation has foundations in his own professional dilemmas in CAMHS occupational therapy practice. Using findings from an ethnographic study of occupational therapy practice in CAMHS I will explore the issues of working in multidisciplinary teams, including the ways in which occupational therapists may have adapted their practice to fit in with other, perhaps more dominant professions, such as clinical psychology and medicine. Based on research findings this presentation will go on to suggest professional practices that occupational therapists in CAMHS could use to make occupation the focus of their assessments, interventions and outcomes. Finally, consideration will be given to the future of research that could support occupational therapists in CAMHS.
Tickets to be paid for on the door - £3 for students, £5 for members of CYPF Specialist Section and £15 for non-members. Student members FREE!