Two third-year Occupational Therapy students invited to share their ideas at regional forum.
Two third-year Occupational Therapy students from School of Allied Health Professions in the Faculty of Health reversed roles recently as they became the teachers to a group of practicing occupational therapists and other occupational therapy students at the Eastern Region, British Association of Occupational Therapists study day, the OT Factor.
Camilla Lees and Maria Torralba, who were the only student speakers at the conference, were invited to share their experiences of a third year creative project, which was based on the theory of occupational science. Camilla and Maria had developed their thinking with three other students on their course in a new six-week project and produced an idea for a new intervention. Their ideas develop new thinking in occupational therapy, particularly helping patients and clients work round obstacles and barriers as they rediscover their independence. The ideas were based on the Kawa model, "The River of Life", which owes its development to the eminent Japanese Occupational Therapist and thinker, Dr Michael Iwama.
Maria Torralba said, "We were very pleased to represent our group at the conference. The creative thinking part our course was one of the highlights of our learning at the UEA and it was great to share it with other occupational therapists from across the region. Camilla Lees added, "The job of an Occupational Therapist is to help people to regain their independence and to help them to realise their potential. Our project highlights how OTs can work with patients to identify and get round some of the barriers on their journey - a journey which is reflected by the flow in the "The River of Life”.
Jane Hibberd, lecturer on the Occupational Therapy Course
said, "I was very proud that our students had been invited to lecture to practicing occupational therapists.
Our School prides itself on innovative and creative thinking, and I was delighted to see Camilla and Maria demonstrated this so well at the conference.
Coincidently, Dr Michael Iwama will be coming to present an extended lecture at the University of East Anglia on 16 June.