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Challenging how we think about OT

19th May 2010

Reading through recently updated blogs from occuptional therapy, this post from Salford University’s blog was found.

One line, in particular, stood out:

“An hour of so spent chatting with Frank Kronenberg (a newly appointed Honorary Professor at Salford) has possibly turned much about how we think of our profession on its head – but that´s for another post – we need time to reflect and assimilate before going public with this very radical view!”


Frank Kronenberg is the co-editor of the book; “Occupational Therapy Without Borders. Learning From The Spirit of Survivors”.

“This book challenges occupational therapists, members of a still small and rather invisible profession, to more fully realise the profession’s social vision of a more just society where disability, old age, and other marginalising conditions and experiences are addressed by involving people in helping themselves to (re)gain the capacity and power to construct their own destinies through their participation in daily life. The book will explore the new idea of occupational apartheid – the separation between those who have meaningful, useful occupations and those who are deprived of, isolated from, or otherwise constrained in their daily life.”

There is only one review but it is very positive stating that “OT Without Borders is a really refreshing OT book. It really explores OT out of the usual settings, and isn’t bogged down in the usual ‘what do we do?’, ‘does anyone know what we do?’, ‘does anyone care???!’”

Quite a rallying cry for the profession and if Frank Kronenberg is continuing to develop these thoughts then it may well present a challenge to how occupational therapists perceive their role and identity.

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