Title

The NAPA-OT Special Interest Group Field School: Applying Occupation to Clinical, Social, Educational, and Political Practice in Guatemala

Start Time

25-10-2008 9:40 AM

End Time

25-10-2008 11:10 AM

Abstract

In July 2008, an interdisciplinary team met for two weeks in Antigua, Guatemala to plan a field school where occupational scientists, occupational therapists, anthropologists, disability scholars and other professionals can practice and learn together. The field school is a recognized activity of the Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. The field school is scheduled to begin operation in Summer 2009.

The planning team will report on its conversations and collaboration with NGOs and other local partners, including Common Hope/Familias de Esperanza, the Behrhorst Foundation, the Hermano Pedro hospital, a Mayan women’s weaving cooperative, an independent living center and other local partners. Members of the planning team will present the program’s organization, rationale, objectives, and achievements. A short video of the project is in preparation.

The field school planners’ experiences provide useful perspectives on the relationships between occupational science, occupational therapy and social transformation. Components of the session include:

  • Occupation is the Key: Building Interdisciplinary Bridges for Collaborative Practice in a Field School in Guatemala.
  • Assessing the Potential for Occupation-Centered Pediatric Interventions in Guatemala: Mayan Families, Nutritional Patterns and Early Child Development
  • Geriatric Long-Term Care in, Antigua. Guatemala: The Potential for Ethnography and Occupation-Based Interventions
  • Occupational Justice in Guatemala: Challenges and Opportunities for Practice at the Intersection of Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy and Anthropology

The presentation will reflect on current debates about the relationship between occupational science and occupational therapy; building the knowledge base in occupational science; the role of praxis in academic disciplines; the internationalization and globalization of occupational science; ways to enhance the impact and visibility of occupational science; the relationship between occupational science and other disciplines; a political practice of occupational therapy.

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The NAPA-OT Special Interest Group Field School: Applying Occupation to Clinical, Social, Educational, and Political Practice in Guatemala

In July 2008, an interdisciplinary team met for two weeks in Antigua, Guatemala to plan a field school where occupational scientists, occupational therapists, anthropologists, disability scholars and other professionals can practice and learn together. The field school is a recognized activity of the Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. The field school is scheduled to begin operation in Summer 2009.

The planning team will report on its conversations and collaboration with NGOs and other local partners, including Common Hope/Familias de Esperanza, the Behrhorst Foundation, the Hermano Pedro hospital, a Mayan women’s weaving cooperative, an independent living center and other local partners. Members of the planning team will present the program’s organization, rationale, objectives, and achievements. A short video of the project is in preparation.

The field school planners’ experiences provide useful perspectives on the relationships between occupational science, occupational therapy and social transformation. Components of the session include:

  • Occupation is the Key: Building Interdisciplinary Bridges for Collaborative Practice in a Field School in Guatemala.
  • Assessing the Potential for Occupation-Centered Pediatric Interventions in Guatemala: Mayan Families, Nutritional Patterns and Early Child Development
  • Geriatric Long-Term Care in, Antigua. Guatemala: The Potential for Ethnography and Occupation-Based Interventions
  • Occupational Justice in Guatemala: Challenges and Opportunities for Practice at the Intersection of Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy and Anthropology

The presentation will reflect on current debates about the relationship between occupational science and occupational therapy; building the knowledge base in occupational science; the role of praxis in academic disciplines; the internationalization and globalization of occupational science; ways to enhance the impact and visibility of occupational science; the relationship between occupational science and other disciplines; a political practice of occupational therapy.