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This is an emerging topic for me. It’s something for which I’ve seen a correlation for many many years. Now is the stage in my career where I’m starting to explore this more in-depth. Meaning is arguably the most important aspect of a person’s occupation. Yet, in my experience, it is also one of the most neglected or least understood areas of our practice.
This episode I wanted to take some time to reflect on my thought process and how “meaning” has evolved over my career.
I make reference to an article during the episode that has recently provided me with some food for thought around this:
Morris, K., Cox, DL. (2017) Developing a descriptive framework for “occupational engagement” Journal of Occupational Science 24 (2), 152-164
Would love to hear your thoughts on “meaning” and how you see it relating to occupational therapy! Shoot me an email or a voice mail! All links in the profile.
3 thoughts on “049 – Meaning and Occupational Engagement”
Thanks for your thoughts on meaning – it was great to listen and think about it a bit more. For me, things that have greatest meaning are things that help me to align my doing with my values.
I was listening to this other podcast the other day and I think they touched on really similar things that you did – but in their own ways. The podcast series is called Coaching for Leaders and the episode was ‘Align your calendar to what matters with Nir Eya’. https://coachingforleaders.com/podcast/calendar-what-matters-nir-eyal/
I was wondering if you could give some examples of what types of occupations you were assuming were dark in your patients. I’m trying to become more aware of my habits with this and wondering if there are any occupations that aren’t so obvious that I may be disregarding or neglecting to address with my patients. Perhaps there are questions I can ask them to elicit a greater understanding of possible “dark” occupations my parents might have. Thanks in advanced for your reply!
the usual mostly, drugs, crime, general antisocial behaviour. In terms of questions, I think simply focusing on the “why” is the key.