By Michael K. Iwama PhD MSc BScOT BSc
A landmark booklet in occupational treatment and an important contribution to the rehabilitation idea literature! The Kawa version provides a brand new conceptual version of perform that differs from modern theories in regard to: foundation (East Asia), underlying philosophical base (East Asia), being seriously infused with a natural-ecological, holistic global view, and relational constitution. The version is predicated at the metaphor of nature (a river) that stands for the meanings of existence. end result of the familiarity of the metaphor, to either therapists and consumers alike, the Kawa version is comparatively effortless to realize, remarkably uncomplicated, but accomplished and potent. in contrast to different versions, it used to be raised from medical perform, by means of practitioners, via a means of qualitative study tools. it's the first conceptual version and huge theoretical paintings of occupational remedy from outdoor of the Western world.
- A 'must-read' for all scholars of occupational therapy
- The first giant paintings in occupational treatment from open air of the Western world
- Introduces an jap viewpoint on concerns of concept and tradition in occupational therapy
- Eight case reports, 4 from Western perform contexts and 4 from the East
- Developed by means of clinicians and practitioners for his or her peers
- Questions the cultural obstacles of occupational treatment, its wisdom (epistemiology), concept and perform. It places the reader involved with the cultural nature of self, consumer and profession
- Enables readers to increase serious research abilities for analyzing concerns of concept and tradition, in place of studying thought as 'recipes'
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It seems ironic that our particular placement of emphasis on ability sets the stage or context for its violation. And What Happened to Nature? Where Did It Go? 2 Graphic depiction of the Western variation of the cosmological myth, as a radical separation of the elements of the universe. context in which occupational therapists make sense of doing. The construction of nature, its structure, content, status and position in relation to human beings and deities, has changed profoundly. Nature has almost disappeared in our Western views of daily life and realities.
In relation to the environment, we derive a sense of individual right and destiny to act on and occupy it, having been bestowed dominion over these elements by God. This sense of individual destiny coincides with the unequivocal social assumption of autonomy and independence evident in Western life. We have become familiar with a centrally situated distinct self that supports a developing discourse around how we occupy that distinct self (with meaningful activity) and our environs (through purposeful activity).
In occupational therapy, independence in daily skills is a universally held and celebrated performance outcome. The requirement to depend on others is pejorative. Dependence is evidence of weakness, of not being competent to control one’s circumstances nor fulfill the responsibilities of stewardship of the environment. In Western occupational therapy discourse, these are identified as less desirable states of being that require and deserve amelioration. They set the stage for what constitutes wellness and disability in Western social experience.