104 -Occupational Science & Literacy, Awakening To Justice and Re-Imagining the Possibilities of Occupational Therapy ft Professor Elizabeth Townsend

  • 104 -Occupational Science & Literacy, Awakening To Justice and Re-Imagining the Possibilities of Occupational Therapy ft Professor Elizabeth Townsend 00:00
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In this episode, it is an absolute privilege and pleasure to be speaking with Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Townsend. Liz is a remarkable occupational therapist, occupational scientist and scholar who developed Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E) and has made significant contributions to the field of occupational therapy, occupational science and the understanding of occupational justice. We discuss:

  • How Liz has remained curious and passionate about OT after many years in the profession
  • How occupational science informs and enhances occupational therapy
  • What occupational science is and why it’s relevant
  • How OTPs can raise their profile and visibility
  • What occupational justice is
  • How occupational therapists can contribute to addressing broader systemic issues of injustice such as discrimination and poverty
  • The value and importance of person-entered care
  • The future of occupational therapy

Professor Townsend’s passion for occupational therapy and her unwavering commitment to promoting occupational justice and equity have driven her influential work throughout her career.  

With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Professor Townsend has delved into the philosophical and theoretical aspects of occupation, exploring its profound impact on human well-being and quality of life. Her extensive research and publications have shed light on the intricate connections between occupational engagement and social structures, highlighting the barriers that hinder individuals from accessing meaningful occupations. 

Her tireless efforts have brought occupational justice to the forefront of discussions, shaping policy and practice to create positive change. 

Professor Townsend is the founder and second director for the school of occupational therapy for Dalhousey university. She is a founding member of the International Society of Occupational Scientists and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists. She is a founder of the concepts of occupational justice, occupational injustice, and occupational rights to address systemic social exclusion, deprivation and other marginalizing social practices. 

Professor Townsend has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.  

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