99 – Street Art, Graffiti and Occupational Therapy ft Gavin Symes

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In this episode we talk all about street art and graffiti as a meaningful therapeutic occupation with occupational therapist and not-afraid-to-question-the status-quo, Gavin Symes. We discuss: 

  • How to incorporate street art and graffiti into your occupational therapy practice 
  • What you need to get started 
  • Why street art is therapeutic and how to make it ‘therapy’ 
  • Frustrations that arise when other professionals question what we do 
  • How to confidently step out of the cookie cutter intervention approach 
  • Providing truly person-centered practice 
  • How to co-create meaningful goals 
  • How to turn your passion into a service 

Gavin is an occupational therapist and founder of Wizard OT in Melbourne, Australia. In 2010 Gavin sustained a serious head injury that left him physically and cognitively impaired. His injury made simple tasks difficult, and he required retraining in basic everyday life skills. A year later he decided to study to become an Occupational Therapist. Having his life turned upside down by a debilitating impairment now informs everything he does in his occupational therapy work. Gavin uses street art as a therapeutic medium to support people to reach their occupational goals in life. He prides himself on constantly attempting to break moulds and constantly expanding his clinical skills to work with a diverse range of people.  

Instagram: @wizard_ot 

Website: Wizard OT 

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