Exploring the praxis of occupational therapy-community development practitioners

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Irvine-Brown, Laura
Ware, Vicki-Ann
Malfitano, Ana Paula Serrata
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2021
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Background. A growing body of occupational therapy knowledge and practice focuses not on health but on social transformation, and couples occupational therapy with community development. A tension in both these fields is the disconnect between what practitioners espouse and what they do, limiting the potential of practice. To address this, practitioners are encouraged to engage in praxis-the critical synthesis of theory and practice. Purpose. To explore whether and how Australian occupational therapy-community development practitioners engage in critical praxis. Method. A critical dialogical method was employed to complete multiple in-depth interviews with four occupational therapy-community development practitioners. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings. Practitioners appeared capable of praxis but were not consistently employing it. Findings were grouped into themes: disjointed praxis, authentic praxis, supporting praxis, and praxis challenges and solutions. Implications. Occupational therapists need to be supported to develop, use, and maintain skills in critical praxis.

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Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
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Irvine-Brown, L; Ware, V-A; Malfitano, APS, Exploring the praxis of occupational therapy-community development practitioners, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2021. Copyright 2021 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Clinical sciences
Critical occupational therapy
Ergothérapie critique
Occupational justice
Professional practice
Social occupational therapy
Social transformation
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Irvine-Brown, L; Ware, V-A; Malfitano, APS, Exploring the praxis of occupational therapy-community development practitioners, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2021.
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