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A creative project exploring all things Occupation, Occupational Science, and Occupational Therapy. Each fortnight I am to showcase a topic or therapist and to have a discussion exploring OT related ideas and concepts. My aim is to challenge you, make you think and provide you with guidance wherever possible.

Occupied Brock Cook

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A creative project exploring all things Occupation, Occupational Science, and Occupational Therapy. Each fortnight I am to showcase a topic or therapist and to have a discussion exploring OT related ideas and concepts. My aim is to challenge you, make you think and provide you with guidance wherever possible.

    063 – Unpacking colonised thinking in OT

    063 – Unpacking colonised thinking in OT

    PLEASE NOTE: This episode discusses topics such as colonisation and racism in multiple forms. The guests would like to make it clear that this episode does not sit as a ‘standalone’ teaching tool. If you are planning to share it with your cohorts of students we encourage you to use it alongside other aspects of the curriculum with cultural responsiveness with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.







    Have you ever considered the impact colonisation might have had on the indigenous peoples of your country? Have you ever considered the ongoing impact these historical events have had in terms of systemic racism and institutional marginalisation of our clients?







    Australia has a checkered and often hidden history when it comes to its colonisation by western entities. The impact that this event has had on Australia’s indigenous peoples is something that continues to impact them today. Today’s episode delves into the institutional racism and cultural isolation that continues today due to Australia’s colonisation in 1788.







    This conversation with Tirritpa Richie and Jodie Booth was deep, confronting and mindblowing all at the same time. I can’t express enough how important it is to listen to this one with an open mind and a critically self-reflective lens.







    Racism in Australia traces both historical and contemporary racist community attitudes, as well as political non-compliance and governmental negligence on United Nations human rights standard and incidents in Australia.[1] Contemporary Australia is the product of Indigenous peoples of Australia combined with multiple waves of immigration, predominantly from the United Kingdom and Ireland.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Australia







    Personal Reflection







    1As I reflected on in episode 044 This session had a HUGE impact on me, alerting me to many considerations in my own schema that I was completely naive to. At the Australian National Conference where Tirritpa Ritchie challenged the room to critically challenge their “whiteness” in the context of the service they deliver/teach.







    Map of Indigenous Australia – The map is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia. 







    A huge thank you to Jodie Booth who brought this conversation together as its something we all wanted to do justice to as it is something that so important to Australian health care but also relevant to many many other western cultures around the world including the USA and Canada.







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    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 1 hr 55 min
    062 – Meditation and The Good Lives Model with BreeTheOT

    062 – Meditation and The Good Lives Model with BreeTheOT

    Breeanna Janson (@breetheOT) is an Australian OT who I discovered through Instagram and her amazing content. Bree often has “theme weeks” on Instagram where she would education on topics around Occupational Therapy and personal growth including meditation. Bree has a number of amazing projects on the go at once, most of which we touch on during this podcast.







    I really wanted to discuss meditation with her and its clinical application for OT’s. Bree has a side gig voicing guided meditations for an app called Bloom. She also utilises the benefits of meditation with a prison population in which she works with.







    On that topic, during the conversation, Bree introduced me to an amazing model called the Good Lives Model which we went through and she utilises to highlight where in a persons life meditation can have a huge impact.







    View this post on Instagram Here’s a pic of me from last Friday, doing more meditation recordings for @bloomapp ✨ @chloeszep @mollyjane A post shared by Breeanna Janson | Bree The OT (@breetheot) on Dec 7, 2019 at 11:10pm PST







    Bloom Apphttps://apps.apple.com/au/app/bloom-better-you/id1469479066







    The Good Lives Modelhttps://www.goodlivesmodel.com/







    Since we recorded Bree has also set up a mental-health related podcast which will launch in February 2020. Give The Strong Minds Club a follow to stay up to date with their launch and new episodes.







    View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Strong Minds Club Podcast (@strongmindsclub) on Dec 22, 2019 at 12:41am PST







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    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    061 – Picking the Brain of Dr Charles Christiansen

    061 – Picking the Brain of Dr Charles Christiansen

    Charles Christiansen is a name that a large portion of Occupational Therapists from around the world would recognise. From his papers to his textbooks to his positions on AOTA and AOTF boards, Charles’ impact on the profession has been nothing short of paradigm-shifting.







    I first met Charles in 2012 when he was flown out to a conference here in Australia as the keynote. Through a serendipitous turn of events, I was given the privilege of picking him up from the airport. From that first minute, his bubbly personality and amazingly measured and thoughtful conversations had me enthralled.







    Since that time we have kept in contact and it was an absolute pleasure being able to host him on Occupied. An amazing man, an amazing story and such a great conversation.







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    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 2 hrs 8 min
    060 – BEST OF – Online Technology for Occupational Therapy

    060 – BEST OF – Online Technology for Occupational Therapy

    WELCOME TO THE OCCUPIED BEST OF!







    Voted by you guys as one of the four best episodes thus far, Dr Anita Hamilton has arguably had the biggest influence of any individual on my OT career. If you’ve heard this episode before I can guarantee you’ll get something new out of it. If you haven’t heard this amazing episode before, strap in, you’re in for a ride!







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    The one and only Dr Anita Hamilton has had a MASSIVE influence on my career and volunteered me for a number of amazing opportunities I would not otherwise have had the fortitude to tackle. Anita is an expert and leader in the space of OT’s utilising online technology and has been a massive proponent of the OT4OT group who founded and help facilitate the whole range of 4OT facebook communities.







    Stay tuned to the end for a WORLD EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the ongoing future of the OT24VX virtual conference!!!







    Also find the “first follower” video discussed in the episode:



















    Anita’s video highlighting the use of her model of knowledge dissemination “the IM-KT Framework”:



















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    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 1 hr 32 min
    059 – BEST OF – Why SMART Goals are DUMB

    059 – BEST OF – Why SMART Goals are DUMB

    WELCOME TO THE OCCUPIED BEST OF!







    Voted by you guys as one of the four best episodes thus far, this episode rustled more jimmies than just about any other! If you’ve heard this episode before I can guarantee you’ll get something new out of it. If you haven’t heard this amazing episode before, strap in, you’re in for a ride!







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    Goals…..we’ve all heard of them and all been advised that we should be using them both personally and clinically….but why and how are we using them? Do we have a good understanding of how they work? Hear me out and I’ll see if I can make you think 😉







    When I say how do you write a goal I bet this is what you think of:







    Specific 







    Measurable







    Attainable







    Realistic







    Time-bound







    ………….but why?







    I’m sure we’re all very familiar with this format for “goal setting”, it’s been drilled into us for year! But how many of you could list a different goal format right now off the top of your head? To me, that in itself is an issue. I encourage you to hear me out and listen to this one with an open mind. I’m a believer that SMART goals are not only not a good method of goal progression for OT’s but even that they can be detrimental….and I’m about to explain to you my thoughts around this!









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    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 30 min
    058 – BEST OF – Occupational Justice with Professor Gail Whiteford

    058 – BEST OF – Occupational Justice with Professor Gail Whiteford

    WELCOME TO THE OCCUPIED BEST OF!







    Voted by you guys as one of the four best episodes thus far, Professor Gail Whiteford has had an almost immeasurable impact on the profession of Occupational Therapy. If you’ve heard this episode before I can guarantee you’ll get something new out of it. If you haven’t heard this amazing episode before, strap in, you’re in for a ride!







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    I am honestly so excited about this episode. When Gail first sent me a message asking to be on the podcast I almost fell off my chair. All my Occupational dreams come true!







    Professor Gail Whiteford has been an OT hero of mine for the longest time and even though we have met multiple times, getting to have a chat with her was a surreal experience. To say I was fan-boying was an understatement. Coming to the conclusion that she is not only one of the most intelligent and well rounded Occupational Therapists i know but also one of the most easy to talk to and engage with. I can’t thank Gail enough for allowing me to pick her brain.







    Professor Whiteford’s work has had a significant and lasting impact on the direction of the profession and Occupational Science. In particular her work with Dr Elizabeth Townsend in the development and promotion of the Participatory Occupational Justice Framework was something that resonated with me from the core of my OT beliefs. Being involved with OT organisations such as OOFRAS and working with some marginalised populations the framework instantly resonated with the work and professional experiences I had up until that point.







    The Conversation







    Our conversation started with her journey through the profession and the evolutions of OT she experienced throughout that time. Gail, on the spot, came up with ideas I would never have ever considered about the profession. Blew my mind wide open. Feel like im still processing it.







    We discussed the POJF and how it came into development. The current state of Occupational Therapy as well as what the future may hold for the profession. Definitely one of the deepest, most reflective conversations I’ve had and I really hope it blows your mind as much as mine.Keep occupied







    Brockbrock.cook@me.com@brockcookOT

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

Peachey2000 ,

Not just for OTs!

Yep, I’m not an OT, and still get a lot out of this. Check out the minimalism and SMART goals episodes in particular

Jodie_L_Booth ,

Loving it Brock!

Do you like having great OT conversations during or after a conference or workshop? Well, the occupied podcast is like listening in to those conversations! Passionate, interesting and intelligent OT shop talk - I’m loving it!

Hamigos4 ,

Starting the conversation about occupation

Great podcast for OTs (new and not so new) looking at how to bring the focus of OT practice back to occupation. The key messages from Brock are reclaim occupation by refining your time, your role, your language and your focus.
Looking forward to the next episode!

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