80 episodes

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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9, 21 Ratings

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.

    079 – Conversations with an OT Student Through her Final Placement

    079 – Conversations with an OT Student Through her Final Placement

    Something a little different for Occupied this episode. Adele Musco was kind enough to allow us to tag along through her final placement. This episode is broken into four periods of time through the placement process. We discuss what she learned, hows she grows, how she overcomes some of the challenges associated with placement and at the end have a discussion on what she feels would be the biggest learning points for other students going through or coming up to their placement.







    A huge thankyou to Adele for allowing us access to her during a fairly hectic time in ever OT students life compounded by a variety of events impacting the whole world.







    Keep Occupied







    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    078 – Detrimental Language and Documentation

    078 – Detrimental Language and Documentation

    Language is important. Documentation is important. The people we work with are important. But with all these “important” factors splitting our focus, have we lost the point?







    Zara Mills is an RN with extensive experience in mental health and a passion for improving nursing and healthcare in general. We talk often about the language used in health care and the throw-away terms and conversations had by health professionals that have a profound impact on those we work with….without us even realising it.







    I’m super glad we got to have one of those conversations on the podcast to share with you all.







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    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    • 1 hr 39 min
    077 – The Importance of Language in Disability

    077 – The Importance of Language in Disability

    I’ve wanted to talk with these two people for a very long time so when the stars aligned and I was able to get them both on the same podcast episode it felt like Christmas!







    Having this discussion about language and how we as therapist use it to frame and situate our therapeutic relationship, power and recovery for the people that we work with.







    If you haven’t heard of the TV show we talked about, “See”, before then check this out:Meet the blindness consultant ensuring Apple TV Plus show See respects accessibility







    We also mentioned an episode of Killer Mike’s TV show Trigger Warning no Netflix. In particular episode 1 “Living Black”:



















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    View this post on Instagram A post shared by D R . K H A L I L A H (@theacademicdiva) on Jun 14, 2020 at 3:08pm PDT







    https://twitter.com/OccScienceBae







    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jacklyn🌿 OT Student (@jacklyngerda_ot) on Dec 26, 2019 at 8:55am PST







    https://www.facebook.com/b3coffee/







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    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    076 – Surfing the Spectrum

    076 – Surfing the Spectrum

    It’s no surprise that I’m a huge advocate of Occupation Based Practice. One thing I love more than anything is coming across private practice and projects who are utilising OBP in new and exciting ways! This episodes guest is doing exactly that. Aimee Blacker runs a not for profit called Surfing the Spectrum that provides surfing as an intervention to support kids with autism as well as their families.







    Surfing the Spectrum aims to provide therapeutic surfing to the east coast of Australia. We discuss exactly what that is and what the benefits are for the kids. One thing I always find with occupation based practice is how incredibly holistic it is naturally. What makes it even better is seeing a therapist incorporate something they’re really passionate about into their business. What a beautiful world.







    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Surfing The Spectrum (@surfingthespectrum) on May 20, 2020 at 2:47pm PDT



















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    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    075 – Life, Death and Mental Illness

    075 – Life, Death and Mental Illness

    DURING THIS PODCAST TOPICS SUCH AS SUICIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS ARE DISCUSSED. IF THIS IS A TRIGGER OR MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN. 







    DURING THIS PODCAST PERSONAL OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICATIONS ARE DISCUSSED. THESE ARE OUR PERSONAL OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES ONLY AND YOU SHOULD DISCUSS YOURS WITH YOUR DOCTOR. 







    Gabe Howard is an award-winning speaker, author, and podcast host who lives with bipolar disorder. He hosts the weekly Psych Central Podcast and is the co-host of the Not Crazy podcast. He’s the author of Mental Illness is an A*****e – and Other Observations and has appeared on numerous websites, podcasts, and in many traditional media outlets.  You can find him online at gabehoward.com. 







    In this episode, we explore Gabe’s lived experience of BPAD, his experiences with health services, the impact mental illness has had on his life and EVERYTHING in between. We also have a very blunt and in-depth discussion about his experience of suicidal thoughts and making suicide plans.







    Author of Mental Illness is an A*****e and Other Observations — get your signed copy here!







    Listen to him host The Psych Central Podcast— Tune in Now! Need a speaker? Email him now or find him at gabehoward.com.







    Have a listen to my guest appearance on Inside Schizophrenia:















    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gabe Howard (@gabehoward29) on Mar 30, 2020 at 6:41am PDT







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    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    • 1 hr 53 min
    074 – Dev (they/them) and Brock (he/him) deep dive into gender, identity, and stigma

    074 – Dev (they/them) and Brock (he/him) deep dive into gender, identity, and stigma

    Dev, or you may know them as theRainbowOT is an amazing human. That’s all anyone really needs to know to get started. If you want to know more, keep reading. Dev is on a mission. A mission for inclusion. A mission for happiness. A mission for equal rights. A mission for acceptance. I’ve known Dev for a little while now and even though all of our chats and his other podcasts I still struggled to get my head around their mission. I asked Dev to come on the podcast for the selfish reason of challenging my own knowledge and perspectives and OMG did they do that in spades!







    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Devlynn, MS OTR/L (They/Them) (@therainbowot) on Sep 20, 2019 at 5:27pm PDT







    I loved this conversation. It was challenging and enlightening and real and raw. I hope everyone gets as much out of our conversation as I did.







    Listen to these episodes for more in depth information defining the different gender identities:























    You can find Devlynn’s website FULL of awesome resources here:https://therainbowot.com/







    Keep Occupied







    Brock @brockcookOTbrock.cook@me.com

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

wrappedinsaran ,

Great for all levels/areas of practice

We are so fortune that Brock speaks so candidly and passionately about OT. Occupied is for all practitioners to learn something new. Well done!

CurrentlyBill ,

Great to see more OT contact

I'm one episode in so far and I really liked what I heard in the episode of values. It really gets to the heart of looking at what actually matters to patients. Focusing on the why is central to accomplishing the things we actually want to do with stroke recovery.

@Outcomes_guru ,

Practical!

A. Excellent, unpretentious, practical resource for OTs. Episode 001 can help a lot of struggling OTs and should be a required listen for others who think they’re doing just fine, but have drifted from occupation based treatment.

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