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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathi Brennaman Baron, MS, OTR/L(Univ of Illinois at Chicago Coll of Associated Health Professions)
Description: This text describes the current state of occupational therapy in mental health, including an examination of the issues confronted by occupational therapists and a reporting of initiatives various pioneers in the field are taking to deliver services.
Purpose: The editor's intent is to provide a guide for insuring the survival of occupational therapy in the 21st century. Her objectives are: to imagine new frontiers for occupational therapists, via knowledge of past successes and failures; to look at new frontiers from various perspectives, including practice, education, technology, organizational/societal change, and local/state advocacy; to recognize opportunities for delivering innovative practice; and finally, to assume leadership and partnership roles with consumers and other professionals.
Audience: The book is written for students, occupational therapy practitioners (in mental health), and educators. It could possibly be used to market occupational therapy to other professionals and to consumers.
Features: This is a guide for working as an occupational therapist in mental health. New funding streams, innovative practices, development of partnerships, and collaborating with consumers are all explored. A discussion on education and fieldwork in this area of practice is also included. The strategies used by pioneers are especially useful to current day practitioners.
Assessment: The text is of high quality, with a current assessment of occupational therapy's place within a changing, chaotic, and dysfunctional healthcare system. Issues faced by clinicians are discussed and the area of practice is clarified for students. The importance of viewing oneself as an entrepreneur rather than a victim is stressed, and a guide for achieving this is provided.