On The air
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Karen Dobyns, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, also known as Miss Awesomeness, is a pediatric occupational therapist as well as adjunct faculty in the OTA program at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA. She got her Master's degree at UTHSC in Memphis in 2009 and then completed her post-professional clinical doctorate through Rocky Mountain several years ago. She is currently working on getting her first children's picture book published (The Centipede Who Couldn't Tie His Shoes) which has some OT strategies built in to it. She's also a big fan of incorporating the "flow arts" into OT, which includes hula hoop dance, flow wand, poi, and more. She has many interests and can always find a way to tie them into OT, although her number one OT passion has to do with addressing the daily mental health needs of clients - and students!
On this episode, Karen shares about how she got her nickname, bibliotherapy - or using books as a therapeutic tool, her soon-to-be-released children's book, her work with the flow arts, and the importance of incorporating strategies to promote mental health in OT practice and in our own lives as OT students and practitioners.
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In occupational therapy, much is said about the idea of health, well-being, and occupational balance. Therapists promote the idea that maintaining a balance in work, rest, and leisure is important to preserving or improving mental and physical well-being. However, we often don’t practice what we preach."
The host of the On The Air podcast, I have practiced as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and am an OT educator specializing in ed tech and instructional design.