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Episode 10: Mental Health
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."
1/6/2018 06:02:47 pm
I have had the privilege and honor of speaking at Miss Awesomeness Dr Dobyns' OTA class as part of NAMI's In Our Own Voice program. I wasn't sure what an OT was or did at the time, but have had the opportunity to learn more about it since and have come to the conclusion that OT's are The Practitioners of Making Things Better. And this goes for all aspects of life, especially mental health. Dr Awesomeness truly lives up to her OT moniker with her unbridled passion about championing mental wellness as a part of every situation an OT/OTA may find themselves in. Her students leave her class extremely well-educated on mental illness and its effects as well as having an increased sense of self-awareness/care for their own emotional well-being...so important in the helping professions. To be able to be a part of the educational journey she takes her students on was so rewarding to me as they seemed to really "get it" when it came to compassion and acceptance for those of us who experience mental illness; a trait no doubt fostered in the students by Dr Dobyns' passion for OT and her holistic and inclusive approach to Make Things Better for folks who are struggling with an often "invisible" and stigmatizing illness. OT is a caring profession where you ask your client NOT "what's the matter with you?" but rather "what matters to you?" This can make all the difference in the world and awesome professors like Dr Miss Awesomeness Dobyns know how to weave a mindset of compassion into every fiber of OT training and application.
1/9/2018 12:14:44 am
1/9/2018 09:54:24 pm
Thanks for sharing this great interview with Karen!
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