I use my background in Occupational Therapy to write professional and public related content. My primary interest is in promoting Mental Health as simple and not complex, engaging and not boring. I make video, take pictures, and write.
Do you set goals? If you do, do you actually ever achieve them?
I have never really been a goal setter by its common understanding; such as:
Writing a Book
Getting a promotion
When I say I am not much of a goal setter, I mean; I rarely focus on accomplishing a goal or setting a new resolution. Every year we come to the point in which it is time to make New Year’s Resolutions. Some argue it’s a waste of time because they ...
I was nearly suspended from OT school. I am glad I choose to stay, but it took a change of heart to know why it was worth it.
Walking into that faculty meeting
There I was sitting alone in a room of over a dozen faculty. It was me versus the world. I was there due to many reasons, including:
Inability to follow feedback and take responsibility
Falling asleep in class
Showing up late
Poor participation in group projects
The worst part was, I felt like the accusations weren’t true.
My internal ...
Whether you’re a parent looking for a new job or a parent who recently graduated with a healthcare degree, deciding where to work can be heavily impacted by having kids.
However, if you don’t have kids now but want to plan for it, this article may still provide important workplace considerations. It definitely makes travel therapy less of an option, even though you may still dream about it. It’s already overwhelming and scary looking for work, and being a parent can add to the stress.
When considering a career in occupational therapy (OT), at some point most pre-OTs probably read the articles about OT being in the top 50, 10, or even topping the charts at number one in years past, as “best job.” In an article by Jacquelyn Smith for MSN Money, OT was listed as one of the predicted “hottest” jobs for 2016. As a new graduate looking for work, the process was certainly overwhelming for me.
There’s a familiar argument between the opposing viewpoints that you should be a general...
A mental health fieldwork may sound completely foreign.
Images of psych wards, straight jackets, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest may come to mind. First of all, a mental health fieldwork can take place in a wide variety of locations including homeless shelters, outpatient and day treatment locations, or even community centers. However, if you are going to an inpatient location or a state hospital, there is certainly a stigma about mental health in our culture.
Many OT programs encourage o...
Master’s vs. doctorate
The topic is hotly debated across internet OT communities. It is easily the most asked question by prospective occupational therapy students and it may be one of the most controversial topics in OT bubble right now.
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz regarding “what’s the difference” of a master’s vs. doctorate and how is it different from a PhD. (or EdD, DHSc, MPH, or MBA for that matter).
At NGOT, we wanted to help clear up some confusion by interviewing a few of ...
Staying connected to prominent occupational therapists and organizations is easy using social media and OT Twitter accounts.
Twitter provides a simple and efficient platform for OTs and therapy organizations to provide concise, informative, and thought-provoking therapy information. For those of you who, like myself, have been living under a rock for the last few years, Twitter has gained traction as a primary avenue to disseminate information.
Grant Mitchel MOTR/L is devoted to improving occ...
Here is a list of 6 ways you can get your hands on some OT research resources. While a few resources are indeed membership-based, the emphasis is on FREE resources.
You’ve heard it before. Your professors say, “Once you graduate, you’ll miss how accessible research from databases are to you now”.
It’s sad but true.
It may not be until a year after you graduate that you will suddenly realize just how valuable access to peer-reviewed literature is. For independent practitioners or those belongi...
This year’s conference will be in Philadelphia!
Even as a student, AOTA conference tickets are not cheap. There is also the cost of travel and stay. It can be hard to find the time and money to go to conferences. However, the trip is well worth the price.
If you’re an isolated practitioner or a student just trying to make it through, there is an energy at the conference that reminds you what you’re apart of. This excitement can last longer than a week, too. If you ever begin to feel burned ou...
It seems to start with “if only I could get into grad school.” However, the short-lived celebration turns into “I hope I can graduate.”
It’s exciting to graduate, except there’s the barrier of the NBCOT test, exponentially multiplied by the anxiety of finding and starting a new job. The good news is, the NBCOT is a pass-it and you’re in-for-life type of test! Then you need only to remain in good standing, renewing your certification every 3 years.
Even if you’re not in good standing, the reac...
Before I graduated occupational therapy school, I was given advice about looking for a first job.
That advice was:
Now, if you are like me, the ideal job is an ergonomic specialist for a space colony on Mars. Unless I am settling a colony on Mars, there will have to be settling for a first job. Others were keen on telling me “just get your foot in the door.”
Settle Or Get Your Foot In the Door?
One job I applied for left me feeling uneasy and a fellow classmate explained, “you...
This is guest post written by Grant Mitchell, author of TheOTpreneur.com. Grant currently works in Acute Rehab and completed his Master’s thesis on using the Wii as a rehab intervention. We are happy to have him on the My OT Spot blog!
Considering the rising cost of healthcare, consumer technology can often be an effective treatment modality that can double as a home exercise program. An example of consumer technology could include a Nintendo Wii + Sports which can be usually...