Well, I want to develop my skills in reflection and critical analysis as an Occupational Therapy student and decided a blog would be a suitable space for publishing my musings and encouraging me to do more than just read the literature.
I also feel that it might be helpful for myself, and others, to explore the transition from being someone who has had a lot of experience being on the receiving end of mental health services, through recovery, to becoming the trained professional delivering the services of the future.
Some of the areas I imagine I’d like to write about include:
What is it like to be an OT student with an extensive history of mental health problems?
Is it helpful to try and synthesis the experience of service-user with professional?
- How do I manage the boundaries of disclosure and self-protection with utilising, including some incredibly privileged, insight into the experience of being a service-user?
- How is my history received by fellow students and staff members?
- Do I risk ‘hanging on’ to the past, or is acknowledging my history while being mindfully ‘in a different place’ just a facet of good self-awareness.
I’m also hoping to reflect on items I read to ensure I develop skills in really processing the information I encounter.
So, feel free to comment – I will be approving posts to protect myself and if it becomes unhelpful I will disable the feature, hopefully I’ll receive some constructive feedback and discussion.