#52: Anti-racist OT Praxis with Khalilah R. Johnson and Ryan Lavalley
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As occupational therapy providers, we have a duty to truly understand the word “occupation.”
This means acknowledging the role occupation has played in shaping societal policies and norms, many of which are fundamentally unjust.
We also need to admit that our professional knowledge base, itself, is skewed.
The foundations of OT have evolved from an exclusionary context that privileged White skin, as well as other false social hierarchies. So much of what we learn, teach, and practice as OTs comes from a lens of being able to accumulate social, economic, and political power.
The article we are focusing on in this 1-hour course is a commentary that calls us to confront occupation’s role in injustice. It also provides concrete strategies for moving toward anti-racist action. We DO have the power to transform society by introducing the concept of anti-racism into our classrooms, policies, and daily practice.
After we review the article, we will be joined by its authors Khalilah R. Johnson, PhD, MS, OTR/L and Ryan Lavalley, PhD, MOT, OTR/L to discuss ways you can create meaningful change.
In order to earn credit for this course, you must take the test within the OT Potential Club.
You can find more details on this course here:
Here's the primary research we are discussing:
Johnson, K. R., &; Lavalley, R. (2020). From racialized think-pieces toward anti-racist praxis in our science, education, and practice. Journal of Occupational Science, 28(3), 404–409.