Service users at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s medium secure mental health unit in Preston are marking the internationally celebrated Occupational Therapy Day Japanese style!
World Occupational Therapy Day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness of the important role that Occupational Therapists play in the recovery of patients. The OT Team at Guild Lodge will be marking the international celebration of the profession with an afternoon of activities with a theme of Japan and Japanese Occupational Therapy practice.
Ian Watson, Occupational Therapist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I have a real passion for occupational therapy and look forward to celebrating the great work we do as a team and the progress our service users have made because of the activities we do within the OT programme.
“This year we decided to mark the international celebration by highlighting the practice of OT in Japan. Origami is known to be helpful to service users in mental health settings and this will form part of the celebration along with learning about Japanese culture.”
Other activities will include making cards for family and friends using Japanese word symbols and learning more about the unique Kawa model of Occupational Therapy which uses the metaphor of a river to understand how engagement in meaningful activity and making use of their strengths can help people to overcome life's obstacles.
Occupational Therapists help services users to develop transferable skills and provide structure into their routine during their time within the service.