A career in an emerging field of practice means you need a high degree of self-direction to develop:
- understanding of your local employment market,
- working knowledge of your practice context, and
- professional development plan for skills and networks that support practice.
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You can also join OOFRAS Networks by country, so that you can arrange opportunities to meet colleagues, or discuss ways of responding in your local context.
Get in touch if you’d like to start an OOFRAS network in your country.
- Join Australian OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
- Join Canadian OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
- Join German OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
- Join The Netherlands OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
- Join Turkish OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
- Join UK OOFRAS Network on Google Groups
‘Who’s Working Where’
The ‘Who’s Working Where‘ directory lists the work of occupational therapy practitioners around the world who are working with displaced people.
This paid work is the lynchpin for all other types of professional contributions such as pro bono service, advocacy, research and education.
The work listed in the directory:
- are roles within organisations,
- deploy occupational therapy practice, and
- benefit people who have been displaced.
The directory doesn’t record informal contributions, learning activities, short projects, and volunteer contributions as a citizen. Whilst these are intrinsically valuable, the purpose of the ‘Who’s Working Where’ directory is to:
- help practitioners connect and strengthen this emerging field of practice,
- help the profession locate expertise nationally, and
- help the profession measure the growth in the field internationally.
It will be reviewed annually to ensure information remains current, and aggregated de-identified information will be used to describe the characteristics of this field of practice.
A Status Report will be issued just prior to each WFOT Congress to describe developments in the occupational therapy field of practice responding to human displacement over the last four years.
Reflecting and Connecting
Prompt questions are suggested below to help you identify what research you need to do, what you need to develop, and who to seek out to whilst preparing to work with displaced people.
- Why are you drawn to this work?
- What do you need in personal and professional life now?
- What types of role do you want to prepare for?
- Is there a legal framework protecting the rights of displaced people?
- How is the health and human service system in relation to those displaced?
- What is the social and economic climate in relation to displaced?
- What’s the political history of the crisis and prognosis of durable solutions?
- What has been the journey – internally displaced, urban, camp, journey?
- Who are the actors, and the response?
- How established is the occupational therapy profession?
- How much can professional association have to support emerging fields?
- How engaged is the nearest occupational therapy school?
- How many occupational therapists are there?
- How diverse is the profession beyond the medical model?
- How accessible are colleagues with experience and expertise?
Experienced colleagues can support your journey, whether it’s for the duration of one conversation, or for the years ahead. Seek out colleagues who:
- practice in a way that you respect,
- are connected and contributing to the profession,
- care about you and what you’re trying to do.
You can also learn much from colleagues with experiences such as experience preparing for a practice area pivot, experience with displaced people, critical thinking about health disparities and occupational justice, practice in countries with developing economies, experience of migration and so on.
Their role is to help you integrate and maximise your learning from action – so get started. First give, and then ask for input from experienced colleagues.