Authors: Browyn Sutherland
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Spiritual And Emotional Health, SHOWCASE, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Spirituality is a topic that is seen to be relevant to mental health. Over the last few years its prominence has increased in the mental health and occupational therapy literature. Within occupational therapy, apart from anecdotal evidence, little is known about whether practicing therapists identify and work with clients spiritual needs, and if so, how they do this.
This presentation draws on research which forms part of the requirements for the author's degree of Master of Occupational Therapy. The research explored the spiritual beliefs and practices of occupational therapists working in mental health. A brief overview of the research methodology and of the questionnaire will be provided, and then selected results will be discussed, with reference to current mental health literature and occupational therapy literature.