Culture, Cultural Competency and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: a Middle Eastern Perspective
Author: Awaad, Terri
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 66, Number 9, September 2003 , pp. 409-413(5)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:A Western occupational therapist appointed to mental health services for Emirati nationals in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates is faced with many questions regarding competent practice in what is, to the therapist, a largely alien culture. In an effort to develop a culturally sensitive approach to a new service development, an extensive review was undertaken of the cultural competency and related occupational therapy literature and a framework for culturally competent practice was proposed (Awaad 2003a). One of the key themes identified was the importance of attaining, and the skilful use in therapy, of specific cultural knowledge. This paper attempts to apply this principle through an exploration of the literature concerned with social, occupational and mental health practices in Middle Eastern Islamic societies and their relationship to psychosocial occupational therapy.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2003
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