Om kulturella utmaningar inom arbetsterapi

Igår disputerade Parvin Pooremamali med avhandlingen “Culture, Occupation and Occupational Therapy in a Mental Health Care Context” vid Fakulteten för hälsa och samhälle, Malmö högskola.

Syftet med arbetet var att utforska betydelsen av kulturell mångfald i arbetet mellan arbetsterapeuter och klienter från Mellanöstern med psykisk sjukdom och/eller funktionsnedsättning.

Avhandlingen visar på utmaningar i mötet mellan olika kulturer i samband med arbetsterapeuternas arbete med klienter från Mellanöstern. Studierna belysar klienters och arbetsterapeuters upplevelser och erfarenheter av mötet och terapin.

Parvin Pooremamali och fakultetsopponenten professor Staffan Josephsson förde en intressant diskussion i ämnet. Opponenten både inledde och avslutade diskussionen med att läsa delar av den låttext som Parvin Pooremamali valt att publicera i sin avhandling.

Most of the time
I’m clear focused all around
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground
I can follow the path
I can read the sign
Stay right with it when the road unwinds
I can handle whatever
I stumble upon

Most of the time my head is on straight
Most of the time I’m strong enough not to hate
I don’t build up illusion until it makes me sick
I ain’t afraid of confusion no matter how thick
I can smile in the face of mankind

Most of the time I’m halfway content
Most of the time I know exactly where it went
I don’t cheat on myself I don’t run and hide
Hide from the feelings that are buried inside
I don’t compromise and I don’t pretend
Most of the time

Most of the time

Bob Dylan (extracts of Most of the Time)

Referens: Pooremamali, P. (2012). Culture, Occupation and Occupational Therapy in a Mental Health Care Context. The Challenge of Meeting the Needs of Middle Eastern Immigrants. Dissertation 2012:1, Faculty of health and society, Malmö University, Sweden.

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