I have worked as a clinical occupational therapist (OT), organisational consultant and academic in Cape Town, South Africa and London, UK. My undergraduate degree in OT was from the University of Cape Town and MA from the University of East London / Tavistock-Portman Clinic in psychoanalytic work with organisations. My PhD research involved a psychoanalytically informed ethnographic study of the social defence mechanisms used by occupational therapists in their professional work. I have published articles, chapters and co-authored a book on psychoanalytic thinking in occupational therapy and my current academic interests are in the use of dreams to extend clinical reasoning / reflexivity and in the symbolic understanding of occupations in clinical work and social life.
I am a committed educationalist and value the use of dialogue and debate through the use of seminars and e-learning forums, which can engage students in examining their underlying assumptions about health, illness and the ‘other’. This approach to learning can encourage students to consider the deeper (or hidden) social issues which may affect the occupational engagement of individuals or groups in different communities. It is through this work of reflecting on hidden assumptions and desires that students and novice clinical therapists are able to connect with their authentic compassion. This emotional recognition of the necessary dependency in any relationship can move beyond a (superficial) moral need to ‘do good for the other’ to a deeper ethical commitment to social justice.
University of Essex
WPF MA proposal lecturer,
University of Roehampton (2/10/2015 - 31/7/2019)
Theory Lecturer D10 course, Tavistock and Portman Training,
University of Essex (29/9/2011 - 29/6/2019)