Finding Our Strengths: Recognizing Professional Bias and Interrogating Systems

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No one builds their lives on remediated weaknesses. No one. Who does a deficits-based approach benefit? Those we serve, or the professional community? Do our current models of practice support flourishing? Our professional biases make it hard for us to see not only how our practice may be getting it wrong today but is also perpetuating systems that prevent us from getting it right tomorrow. A paradigm shift to a strengths-based model that interrogates the educational, research, and practice systems we work in is proposed. It is a shift that we must see, speak, and act on. Our vulnerability and willingness to rethink is our strength, which will meet the changing needs of society. This lecture will draw on literature from positive psychology, disability justice, well-being, and research that centers the voice of self-advocates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7606150010
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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