Occupational Therapy’s Role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Occupational Justice

About the Course
This intermediate-level course provides an overview of existing and emerging occupational justice-focused practices. It offers an innovative intervention to aid practitioners in furthering their capacity to promote occupational justice in clients’ contexts. Learners will be provided opportunities for reflection on true stories from people’s experiences of occupational injustice. The course will encourage critical thinking toward more occupational justice-focused practices. It will conclude with reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field of occupational therapy and action steps that we, as a profession, can take to improve in these areas. 

Learning Objectives 
•    Differentiate applications of the Participatory Occupational Justice Framework (POJF) and the Framework of Occupational Justice (FOJ).
•    Explain the impacts of systemic oppression in the form(s) of racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, colonialism, cisgenderism, and gender binarism. 
•    Distinguish what it means to use disability studies as a methodology and explain for whom disability studies methodological approaches apply. 
•    Articulate several assessment tools, the constructs they measure, and their relationships to occupational justice.

About the Author
Sally Wasmuth, PhD, MA, OTR, has a background in African-American studies, philosophical studies of biology, and occupational therapy. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Notre Dame in African and African-American Studies and Philosophy. She received her PhD in Critical and Philosophical Studies of Biology from the University of Exeter in 2012. She has also received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy of Biology (2007) and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (2011), and completed a 2-year postdoctoral training at the Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Wasmuth’s research focuses on translational and implementation science, particularly in the areas of occupation-based intervention for addictive disorders and dual-diagnosis. She is involved in several arts-based recovery initiatives, including the use of theater as both a therapeutic intervention and a means of stimulating community conversations on critical topics, including the opioid crisis and healthcare inequities related to race. Dr. Wasmuth has been the plenary and keynote speaker for the 4th International Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) Institute (2015) and the Illinois State Association of Occupational Therapy Conference (2021). She has presented her work on stigma reduction nationally as part of an interstate occupational therapy webinar and has been an invited speaker on the topic of occupational justice for several academic institutions in the United States and Canada. In 2021, in recognition of her research directed at implementation and effectiveness of occupation-based approaches to occupational justice promotion, Dr. Wasmuth was the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Implementation Research Grant, and awarded the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Innovation Award. 

How to Receive Credit
•    Read the entire course online or in print.
•    Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
•    Provide required personal information and payment information.
•    Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
•    Print your Certificate of Completion.

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