The 22nd Annual Vanderkooi Endowed Lecture School of Occupational Therapy - Dallas
February 13, 2015
Susan Coppola, MS, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Global Perspectives on Aging: Lessons in Culture and Ethics for Occupational Therapy
Global aging is generating unprecedented questions about how societies can promote human flourishing for individuals and for communities. Occupational therapy contributes to the lives of older people and families through enabling participation in occupations on individual and community levels. Occupational therapy therefore enacts a form of justice. Yet, in cross-cultural encounters the meaning of justice can be less clear, given diversity of world views. In these situations occupational therapists should feel challenged to know how to approach or even make sense of the "right thing to do" given an unfamiliar cultural context. The uncertainty of cross-cultural situations gives rise to the imperative and the opportunity for occupational therapy as a profession to critically examine ethical underpinnings of our practices that have emerged largely from Westernized culture. Reflecting on international stories of occupational therapy encounters with older adults, this lecture will explore and question the ethics that inform and therefore define our profession.
About the Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship
The Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship was established in 1994 to honor the first program director of occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University, Fanny B. Vanderkooi. It celebrates the School of Occupational Therapy’s legacy of commitment to vision, professional values, and leadership development in occupational therapy education, practice and research. The 2014 event was attended by 295 occupational therapy professionals, inclusive of students.
|Founders - Vanderkooi Endowment||Vanderkooi 2014 Advisory Committee|
|Roland and Virginia Chandler Dykes||Lucy Aguirre-Kelley|
|George and Grace Gilkeson||Regina Michael Campbell, Chairperson|
|Bonnie Strauss||Catherine Candler|
|Virginia Chandler Dykes|
Previous Vanderkooi Lecturers
1994 Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR
2004 Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
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