WFOT vice-president's open lecture on diversity and culture

09:48, 24 September, 2015
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RSU Faculty of Rehabilitation invites students from Rehabilitation and other faculties, RSU staff members as well as anyone interesed to an open lecture Principles of diversity and culture by Samantha Shann, vice-president of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and senior lecturer at Northumbria University (UK).

The lecture will be held on Friday, 2 October, 15:00–16:30, at lecture-theatre #1, RSU main building, Dzirciema street 16, Rīga. Language: English.

About the lecturer

samantha shannSamantha Shann (MSc, PGCert, Dip COT) graduated as an occupational therapist in 1992 and has worked in a wide range of practice and education settings both in the UK and internationally. Her clinical background covers mental health, rehabilitation with veterans and school based paediatrics. Within WFOT she is actively involved in the development of occupational therapy in countries where the professional does not yet exist or is in its infancy. She is particularly interested in how occupational therapists develop and promote their professional identity.

About the lecture

Increased globalisation has fostered the freedom for individuals to travel, work and live in countries other than where they were born and it is perceived that this movement of people has promoted cross-cultural exchanges including sharing of experiences, beliefs and knowledge. Migration has and will promote multicultural societies which mean that occupational therapists and other health workers are more likely to encounter individuals from cultures and backgrounds that are different to their own.

The session will aim to draw on concepts of culture and diversity, explore how these principles guide and influence practice today and consider implications for future practice and student education.