Embracing Diversity: Explaining the Cultural Dimensions of Our Occupational Therapeutic Selves (Dr. Iwama, 2007)
Abstract: Culturally safe occupational therapy entails recognizing the cultural contexts through which our therapeutic interactions are translated. Occupational therapy in its present dominant form – its knowledge, theory and practices, is culturally situated in Western spheres of shared experiences. Inherent in any dominant practice are issues of power and equity; the cultural norms embedded in one’s own practice can exclude many others. From living the complex and dynamic tensions between Maori and Pakeha, occupational therapists of Aotearoa/New Zealand have opportunities to reflect on and innovate culturally safe practices, and enlighten the world in recognizing the cultural nature of our occupational therapeutic selves.
Author: Dr. Michael Iwama
Published in: New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 54, No. 2, Sept 2007: 18-25