Occupational therapists have immense potential to strengthen their role in supporting communities to recover from collective trauma. After traumatic events, a community-centred practice approach can be used by occupational therapists to improve health, safety, security and wellbeing at a population level. Three strategies to strengthen the role of occupational therapy in this critical area of practice are proposed: (a) work collaboratively with communities to design programmes centred on community strengths and needs; (b) select and use therapeutic occupations to support community recovery; and (c) develop strong networks to enhance community partnerships and sustainability of services.
Carra, K., Hyett, N., Kenny, A., & Curtin, M. (2019). Strengthening occupational therapy practice with communities after traumatic events. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82(5), 316-319. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022618795594