Reclaiming compassion as a core value in occupational therapy

Yvonne Thomas, Diane Menage
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0308022615620682

Perspectives

Dr Yvonne Thomas
University of Worcester

It is interesting to reflect on the values that underpin practice and the consider their role in professional decision making. In occupational therapy we frequently discuss the therapeutic relationship, empathy and communication skills as the foundation to our interventions. Compassion goes beyond understanding the experience of others and responding to this in out communication. Compassion implies there is a behavioural response or action, aimed to alleviate the suffering of others. Compassion is the 'doing' of human understanding.

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