A successful webinar aimed at raising awareness about Occupational Therapy

A successful webinar aimed at raising awareness about Occupational Therapy; An emerging profession by experts in the field. 

The speakers Ms Neelum Zehra, Ms Faitima Khan and Ms. Sobia Haroon and the moderator Ms. Wania Noor guided students on what steps to take to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. It also highlighted growth opportunities at every step for the students enrolling in Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) and other programs at ZCRS. It explored the paradigm from paediatric health, to adult rehab, to geriatric, to psychiatry– focusing on the diverse work prospects of Occupational Therapy.

Workshop data for ZCRS

Working Saturday, the third Saturday of every month, is more likely a casual working day; but Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, most of the time tries to invest the day in career, intellectual or skill building activities for its faculty members. Subsequently, a workshop session on “Standards of Designing BCQs and SEQs” was conducted on 17th July, 2021 by the DED team of ZCRS. The session consisted of basic understanding of the QBS system, characteristic constituents of questions including Cognitive, difficulty and importance levels; structure and construct of One Best as well as Short Essay Questions and its practical implementation. At the end of the session, the audience’s attention was recaptured through interactive query and practice sessions on different aspects of the subject. We were glad to receive such an overwhelming response from the participants.

“CULTURE EXHIBITION” BATCH III

DATE: 15TH July

Reviving the heritage of indigenous cultures and embracing the diversity of societies globally. Occupational Therapy Department at Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences organized “Cultural Exhibition”. The students of Batch III, Semester IV, 2nd year represented Kohistani, Balti, Kalashi, Indus Valley Civilization, and Quechua Culture from Peru. They showcased each distinct culture highlighting their unique beliefs, religion, clothing, ornaments, architecture, and geography with great zest. They were dressed in their festive clothing and jewelry. The principal Ms. Sumaira, H.O.D Ms. Neelum, Sir Nabeel, Ms. Saima and other faculty members visited each stall and promoted exchange of knowledge.

Learning about other cultures helps occupational therapy students understand different perspectives within the world, it assists in dispelling negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. Occupational therapists, being an advocate for embracing differences, highlighted cultural diversity which helps recognize and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily our own. In addition, it helps build bridges to trust, respect and build acceptance along with fostering inclusion irrespective of diversity.

 Occupational therapy practitioners support the health and participation of clients through engagement in occupation, which is inextricably linked with culture. Thus, promoting indulgent and improved ability to adequately serve individuals who look, think and behave differently from us.

MENTAL HEALTH ORDINANCE OF PAKISTAN AND FORENSIC REHABILITATION 25th June 2021

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ziauddin Faculty of Law and School of Forensic Mental Health Scotland jointly organized a seminar on Mental Health Ordinance of Pakistan and Forensic Rehabilitation for undergraduate students of Doctor of Occupational Therapy on 25th June 2021. The objective of this seminar was to educate the occupational therapy students about how the legal system of Pakistan protects the rights of people with mental illness and commit crimes. Ms. Sadia Qureshi, Senior Law Counsel at Sindh Healthcare Commission discussed legal issues concerning the assessment, treatment, and care of people with mental illness, while Dr. Khuram H Khan Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at The State Hospital Carstairs National Health Service UK, talked about forensic services available at Pakistan and some joint initiatives to educate the community stakeholders about the need and importance of forensic rehabilitation.

HORTICULTURAL THERAPY

Date: 21st July 2021
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Horticultural therapy is one of the intervention modalities at Occupational Therapy that
utilizes plants and plant-based activity to achieve specific goals within an established
treatment, rehabilitation, or vocational plan. Moreover, it is also used as a mode for
developing sensory sensation, mood, interest, focus, and emotional regulation.
One-day hands-on workshop on Horticultural therapy was organized by the Department of
Occupational Therapy of Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, facilitated by Mr.
Abdul Majid, Manager horticultural, and Ziauddin University
Students of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program learned about the implementation
of horticultural therapy within various settings such as developmental, psychiatric, sensory
impairment, geriatric, and medical conditions of individuals. They also learned essential
skills that are required for effective occupational therapy and activity analysis to improve
occupational performance in life skills.

YOGA AND MINDFULNESS THERAPY

Mind fullness therapy: An Occupational Therapy Intervention in Mental Health

One Day Hands-on Workshop

 

Date: 18th June 2021

Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM

 

Department of Occupational Therapy, Zia Uddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences organized an introductory session on Mindful Yoga technique. Mindful Yoga is based on Buddhist-style mindfulness practice which uses yoga as a therapeutic activity to decrease mental and bodily stress. The objective of introductory sessions was to promote advocacy and the benefits of yoga in mindfulness therapy as an effective intervention tool among students of Doctor of Occupational Therapy on a wide range of populations. Students learned to perform and guide others about relaxation breathing exercise patterns. This session was conducted by Ms. Saman Aly, a foreign qualified Yogi who has completed 100 hours of Yoga teacher training from Thai Yoga institute Thailand, and Nutrition Health Coach L-1 Precision Nutrition –Canada

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

A webinar was conducted at Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences by Dr. Ahad Hasan, PT., on 04th June 2021 titled as “An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation”. In the webinar discussion was held on balance disorders as being one of the most common type of balance disorders caused by ear dysfunction encountered by individuals around the globe. Understanding Vestibular system is very significant in assessment and treatment of disorders. The role of the semicircular canals been found to play a key role in the symptoms caused by the Vestibular system. Therefore, it is of great importance to understand these aspects while treating Vestibular disorders. Different forms of Positional Testing were explained, with special focus on Head Impulse Test, Examination of the Vestibulo Ocular Reflex, Dix-Hallpike test for the assessment of symptoms. Epley’s maneuver, the Liberatory (Semont) maneuver, and Brandt–Daroff exercise maneuver is a good adjunct for rehabilitation purpose which was practically demonstated and discussed with in the session. Hence, knowledge and use of techniques is crucial for assessing and treating Vestibular disorders.

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