I address you today with joyful gratitude for this fantastic honor. Thank you! For almost half a century, I have practiced occupational therapy with a focus on brain injury. During the past year, I have reflected on my career and the defining characteristics that have shaped my practice and my life. Upon reflection, I have concluded that positive, empathic interpersonal interactions have been one of the most important factors in my personal and professional development. Empathy is one of the basic ingredients responsible for changes that occur during intervention. There is evidence in the occupational therapy literature that supports the need for further training in and understanding of this important process. In this lecture, I will provide a brief review of empathic interactions as they relate to occupational therapy, discuss interdisciplinary knowledge from positive psychology and social neuroscience that can enhance our understanding and use of these interactions, and offer...
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Editorial| Online November 01 2011
Accentuate the Positive: Reflections on Empathic Interpersonal Interactions
Beatriz C. Abreu
Beatriz C. Abreu
Beatriz C. Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Independent Consultant and Clinical Professor, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch, PO Box 2547, Galveston, TX 77553; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Online ISSN: 1943-7676
Print ISSN: 0272-9490
Copyright © 2011 by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2011, Vol. 65(6), 623–634.
Beatriz C. Abreu; Accentuate the Positive: Reflections on Empathic Interpersonal Interactions. Am J Occup Ther November/December 2011, Vol. 65(6), 623–634. doi: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2011.656002
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