The Legacy of Mental Health Occupational Therapy: Whither Crafts? – Altmetric Editorial The Legacy of Mental Health Occupational Therapy: Whither Crafts? Fran Babiss

Fran Babiss became an occupational therapy assistant when psychodynamic approaches were in favour.  The love of arts and crafts heavily influenced her decision to join this career path, teaching those in need her skills that she learnt from her time studying at both LaGuardia Community college and New York University. However, she states within the opening paragraph of this piece of writing that she can argue both for and against the use of craft within this circumstance. Early on her journey of the use of arts and crafts she was inspired heavily by Anne Mosey. Anne Mosey said that even though she could not bring people’s homes into the hospital she could see how they made their way through life, as well, as their everyday lives, just by watching how they interact with an environment that is non-human.

The author also highlights the fight that occupational therapists had in order to use the crafts within the profession, reflecting on how she felt importance and access to special knowledge. Nowadays, the idea of using craft within this circumstance is normalised. Since starting as an occupational assistant, Fran Babiss has become passionate and interested in the subject raising the question of whether or not the practice of craft is still used to help those mentally. The answer of course is yes, however, the author of this piece asks ‘are people using the craft explaining the function and purpose of the activity?’ Referring to the importance of people understanding its roots. I have come to realise that on my quest to understanding craft I need to secondly understand what craft is used for today. In this section of research, I will look into mental health and the mindfulness of the action of completing craft.

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