Session 13: Clare Hocking, Ema Tokolahi, Elizabeth Townsend


About Clare, Ema, and Liz

Professor Clare Hocking and Dr Ema Tokolahi

Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand. We are occupational therapy academics, with British heritage, committed to the development of occupational therapy to serve humanity. Both of us identify as settlers in Aotearoa, and our recent work together has centred on occupational science, population level health promotion, and the virtual absence of Indigenous perspectives on the relationship of occupation and health. Clare is perhaps best known as the editor of the Journal of Occupational Science and for her work furthering discussions of occupational justice. Ema is building a reputation in establishing innovative student fieldwork placements that address the health and wellbeing of students in school settings.

Professor Emerita Eizabeth Townsend

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Dr. Townsend has a long record of occupational therapy practice after graduating from the University of Toronto. Her Masters and PhD are in Adult Education. She retired as a Founder and Former Director of the Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy. She is also a Founder and ongoing participant in the International and Canadian Societies of Occupational Science.

Session Title

(WEIRD) Occupational Science Propositions about Health Promotion

Session Details

Occupational scientists in WEIRD countries (western, educated, industrialised, rich, democratic) assert that occupation can positively and/or negatively influence health. Such broad assertions are difficult to support or refute. Our presentation draws on occupational science scholarship to examine six propositions relating to access to meaningful occupations, diversity and balance of occupations, patterns of occupation, and community-based projects. Drawing insight from Indigenous researchers, we conclude by asserting the need to examine and extend the proposed links between occupation and health promotion from both WEIRD and non-WEIRD perspectives.


Session 12: Jaime Leite Jr

About Jaime

Jaime Leite Junior (He/Him)
PhD Candidate at Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar/Brazil)
Visiting Research Student at Western University (UWO/Canada)

Jaime Leite Junir is an Occupational Therapist with an undergraduate degree from Federal University of São Carlos (2016). Has specialization in Mental Health (2018) from the School of Medical Sciences of the University of Campinas (FCM-UNICAMP). Currently working on PhD in the Postgraduate Program in Occupational Therapy at the Federal University of São Carlos (PPGTO / UFSCar) and as Visiting Research Student at University Western Ontario (2022-2023). He is Cofounder of the Quefazer Group: Studies and discussions in Social Occupational Therapy; Dona Ivone Lara Group: Occupational Therapy and Black People; and SexGen-OTOS: International Network on Sexualities and Genders within Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. Jaime is also member of the Metuia Network – Social Occupational Therapy and works mainly in the following themes: Dissidence of Genders and Sexualities, Social Occupational Therapy, Undergraduate Education, Professional Practice, Mental Health, Public Health, Ethnic and Racial Issues and Culture.


Session Title

Dissident Genders and Sexualities and Life Possibilities


Session Details

This seminar aims to create a dialogue about the possibilities of life faced by the population who experience dissidence of genders and sexualities. Taking the Brazilian reality as a central example, the proposal is that we can understand how the vulnerability and subalternization processes of these people create and maintain situations of social injustice, demanding actions from every society engaged in social transformation.

Session 11 Resources: Sakshi Tickoo

Sakshi Tickoo
  • Access the recording HERE on our YouTube channel! With CC (Closed captioning is the written version of an audio track ).
  • Sakshi’s website:


  • SexCare Book: About the Book: “SexCare is a self-paced, reflective workbook that helps in challenging the conventional ideas about sex, identify barriers (internal, external and relational) that limit one from experiencing their true pleasure potential and encourages to set an action plan through guided activities and sensory practices that can be incorporated in a daily routine; prioritizing sexual pleasure and wellness in ways that are practical and convenient. Through this book one shall focus on exploring and experiencing pleasure holistically in various parts of their lives by enhancing sensuality, connection and intimacy with oneself and/or their partner(s). The workbook addresses people in a gender-neutral language without assuming their orientations, abilities, limitations and/or relationship styles because no matter what your identities are, pleasure is a human right and everyone deserves it!”
  • Access the OCCUPIED Podcast of this session – All About Occupation

Session 11: Sakshi Tickoo

About Sakshi

Sakshi Tickoo (BOTh, Sexuality Counselor)


I’m queer, brown, Mumbai-based Occupational Therapist and Sexuality Counselor who is the founder of Sex, Love, And OT and the author of SexCare. My primary area of work and research are sexuality and mental health across the lifespan. I have worked in school-based, home health, and hospitals and currently provide my services through telehealth. I also help students and practitioners by serving as a speaker, mentor, and co-host of the Horn OT Please podcast. Apart from my clinical work, I create content on social media, avidly consume TV shows and memes, and nap as much as possible.


Session Title

Sexuality as an Occupation


Session Details

Human sexuality is an ongoing occupation that develops at each stage of an individual’s life. This session will focus on understanding the basics of sexuality and the various ways it translates into human occupations. It will also explore how therapists can practically integrate sexuality within their occupational therapy education, practice, and clinical settings.

Session 10: Michael Iwama

About Michael

Dr Michael Iwama

Professor & Chief Program Strategist

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division, School of Medicine

Duke University 

I am a Canadian Occupational Therapist, born and raised in Japan. My practice specialty was in ‘return to work/vocational occupational therapy’. I returned to Japan to teach OT in 1995, and
discovered the cross-cultural challenges of OT theory and practice. My work as a teacher and academician has taken me to professorial appointments in 7 universities in 4 countries. I am
passionate about DEI and interested in the nexus between culture and theory construction.


Session Title

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; the impetus for the creation of the Kawa Model


Session Details

The Magnificent Promise of Occupational Therapy is – to enable people from all walks of life to
engage and participate in activities and processes of daily living that matter. Occupation -as the culture of contemporary (Western) occupational therapy has constructed it, and the conceptual models that support and explain it are cultural artefacts; they mirror the worldviews and shared experiences of the people that created them. How universal and inclusive is our idea of occupation? What happens when our core concepts and models cross cultural boundaries of meaning? T his is not simply an international concern, as these same patterns of oppression can be seen in our domestic practices – in our very own communities. Occupational therapy continues to advance and evolve worldwide. New conceptual models and frameworks like the Kawa Model are needed to progress OT from the Modern era to the Postmodern condition.