As I look back at this photo from August 2015, I didn't realize at the time that the first time I pressed "go LIVE!" on periscope ( a live broadcasting social media platform app), that I would become a pioneer in the practice of Occupational Therapy; to sail in uncharted waters. This introverted girl from the san fernando valley stepping out of her comfort zone. All eyes on me? ("oh crap" I thought)...I contemplated it, paced in front of the i-phone camera sitting on its side, leaned against stacked books on my coffee table. I had no idea what I was doing...except one thing kept hovering over me: I had to share what I learned up to this point with OT students and the general community who had not yet met an occupational therapist. I was compelled to jump into the deep end because I couldn't stand on the sidelines without sharing what I discovered along the way of my OT journey. I LOVED mentoring students in person during their fieldwork assignments I LOVED my job, spending time in one on one conversations with my clients during their evaluation and treatment sessions. I never felt comfortable speaking in front of a crowd (let alone an empty room with just myself and this camera filming live - with no ability to edit or know if anyone is watching by the way... terrifying). Well I am glad I jumped into the deep end; turns out there were more than just students seeking answers. My fellow colleagues needed support (new grad level to 20 year senior practitioners). This live broadcasting thing had shifted and grown into something bigger; a vision for what the profession can do for clients they serve; despite the difficult and uneasy environment we work in at times...and more importantly, what I can do for my fellow practitioners to serve them. I shifted from using Periscope and transformed my approach to provide the same mentorship via Facebook; to share words of wisdom and the steps to support my fellow practitioners in everything they need, want and have to do with sharing their services with their clients.
My most important personal goal I strive for daily is continuing to grow in learning and to provide service to those around me. No matter how many years I've practiced or how many times I felt confident in one subject, specialty or technique, I must never stop growing.
I must continue to learn over and over to serve my clients and colleagues effectively. I'm also here to serve those who also feel the same!
I have been on a mission to break down the barriers for my clients but, its bigger than that; my fellow colleagues deserve to have their barriers broken down as well. That's why I serve my #OTTribe on live broadcast.
If you are an OT practicing 1 yr, 10 yrs, never retiring and you're seeking to combat stagnation, promote effective practice and just have the support of yours truly, do the following (be sure to follow all the steps below to not miss a live broadcast):
1. "Like" myFacebook page: 8alexisjoelle
2. click on the most recent "was live" video and click the top right down arrow to select "turn on video notifications"
I know you are not the only one looking for this mentorship; be sure to share with your fellow colleagues.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
PS: I also moderate and broadcast at times with AcuteCare4OT and Holistic4OT on facebook of all things Acute Care and Occupational Therapy. You are welcome to join there. PPS: To check out where I started it all, I have old broadcasts on my community based broadcasting on Periscope:
- Download the free Periscope app on your smart device (develop twitter acct if need as this is how it informs you when there is a live broadcast)
- search handle @alexisjoelle to follow...it may also be helpful to follow @8alexisjoelle on twitter to receive updates on broadcasting.