Beyond Occupational Injustice

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Beyond occupational injustice with Antonia Suszek, occupational therapist.

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Any occupational therapy practitioner knows that we often face tough questions surrounding ethics and justice.

We work in imperfect systems, and each day we see how societal systems favor some, while placing others at a disadvantage.

So, how do we process all of this? And, how do we see ourselves as contributing to the greater good?

One framework that has been taught in many OT schools is “occupational injustice.” But, the article we will review is a critique of this familiar framework. And, instead, it will introduce you to the concept of “capabilities theory.”

To discuss how these big-picture questions impact how you show up as an OT—including how your work can help address unjust systems—we’ll be talking to Antonia Suszek, OTR/L, BCPR.

This course is designed to meet the OT ethics CEU requirements for Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee.

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Primary Research Explored

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Secondary Research 

Supplementary Reading

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify the primary critiques of “occupational injustice.” 
  • You will be able to recall the basic pillars of “capabilities theory.” 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (10 minutes)

  • Why was this paper written?
  • What is occupational injustice?
  • What is the history of occupation injustice?
  • The manifestations of occupational injustice and related critiques:
    • Occupational deprivation
    • Occupational alienation
    • Occupational imbalance
    • Occupational marginalization
    • Occupational apartheid
  • Further overarching critiques
  • Advocating for a focus on occupational rights
  • Advocating for a capabilities approach
  • Authors’ conclusion and recommendations
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Antonia Suszek) (45 minutes)

  • Occupational justice is written in our practice framework; should we feel uncomfortable critiquing it?
  • Do you think that how we think about justice and injustice impacts the way we show up as OTs?
  • Do you find practical value in the concepts behind occupational injustice?
  • Did you find capabilities theory to be a helpful framework?
  • The article seems to imply that self-critique and reflection are essential in pursuing justice; do you think that is true? 
  • What are some practical ways we can show up in a more “just” way for our clients?
  • What are practical ways we can be involved in changing the systems around us to be more just?
  • Moving forward, how do you hope to see the concept of justice guiding the occupational therapy profession?
This course on Beyond Occupational Injustice is AOTA approved!

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In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn more about occupational injustice. The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Antonia Suszek, has no financial interest in this topic to disclose.


Antonia Suszek, OTR/L, BCPR

Podcast guest Antonia Suszek, OTR/L, BCPR:

Antonia completed her undergraduate studies in music and religion at St. Olaf College. Before becoming an occupational therapist, she worked to develop leadership skills in young people through cooperative play. She also organized restaurant workers pursuing fair wages, paid sick leave, and equal employment.

While earning her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Rush University in 2014, Antonia was voted the student “who best exemplifies the seven core values and attitudes of occupational therapy practice.” She considers this a step up from being named “most attached to the desk writer” in second grade. Since graduation, Antonia has primarily worked in the acute care setting at Level 1 trauma centers, but she also has some experience in outpatient hand therapy and acute inpatient rehabilitation. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Podcast host Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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Beyond Occupational Injustice with Antonia Suszek • OT Potential

Today we’ll be covering “Beyond Occupational Injustice.” We’ll look at new research and discuss it with Antonia Suszek, OTR/L, BCPR.

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Start Date: 2021-07-12

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