Nursing History Symposium 2017: Arts, Crafts, & Healing

Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry

Date: 02 Mar 2017

Presented by: Dr. Sasha Mullally, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of New Brunswick

Room: Room T182, UBC School of Nursing (3rd floor of the UBC Hospital)

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

To ‘Innoculate with the Bacillus of Work’: George Barton and the Making of Occupational Therapy, 1914-1923

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sasha Mullally, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of New Brunswick

Keynote Abstract: Early proponents of occupational therapy came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including nursing, psychiatry, social work, general medicine, vocational education and various fields within of the arts and crafts.  George Barton, industrial designer and arts and crafts patron, coined the term "occupational therapy" while organizing the first meeting of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (NSPOT).  He hosted the inaugural meeting at his sanatorium, aptly named Consolation House, in upstate New York in 1917.  The first NSPOT conference drew interest from across North America, and was an organizational turning point.  Using Barton's publications, memoirs and correspondence, this presentation will show how the healing potential of "therapeutic craft" prompted individuals like Barton to found a new field of practice.  By understanding Barton, his Consolation House program, and how clinicians responded to his ideas, we gain deeper insight into what many have called OT's  "multidisciplinary heritage of caring," unique within rehabilitation medicine and nursing.

Panel discussion to follow keynote lecture with: Dr. Alison Phinney, UBC School of Nursing; Dr. Helen Brown, UBC School of Nursing; Dr. Megan Davies, Health History, York University

Registration (Opens Jan. 16, 2017)

  • General: $15.00
  • Students & Retirees: $10.00

Hosted by the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at UBC School of Nursing with support from the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

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