Gelya Frank, PhD, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Anthropology, University of Southern California, USA
Occupational Scientist Teena Clouston offers tools for healthcare professionals and service providers, teachers and homemakers, workers and job seekers, and caregivers and retirees, to build better lives by balancing what matters most. Clouston pits current research on improving quality of life against the wider forces driving stressful lifestyles worldwide. No one-size-fits-all remedy exists for the debilitating effects of stress. Yet each of us can find the just-right balance of "doing, being, becoming and belonging".
Annie Turner, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Northampton, and Chair, The Elizabeth Casson Trust
As an occupational therapist Dr Teena Clouston is an expert in doing. In this very useful book Teena uses her occupational science expertise to explore lifestyle balance and how doing too much can be addressed by applying concepts of being, becoming and belonging. The accessible writing style of this excellent book allows readers to explore and understand neo-liberalism and its role in creating our Western 'busyness'. I recommend it to all those who work with and/or experience lifestyle imbalance.
Moses N. Ikiugu, PhD, OTR/L, Professor and Director of Research, Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota
In this brilliantly written book, Dr Clouston presents a thought-provoking reconceptualization of the notion of occupational balance. She argues that living a balanced life means resisting the neoliberal capitalistic pressure to value "doing" over other aspects of life, and instead pursuing personally meaningful occupations that enable "doing, being, becoming, and belonging". This is a must-read textbook for anyone who is interested in ideas about meaningful living through focused engagement in valued occupations.
This practical resource addresses a problem affecting many professionals worldwide. It will be of particular interest to help professionals, including occupational therapists, counsellors and therapists, and will allow them to apply the theories of work-life balance to real life in straightforward and tangible ways.
A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is an invaluable resource for any health and social care professionals working with individuals who lack decision-making capacity.