Using comics as a tool for reflection in
Reflection is an individualized experience that informs clinical reasoning, heightens awareness and encourages professional development (Kinsella, 2001). As a student occupational therapist, I have participated in clinical placements that have introduced me to the reality of working as a health care professional within the Canadian health care system. I have created comics that visually captured ethically challenging situations, which allowed me to engage in reflection and critical reflection in a unique way. These comics depict ethical tensions faced by healthcare professionals on a daily basis, revealing themes of personal judgement within healthcare practice, informed consent, and informal approaches versus formal approaches of assessment.
Danaka White is a student at the University of Western Ontario completing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her educational training as an occupational therapist she has combined her passion for the arts into the scientific practice of occupational therapy through artistically reflecting on experiences she has encountered in clinical practice.