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Why Money in OT Matters

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

I wasn’t gonna talk about this.

Even though it is something that I am passionate about. Even though it is something I invest my own time and energy into learning more about. Even though I feel like it is something important that should be talked about more. 

I’ve put out a few posts about money in the past and even have a podcast episode about it as well, but for some reason I just kept telling myself that most people don’t want to hear about money from this account. 

But after a conversation with two of my favorite people @mornings and @marvel , they inspired me that I should talk about this more, not only because I like talking about it, but also because it is important.  

And why is it important?

Because occupational therapy is our profession.  It takes time and money to pursue an education in OT in the first place. And then, once we are out and practitioning, it becomes our job and our livelihood. 

Seriously, money can not be removed from the equation when we are talking about our role as an OT. 

Having a positive connection with money has the ability to set you up phenomenally both personally and professionally. While having a negative connection with money has the ability to hugely impact your lyfe in some not so great ways.  

But conversations around money aren’t necessarily talking just about the act of making or spending money.  It has to do with mindset, with past experiences, with priorities, with emotions, and so much more. 

There’s a lot that goes into it. And it is so important to have an understanding to help us be the best practitioners we can be.  

So basically all of this is to say that I will be having some more money conversations on here. And if you’re one of those people who thinks that money has no place in OT, I encourage you to stick around and hear me out. 

I’ve got a lot of ideas already, but if you have specific questions about money and OT, drop them in the comments so I can share my two cents (get it?).

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