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Creator of Kawa Model speaks at inaugural Mitcham lecture

The inaugural Maralynne D. Mitcham lecture and alumni luncheon, hosted by the Division of Occupational Therapy and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, was held July 19.

The day-long festivities attracted a standing room only crowd of nearly 125 faculty, staff, students and OT alumni. 

Michael Iwama, Ph.D.

Internationally renowned lecturer Michael Iwama, Ph.D., delivered the inaugural address, “East & West: Cross Cultural Implications on the Construction of Theory and Knowledge in Occupational Therapy.”

Iwama, an internationally known champion of culturally relevant occupational therapy, created the conceptual Kawa Model, which has been incorporated into occupational therapy curricula and clinical settings worldwide.

He previously held academic appointments at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia in Canada and at Kibi International University in Japan, and holds honorary appointments in Australia, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journals as well as five books on rehabilitation sciences. Iwama has doctoral degrees in medical and cultural anthropology and in sociology, a master’s degree in rehabilitation sciences and bachelor’s degrees in occupational therapy and human performance.

The lecture was preceded by a tour of MUSC’s College of Health Profession’s Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions and followed by an alumni luncheon with remarks from Mitcham. The afternoon featured both adult and pediatric continuing education workshops on splinting and therapeutic taping.

August 28, 2013

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