My Motivators

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Barrie Galvin’s View

Questions I’ve been asked recently are:

  • Why do you do this?
  • After 50 years of working with children, how do you keep your motivation?
  • What inspires you?

Well, the answers are simple.

Why I Do This: My Motivators

I believe we can make a positive difference in families’ lives. I’m excited about the huge diversity of this field – we constantly have to learn new information, and have the ability to apply clinical reasoning without a bureaucracy influencing what I can and cannot do within my field.

Personal Inspiration

It’s the great feedback we get from our clients and families about how we touch their lives. It’s our superb team willing to communicate, learn and work together with a focus on helping families believe in their own capabilities to help their children and be effective parents.

Career Inspiration

I wasn’t sure what profession I wanted to choose when I started as a student at Ohio State University.  During my sophomore year I was heading home in a car full of peers, who were listening to me moan about needing to change my courses, and someone asked what I liked.

Barrie Galvin of the Galvin Therapy Center

I answered music, art, the biological sciences, psychology and working with people. Someone answered that their roommate was in occupational therapy (OT) and was taking courses in all those topics. I had applied to the music school, the art/design school but then applied to the OT program and was accepted to all 3. I obviously chose OT as I knew I was no prodigy in music or art although I had background in both!

I loved the occupational therapy curriculum coursework and the emphasis it placed on anatomy and psychology (psychiatry was the actual origin of occupational therapy, not rehabilitation). My first job offer was in psychiatry in 1964. I worked with a nationally-known Occupational Therapist who was picked to head the OT portion of first federally-funded day care project at a time when patients were first being released from the mental hospitals into non-existent programs.

The psychiatrist heading the program was influential in supporting occupational therapy Ohio State licensure – not requiring a doctor’s referral. He believed OT should be community as well as medically based. From that job forward, I was never interested in having a “traditional” job. Truly, my day-to-day job is anything but traditional.

love it.

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