Meet Karolina Maslanka, our new Occupational Therapy Apprentice

Date: 27 August 2021

Karolina Maslanka

At BEH we are pleased to offer Occupational Therapy (OT) apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

Today we would like to introduce you to Karolina Maslanka who will start the programme in September 2021. She currently works as an Associate Mental Health Worker at St Ann's Eating Disorders Day Programme.


Why did you want to train to do occupational therapy?
I am a very practical and active person in my personal life, so training in occupational therapy appealed to me as I feel that as an occupational therapist you are able to come up with practical goals and solutions to improve people’s lives and the job itself  can vary so much depending on the setting you choose to work in, meaning there is lots of opportunities for ongoing learning and variation of job roles. I also believe that being able to participate in purposeful occupations during treatment can be beneficial in motivating individual’s towards recovery, especially in mental health, as it allows individuals to connect or re-connect with different hobbies and interests. I have seen how this can in turn, support individuals to have a more positive treatment experience and help them to re-connect with their values. I feel passionate about the power that occupations have in enabling people to live meaningful lives and want to train in occupational therapy to assist with peoples’ journeys to recovery, independence or improvement of quality of life.

What are you looking forward to in doing the training? 
I am looking forward to being able to apply the theory learnt on university days into my everyday workplace and being able to use the models of occupational theory with more confidence in day to day practice throughout my training. I am also looking forward to seeing how occupational therapy is applied in physical health settings and how application of occupational therapy models varies between mental and physical health settings.

Any tips for those interested in going for the apprenticeship?
Think of why the role of an occupational therapist appeals to you on a personal level and why you are excited to join such a varied and evolving field of practice.

  • Summary:

    At BEH we are pleased to offer Occupational Therapy (OT) apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

    Today we would like to introduce you to Karolina Maslanka who will start the programme in September 2021. She currently works as an Associate Mental Health Worker at St Ann's Eating Disorders Day Programme.

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