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Research Article  |   March 1997
A Copernican Revolution in Clinical Ethics: Engagement Versus Disengagement
Author Affiliations
  • Ross Van Amburg, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Wyoming State Training School, 8204 State Highway 789, Lander, Wyoming 82520
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Ethics / Research
Research Article   |   March 1997
A Copernican Revolution in Clinical Ethics: Engagement Versus Disengagement
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1997, Vol. 51, 186-190. doi:10.5014/ajot.51.3.186
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1997, Vol. 51, 186-190. doi:10.5014/ajot.51.3.186
Abstract

Spiritual fulfillment in the professional role of occupational therapy practitioner is hindered by the ethical consideration of maintaining an objective client–therapist relationship. Objectivity is a disengaged perspective that depersonalizes human relationships. It operates on the tacitly performed, reductionistic assumption that all truth can be structurally represented and verified. However, to obtain meaning from truth is to adequately interpret experience through dialogue. Meaningful experiences are hermeneutical in nature and require engaged, sympathetic relationships to be spiritually manifested.