Using Occupational Therapy Theory in Practice by Gail Boniface, Alison Seymour

By Gail Boniface, Alison Seymour

Competence in any career depends on an figuring out of the idea that underlies it. This concise and useful textual content for college students and practitioners bridges the distance among occupational remedy conception and scientific perform, delivering hugely useful recommendation on utilizing thought in perform in quite a lot of settings. It considers the character perform and the necessity for a legitimate theoretical foundation from which to plot, enforce and justify interventions, and investigates the sensible use of occupational remedy thought and the problems such use increases in well-being and social care settings from a eu perspective.

Every occupational treatment pupil around the world must learn about the underlying thought in their occupation and its software to perform. The e-book really debates the character of the speculation of occupational treatment through the creation of the concept that of versions of the career as an umbrella for perform, all of that's delivered to existence through case experiences incorporating specialist suggestion, mirrored image routines and evaluate and assessment forms.

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The Model of Human Occupation offers an explanation of how behaviour is organised by the individual. It attempts to define the throughput area of the open system, that is how intake is translated to output via the subsystems within the individual. In the initial description of the model, Kielhofner (1985) proposed that this internal interpretation and organisation of information took place in a hierarchical structure of sub-systems as follows: r Volition r Habituation r Performance In later versions of the model (Kielhofner 1995, 2002, 2008), this hierarchy was transformed into what was described as a heterarchy, wherein the order in which the sub-systems were considered or used in practice was determined by the importance that the person engaging in occupations, or the therapist attributed to it.

They are offered here in the spirit of adding to rather than settling the debate around definitions. They also constitute a genuine attempt on my part to offer some workable and usable definitions of the terms, which may assist occupational therapists in their practice. Definition of theory terms In this section, I have chosen to define five aspects or components that I feel are contained to a greater or lesser extent in explaining the theory of occupational therapy. The components are as follows: r r r r r Paradigm Philosophy Model Approach Practice The definitions offered in this section will be used throughout this book.

Such skills concentration is often derived from an analysis of individual occupational therapists’ behaviour (which must be seen to occur and is, therefore, easily measured). Relying simply on the behaviour of individual therapists to define professional identity can distort the way in which occupational therapy is viewed as a profession. What such a competency-based approach to professional practice omits or overlooks is all the invisible elements of what is involved in being an occupational therapist, and all the aspects of it that do not easily yield to measurement.

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