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OCCT1034 Therapeutic Engagements/Partnerships in Occupational Therapy Practice 1

Module Overview

This module will enable you to develop a range of communication skills that are required for effective therapeutic dialogue, which is a fundamental skill for occupational therapy practice. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your skills and identify areas for improvement. You will start to explore the concept of the 'therapeutic use of self' and have the opportunity to apply your skills in group and one to one sessions. as part of this module you will work with a charity to observe a range of communication challanges and reflect on these challanges from the occupational therapy perpective.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of effective therapeutic communication. You will have the opportunity to reflect on and practice a range of therapeutic communication skills, both on a one to one basis and in a group setting. As part of this module you will observe some of the communication challenges faced by clients.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise and discuss appropriate communication skills and use evidence to consider how these might be implemented and adapted to meet the needs of others.
  • Explain key components of therapeutic use of self and use critical reflection to develop personal insight into the professional use of this key aspect of professional practice.
  • Discuss the theoretical aspects and the practical application of group work skills and theory and reflect critically on group work experiences undertaken during the module.
  • Identify the core components of therapeutic relationships through personal engagement with relevant professional literature and reflection on experiences gained during the module
  • Recognise the importance of a client centred approach to occupational therapy practice and use personal insights gained during group work experiences to describe how this might be achieved.
  • Select and engage with relevant, professional literature to explain experiences gained during the module and to support the development of personal and professional insights into the therapeutic relationship.


Throughout this module you will participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which will consider and allow you time to reflect on the effectiveness of your communication skills. You will also have the opportunity through the community project and experimental group sessions to start to develop your group working skills. Client centered practice and engagement skills thread through this module and form a foundation for your further studies at level 5 and level 6 In small groups you will work with a local charitable organisation, initially to understand the the communication challenges the service users experience and to focus on developing an understanding of using a client-centred approach to working with service users and staff at the charity, and the development of a professional and therapeutic relationship. You will be expected to identify and implement realistic and appropriate means to maintain contact with the charity throughout the year as you will be working with the charity in greater detail at level 5

Special Features

You will be working with a local charitable organisation. This work will commence at level 4 and progress to level 5. External speakers will be providing workshops to explore communication challenges with more difficult to reach populations of service users.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and small group seminars will be used to develop understanding of key aspects of professional practice. These formal approaches to learning will be supplemented by practical experiences which the students will undertake in small groups. Students will be expected to engage with relevant and professional literature to further develop their understanding of concepts experienced.

Independent Study127.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Sumsion T (2006). Client-centred practice in Occupational Therapy - a guide to implimentation. 

Department of Health (2904). Choosing Health;Making Healthy Choices Easier. 

Kotter J, Englar-Carlson M (2010). Learning group leadership - an experiential approach. 

Department of Health (2004). The NHS Improvement Plan; Putting people at the heart of public services. 

Cipriani J, Haley R, Moravec E, Young H (2010). Experience and meaning of group altruistic activities among long-term care residents. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. ,73 , pp. 269-276.

Department of Health (2005). Creating a patient-led NHS: Deliveringthe NHS Improvement Plan. 

Department of Health (2008). Framing the Contribution of Allied Health Prpfessionals:Delivering High Quality Health Care. 

Nelson-Jones R (2001). Theory and practice of counselling and therapy. 

McLeod, J (2003).  An Introduction to Counselling. 

Tokolahi E, Em-Chhour C, Barkwill L, Stanley S (2013). An occupation based group for children with anxiety. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. ,76 , pp. 31-36.

Egan G (2007). The skilled helper; a problem management and opportunity-development approach to helping. 

Glassman U (2009). Groupwork - a humanistic and skills building approach. 

Schon D (1983). The reflective practitioner. 


Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment; students will receive verbal feedback on their own therapeutic group skills. Summative Assessment; Critical Reflection -Individually written critical reflection on personal development of a professional skill or attribute relevant to the module and their practical group work experiences  Students will receive their annotated script and written feedback on a module feedback form and via the electronic assessment system 100% Method of repeat year: indicate whether a module can be repeated externally, or if it is only possible to repeat internally by deleting those not applicable Repeat year externally Yes Repeat year internally Yes


Group work activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There may be a small travelling cost attributed to this module. However, every effort is made to ensure the charities are easily accessible via public transport

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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