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OCCT1034 Therapeutic Engagements/Partnerships in Occupational Therapy Practice 1

Module Overview

This module will use an experiential approach to allow 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; - 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; - work with a charity to observe a range of communication challenges and reflect on these challenges from the occupational therapy perspective.

Aims and Objectives

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 and reflect upon the theory and practical application of group work skills undertaken during the module.
  • Use relevant professional literature to identify and explore the core components of therapeutic relationships that you will observe and experience during the module.
  • Select and engage with relevant literature to support the development of your personal and professional insights into the communication challenges faced by yourself and service users.
  • 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.


Throughout this module you will participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which will allow you time to reflect on the effectiveness of your communication skills. You will also have the opportunity through a community project and experiential group sessions to start to develop your group work skills. Client centred 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 communication challenges the service users experience. You will focus on developing an understanding of using a client-centred approach to working with charity service users and staff. These experiences will enable you to appreciate the stages involved in developing professional and therapeutic relationships. 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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There will be a shared emphasis on experiential learning alongside seminars and lectures. In small groups you will be supported through personal and professional reflection to develop your understanding of key aspects of professional practice and therapeutic relationships. You will be expected to engage with relevant and professional literature to further develop your understanding of the core concepts of communication explored and experienced.

Follow-up work20
Practical classes and workshops25
Wider reading or practice87.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

Department of Health (2004). Choosing Health; Making Healthy Choices Easier. 

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

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

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

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

Schon D (1983). The reflective practitioner. 

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



Group work activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 100%


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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