This taught module develops your ability to apply and link theoretical concepts that underpin occupational therapy with those who have mental health difficulties and mental illness. The module will enable you to justify and implement clinical reasoning with this complex client group. You will have opportunity to prepare for professional practice by developing understanding of the broad range of conditions seen in practice and applying these through the OT process. You will engage in weekly case study discussions exploring a range of assessments, interventions and outcome measures with this client group.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Select, justify and evaluate relevant and sensitive assessment and evaluation methods and gain practical experience in their use, in order to create realistic intervention plans.
- Start to critically review evidence from professional sources to inform client centred OT intervention applied to selected case studies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of risk assessment and risk management applied to selected case studies; including the importance of positive risk taking in order to enhance therapeutic gain.
- Appraise the changing role of occupational therapy within the contexts of current health, social care, private and voluntary settings and consider the potential blurring of professional practice boundaries in more generic settings.
- Confidently implement and manage self-directed learning and personal reflection and make appropriate links to learning experiences provided in other level 5 profession specific modules.
- Develop and justify creative and responsive client centred interventions applied to specific case studies in conjunction with your experiences to date and with reference to the evidence base.
Topics covered are:
- Contexts of OT practice
- Maintaining a commitment to client centred practice
- Current models, approaches and frames of reference
- Applying the OT process within mental health settings
- Occupational analysis
- Grading and adaptation of occupation
- Reasoned professional practice
- Professionalism and ethical practice
- Exploring a range of mental health conditions - for example - substance misuse, personality disorder, psychosis, dementia learning disability, depression, anxiety and long term mental health problems
- Critical engagement with the OT professional literature and related evidence bases
- Risk assessment and management in mental health
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
A range of teaching and learning approaches will be used during the module including lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and self-directed learning.
|Practical classes and workshops||30|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012). Activity and Participation - self-assessment according to the International Classification of Functioning: a study in mental health. , (75 Haglund L, and Faltman S 9 412-418)
British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2008). Occupational Therapy and Care Coordination: the Challenges Faced by Occupational Therapists in Community Mental Health Settings. , (71 Culverhouse J and Bibby P 1 496-498)
British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012). Meeting the occupational needs of mental health service users: indicative care packages and actual practice. , (75 Parkinson S, Morley M, Stewart L, and Brockbank H 8 384-389)
Turpin M, and Iwama M (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A Field guide. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Parkinson S, Forsyth K, Keilhofner G, (2004). MOHOST - version 1.1.. Chicago: University of Illinois.
Finlay l (2004). The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy. Hampshire: Cengage Learning.
Dancza K and Rodger S (eds) (2018). Implementing Occupation Centred Practice: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapy Practice Learning. Routledge.
Bryant W, Fieldhouse J, Plastow, N (2022). Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Glasgow: Elsevier.
Fisher, A.G and Marterella, A (2019). Powerful practice: A Model for Authentic Occupational Therapy. Fort Collins: Centre for Innovative OT Solutions.
Law M, Baptiste S, Carswell A, McColl MA, Polatajko H, Pollock N (1999). Canadian Occupational Performance Model. Toronto: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Publication.
Wilcock A (2015). An Occupational Perspective of Health. New Jersey: SLACK Incorporated.
Goodman J, Hurst J, and Locke C (2004). Occupational Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Molineux M (2004). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Fisher A. G and Griswold L.A (2018). Evaluation of Social Interaction. Colorado: Three Star Press Inc.
Whiteford G, and Hocking C (2012). Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Duncan E (2012). Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy. London: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
Gamble C, Brennan G (2000). Working with Serious Mental Illness.
Fisher A.g and Bray-Jones K (2014). Assessment of Motor and Process Skills Volume 2. User Manual. Fort Collins: Three Star Press.
Fisher A. G and Bray-Jones K (2012). Assessment of Motor and Process Skills Volume 1. Development, Standardisation and Administration Manual. Three Star Press, Fort Collins.
McCrone P, Dhanasiri S, Patel A, Knapp M, Lawton-Smith S (2008). Paying the price – the cost of mental health care in England to 2026. London: King’s Fund.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Case study
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Clinical Case Reports||100%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
|Clinical Case Reports||100%|
Repeat type: External