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OCCT2034 Applied Occupational Therapy Practice - Mental Health

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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.
  • 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.
  • Start to critically review evidence from professional sources to inform client centred OT intervention applied to selected case studies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

Independent Study117.5
Practical classes and workshops30
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2008). Occupational Therapy and Care Coordination: the Challenges Faced by Occupational Therapists in Community Mental Health Settings. 

Parkinson S, Forsyth K, Keilhofner G, (2004). MOHOST - version 1.1.. 

Kramer P, Hinojosa J, Brasic C, and Royeen C (2003). Perspectives in Human Occupation: Participation in Life. 

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. 

Duncan E (2012). Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy. 

Turpin M, and Iwama M (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A Field guide. 

Molineux M (2004). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. 

Goodman J, Hurst J, and Locke C (2004). Occupational Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities. 

British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012). Activity and Participation - self-assessment according to the International Classification of Functioning: a study in mental health. 

Ikiugu M, and Pollard N (2015). Meaningful Living across the Lifespan: Occupation-Based Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapists and Scientists (Occupational Therapy for a Changing World). 

Watson R, and Swartz L (2004). Transformation Through Occupation. 

Whiteford G, and Hocking C (2012). Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation. 

Gamble C, Brennan G (2000). Working with Serious Mental Illness. 

Law M, Baptiste S, Carswell A, McColl MA, Polatajko H, Pollock N (1999). Canadian Occupational Performance Model. 

Wilcock A (2015). An Occupational Perspective of Health. 

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2006) Recovering Ordinary Lives. 

British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012). Meeting the occupational needs of mental health service users: indicative care packages and actual practice. 

Creek J (2010). The Core Concepts of Occupational Therapy: a Dynamic Framework for Practice. 

Mackenzie L, and O'Toole G (2011). Occupation Analysis in Practice. 

Christiansen C, Baum C, and Bass J (2014). Introduction to Occupation: Performance, Participation, and Well-being. 

Finlay l (2004). The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy. 

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (1998) Outcome Measures - Information Pack for Occupational Therapy. 

Bryant W, Fieldhouse J, Bannigan K (2014). Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. 

Creek J, Lougher L (2008). Occupational Therapy & Mental Health. 

Fisher AG. (1999). Assessment of motor and process skills. 

Mental Health Foundation.



Case study


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2500 words) 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 are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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