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OCCT3035 Complex Therapeutic Engagements

Module Overview

This module offers you the opportunity to further develop and refine your understanding and use of more complex therapeutic approaches and skills. It brings together the themes from many of the modules previously studied together with your experience from your practice placements to enable you to engage with a range of complex issues you will face as a newly qualified therapist. You will study two mini options (from a range of options); each will provide opportunity to critically debate relevant therapeutic perspectives and interpretations of key areas of practice. You will be assessed on your chosen option using a presentation and viva format.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply, justify and critique a range of theoretical approaches and engagement strategies to interventions to maximise occupational performance and facilitate service user participation.
  • Identify and critically evaluate a range of evidence based occupational therapy interventions and approaches, critically engaging with the literature and playing an active role in debate on the topic.
  • Analyse the key components of therapeutic intervention and assess how these may be used to facilitate complex and/or innovative engagement in purposeful and meaningful occupation, considering integration of your topic into professional practice.
  • Identify and analyse occupational approaches to working with service users with complex needs and propose and justify strategies for working effectively with these service users.
  • To critically review and reflect on own professional and personal effectiveness in supporting service users to develop their own self- management and recovery based strategies.
  • To identify potential challenges and barriers in practice when delivering innovative and evidence-based interventions, including risk and cost considerations.


You will choose and study two options covering a range of practice. Examples of options available might include: - Sensory integration for children and adults - Health Literacy - Forensic mental health - Hand therapy - Frailty and palliative care - Dementia - Managing anxiety

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods will depend on the option chosen but may include experiential learning, lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, presentations, collaborative peer learning tasks, visits to practice and independent learning. School of Health Sciences staff, visiting clinicians and service users will contribute to the teaching in this module.

Follow-up work35
Preparation for scheduled sessions35
Wider reading or practice275
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

The resources required for this module will be dependent on the options available. In the past topics have included:. Health literacy Working in a forensic setting Frailty and palliative care Sensory integration Hand therapy Dementia Managing anxiety A list of relevant resources will be provided to you by your option module leads.



Formative Assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (30 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (30 minutes) 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:


Costs will be dependent on the option module chosen, but may include travel to specific sites to enhance your learning.

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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