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OCCT6013 Therapeutic Processes in Occupational Therapy

Module Overview

This module will develop your therapeutic dialogue skills and reinforce the principles of evidence-based practice to underpin the development and expansion of assessment, treatment and evaluation skills relevant to a range of physical and psycho-social conditions. It will introduce you to a range of design and intervention strategies that enable creative problem solving approaches in the management of these conditions. It will enable you to develop solutions and intervention programmes based on sound clinical and ethical reasoning that recognise the implications (including environmental, emotional and psychosocial) of living with a range of life-limiting conditions across the lifespan. Your awareness and understanding of the legislation, standards and guidelines that drive the delivery of health and social care will be reinforced, as will your understanding of the need for insight into the limitations of their own knowledge, understanding and competencies. You will increasingly take responsibility for your own learning and the potential of reflective practice in identifying personal development needs, particularly in relation to the assessment and treatment of ill-health and social challenges. You will have the opportunity to work with a local charity to develop and design solutions/ interventions that brings together your knowledge of the person, their environment and their desired occupations.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate tools to assess a range of physical and psychological impairments across the lifespan and justify their selection and application to individual case scenarios, demonstrating sensitivity to age, gender, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilise the data/information generated by relevant clinical assessments to formulate and prioritise a problem list that reflects both client and carer needs and relevant legal, professional, NSF or best-practice guidance and frameworks
  • Present a reasoned argument as to how proposed clinical interventions are supported by a critical review of the clinical evidence and integrated with the input to patient care offered by other members of the multidisciplinary team and relevant community resources
  • Work along side a charity to plan, implement and evaluate a meaningful activity for a specific group of service users, demonstrating high level communication and emotional intelligence skills
  • Use creative problem solving and the application of ergonomic, design and therapeutic principles with effective group working skills to design and evaluate a product for a target service user group


Syllabus will include: Assessment, evaluation and outcome measures appropriate to physical and psycho-social conditions across the lifespan. Legislation, standards and guidelines governing and guiding practice. How OT treatment programmes contribute to and complement input from the individual and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Effective utilisation of research evidence and best practice guidelines to underpin therapeutic interventions Risk assessment and management. Collection and analysis of valid and reliable clinical data that is relevant to the module. Effective treatment approaches (e.g. adaptive, remedial, and educational). Principles of treatment planning. A range of intervention techniques, treatment strategies and clinical skills relevant to commonly encountered challenges to occupational well-being across the lifespan. Complex and therapeutic moving and handling techniques and strategies. Adapting working practices to reflect working environments and contexts (including hospital, community and educational settings). Consideration of ethical dilemmas that might be encountered in the context of working with people with a variety of physical and psycho-social conditions across the lifespan. Consideration of the environments in which service users live, work and relax culminating in an environmental design project

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning will be conducted in formal lectures, group work and practical workshops. Small group and individual practical sessions will be run throughout the module to enable students to put theory into practice, to reinforce their learning and to start to develop practical clinical skills. Specific teaching and learning activities incorporated within the module will include the use of hypothetical case studies, video, slides and x-rays to add contextual information to theoretical principles, and to provide students with the opportunity to practise observational skills. Both OT staff and, where possible, visiting clinicians who are specialists in their field, will contribute to the teaching in this module. Collaborative peer learning and directed and self-directed study will form significant components of students’ activity and learning in this module. Ongoing formative feedback, including that provided by peers, will be used to explore the development of student understanding, to check for any misunderstandings, and to clarify and correct any misconceptions.

Independent Study142
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Dul, J & Weerdmeester, B (2008). Ergonomics for Beginners. 

Bailey, D. & Schwartzberg, S. (2003). Ethical & Legal Dilemmas in Occupational Therapy. 

Alfaro-LeFevre, R (2017). Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach. 

Whiteford G, Wright-St. Clair (2004). Occupation and Practice in Context. 

Farrelly L (2014). Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of 'Active Agers'. 



Case Reports


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation & Viva  (20 minutes) 50%
Written case study  (2500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation & Viva  (20 minutes) 50%
Written case study  (2500 words) 50%

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 travel or materials cost attributed to this module- but this will be kept to the minimum.

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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