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Using Occupational Therapy Theory in Practice



Using Occupational Therapy Theory in Practice

Gail Boniface (Editor), Alison Seymour (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33317-6 March 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 208 Pages


Competence in any profession depends upon an understanding of the theory that underlies it. This concise and practical text for students and practitioners bridges the gap between occupational therapy theory and clinical practice, offering highly practical advice on using theory in practice in a wide range of settings. It considers the nature of professional practice and the need for a sound theoretical basis from which to plan, implement and justify interventions, and investigates the practical use of occupational therapy theory and the issues such use raises in health and social care settings from a European perspective.

Every occupational therapy student worldwide needs to know about the underlying theory of their profession and its application to practice. The book particularly debates the nature of the theory of occupational therapy via the introduction of the concept of models of the profession as an umbrella for practice, all of which is brought to life via case studies incorporating expert advice, reflection exercises and assessment and evaluation forms.

Contributor biographies v

Foreword xi

1 Introduction 1
Gail Boniface and Alison Seymour

Section 1: Theory

2 Reconfiguring professional thinking and conduct: a challenge for occupational therapists in practice 9
Della Fish and Gail Boniface

3 Defining occupational therapy theory 21
Gail Boniface

4 FromStrands to The Invisibles: from a technical to a moral mode of reflective practice 38
Della Fish

5 The use of self in occupational therapy 49
Alison Seymour

Section 2: The Use of Theory in Practice: Some Practitioner Narratives

6 Developing the use of the Model of Human Occupation in a mental health service 63
Linda Keelan and Lisa John

7 Using Reed and Sanderson's Model of Adaptation through Occupation: a journey 76
Karen Lewis and Sharon James

8 Using the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance to reconfigure an integrated occupational therapy service 91
Sian Waygood, Margot Mason, Heather Hurst, Tamsin Fedden and Caroline Phelps

9 Dealing with the barriers to change whilst implementing the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance 106
Jane Walker and Gillian Thistlewood

10 Developing occupational therapy theory in Poland 120
Ania Pietrzak and Magdalena Loska

11 Using occupational therapy theory in Croatia 128
Andreja Bartolac

12 Personal reflections on understanding and using the Model of Human Occupation in practice 141
Sarah Cook

Section 3: Contemporary Discussions on the Use of Theory in Occupational Therapy Practice

13 Using occupational therapy theory within evidence-based practice 155
Carly Reagon

14 Occupational science and occupational therapy: a contemporary relationship 165
Jill Riley

15 Myths around using theory in occupational therapy practice 180
Alison Seymour, Gail Boniface and Louise Ingham

Index 189

“Regardless of where you are on your career trajectory; whether you need a gentle introduction to theory as a student or a refresher course on models or occupational science as an experienced practitioner, this book will have something for you. It ensures that we can all reconnect with the concept of theory and how it should underpin our practice.”  (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 February 2014)

"Overall, this edited text provides relevant food for thought for all therapists and would challenge students to consider serious implementation issues." (Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2012)