Advancing Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Summer & Long Vacation
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 20 April 2020
Monday 20 April 2020
28 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module focuses on the informed and skilled use of occupation as a therapeutic medium to transform lives of individuals, groups and communities.

Module aims

This module builds on concepts presented in Foundations for Occupational Therapy (HS892), aiming to facilitate your critical evaluation of the use of therapeutic activity and occupation within occupational therapy. You will investigate different therapeutic approaches to intervention and gain experiential knowledge of the professional reasoning required to consider various intervention options. There will be opportunities to focus on grading and adaptation of occupation and environment and change within the individual, enabling you to critically evaluate how service users adapt to new situations and needs.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

• Critically explore, evaluate and apply relevant theories to underpin the use of occupation within a single occupational therapy intervention.
• Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of intervention protocol(s) designed, to demonstrate a critical analysis of the impact of the intervention on meeting a range of individual service user needs.
• Critically explore how various therapeutic approaches can be applied to professional practice.

Module information

You will focus on informed, skilled use of occupation as a therapeutic medium for transformation of the lives of individuals, groups and communities. You will critically examine how therapy can be planned, justified, evaluated and communicated; conducting critical investigations of how the self can be used within occupationally-focused approaches and how different approaches to engagement are evaluated in practice.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: This module will focus on experiential learning to enable you to formulate appropriate intervention plans based on information gathered on individual cases and evidence-based practice. You will work in small groups on a series of cases (enquiry-based learning), facilitated by a tutor. Within these groups you will develop a single occupational therapy intervention protocol and deliver one session to a other members of your cohort; this will provide experiential knowledge of the development of protocols and facilitating groups/individual sessions. Lectures: Lectures and practical workshops to experience and lead therapeutic occupations. Independent: Small groups of students will work on a series of cases to critically evaluate service users' needs and inform the development of appropriate intervention plans. Placement: N/A for this module Online: Discussion forums are available on the Moodle website to be accessed by students regarding the module and its content. Students will also be required to utilise online resources to support their understanding of intervention options in relation to the cases provided within the module. Tutorials: One mandatory group tutorial is offered for students to discuss the module and the assignment. Individual formative tutorials are offered to students to discuss their reflection of the intervention session conducted. Skills: Small student led group work: to discuss and apply theory to cases; evaluate the OT process in relation to these cases; develop an intervention protocol(s) related to the cases provided; development and facilitation of a group protocol, including the application of evidence to support decision-making.


  • Finlay, Linda. (1997) Groupwork in occupational therapy, Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.
  • Yalom, Irvin D.; Leszcz, Molyn. (2005) The theory and practice of group psychotherapy, New York: Basic Books.
  • Duncan, Edward A. S. (c2009) Skills for practice in occupational therapy, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
  • (2014) Occupational therapy in psychiatry and mental health, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Chisholm, Denise; Dolhi, Cathy; Schreiber, Jodi. (c2004) Occupational therapy intervention resource manual: a guide for occupation-based practice, Clifton Park, NY: Thomson/Delmar Learning.
  • Curtin, Michael; Molineux, Matthew; Supyk-Mellson, Jo-anne. (2010) Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: enabling occupation, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Creek, Jennifer. (2014) Creek's occupational therapy and mental health, Oxford: Churchill Livingstone.
  • (2017) Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Finlay, Linda. (2004) The practice of psychosocial occupational therapy, Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes.
  • Cole, Marilyn B. (2018) Group dynamics in occupational therapy: the theoretical basis and practice application of group intervention, Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Summative Assignment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Sarah Croot, email: sarah.croot@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Lindsey Nicholls, email: lindsey.nicholls@essex.ac.uk.
Occupational Therapy Teaching Team
Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Bethan Collins
The University of Liverpool
Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Dr Roshni Khatri
UNiversity of Northampton
Subject Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 1125 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
1125 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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