Module Details

HS872-7-SU-CO: Occupational Performance In Practice

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Steve Moores
Teaching Staff: Dr Mark Francis-Wright; Frances Sheppard; Anna Pettican; Anita Spielberg; & Dr Steve Moores (plus visiting clinicians).
Contact details: Rebecca Hindle, post-graduate administrator; Tel: 01206 874488 Email Address;

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module is designed to examine issues of physical and mental health and ill health, and the impact these have on human occupational performance. A variety of conditions experienced by people through the life span will be explored from a bio-psychosocial perspective.
Within this module, the complexities of occupation are considered and the role of the occupational therapist in enabling clients and carers to deal with the effects of physical and mental-ill-health will be examined.
The theoretical and philosophical basis of occupational therapy practice will be applied throughout, using a reflective approach.

Indicative Content
-Welcome and Introduction; module guide and assessment guidelines
-Bio-psychosocial factors impacting on physical mental health and ill-health
-Models of practice, frames of reference and approaches
-Aspects of spirituality, culture, race
-The applied OT process
-Occupational performance
-Impact on carers
-Mental health conditions
-Long term conditions
-Acute physical conditions
-Learning disability
-Conditions of old age
-Conditions of childhood
-Dual diagnosis
-End of life care
-Review and evaluation

Learning and Teaching Methods

-problem based learning groups (case-study based)
-lectures based on case studies
-visiting clinicians - OT in practice
-self directed study
-group work.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • Highly Recommended:
  • Atchison B. & Dirette D. (2007) Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Effect on Occupational performance. (3rd Ed) Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
  • American Psychiatric Association (2000) DSM-IV-R: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: text revision. - (4th Ed) Arlington
  • Creek J and Lougher L (Eds) (2008)Occupational Therapy & Mental Health (4th Ed) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Christiansen C.& Baum C. (2004) Occupational Therapy : (3rd Revised Ed) Performance, Participation and Well-Being, Thorofare: Slack Inc
  • Crepeau E.B. & Cohn E.S. (Eds) (2009) Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy (11th Ed) Philadelphia Lippincott:
  • Crouch R & Alers V (2005) Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health (4th Ed) London: Whurr Publishers
  • Curtin M, Molineux M, Supyk J. (Eds) (2009) Occupational therapy & Physical Dysfunction; Enabling Occupation (6th Ed) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Duncan E.A.S. (2006) Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Gelder M G (2008) Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (6th Ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hagedorn R. (2000) Tools for Practice in Occupational Therapy Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Halgin R.P. & Krauss-Whitbourne S. (2009) Abnormal Psychology (6th Ed.) McGraw Hill: Boston
  • Ikiungu M. (2007) Psychosocial Conceptual Practice Models in Occupational Therapy: Building Adaptive Capability St Louis: Mosby, Inc
  • Larkin M (2009) Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care. London: Sage
  • Sumsion T. (Ed) (2006) Client-Centred Practice in Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Implementation. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Wilcock A. (2006) An Occupational Perspective of Health (2nd Ed) USA: Slack
  • Kielhofner G (2008) Model of Human Occupation: Theory and Application (4th Ed) Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
  • Recommended:
  • Duncan E.A.S. (2009) Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
  • Everett T., Donaghy M & Feaver S. (Eds) (2003) Interventions for Mental Health. Edinburgh: Butterworth Heinemann
  • Finlay L. (2004) The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3rd Ed) Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes (Publishers) Ltd.
  • Nzira V. & Williams P. (2009) Anti-Oppressive Practice in Health and Social Care. London: Sage
  • Precin P. (2002) Client-Centred Reasoning: Narratives of People with Mental Illness. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann
  • Background Reading:
  • Christiansen C H, Townsend E A (2010) Introduction to Occupation: The Art and Science of Living (2nd Ed) New Jersey: Pearson.
  • Gaebel W (2011) Schizophrenia: Current Science and Clinical Practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Phillips J.E., Ajrouch K J., Hillcoat-Nalletamby S. (2010) Key Concepts of Social Gerontology (SAG Key Concepts Series). London: Sage
  • Rose N D B. (1994) Essential Psychiatry (2nd Ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Science
  • Ryan P & Morgan S. (2004) Assertive Outreach: A Strengths approach to policy and practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Watson M., Barrett A., Spence R A J. & Twelves C. (2006) Oncology (Oxford Core Texts) (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Publishing
  • Note: An online version of the above reading list can be found at:
  • This is linked with the library catalogue to enable you to check availability

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