Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach / Edition 1

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Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach provides a comprehensive overview of theories and frames of reference in occupational therapy. Unlike other texts, there are no distinctions between specialty areas as current and developing theories are applied to a continuum of health and wellness for all age groups. Practical guidelines are included to assist with evaluation and treatment planning. The focus of this text is wellness rather than illness. Applications and learning activities use occupational theories for personal growth and self-improvement. These activities provide the reader with a guide through the reasoning process, enabling them to select and apply frames of reference in a logical manner. Learning theory and its application to occupational therapy intervention will become a rewarding experience for both student and practicing therapist. The origins of each frame will be included as well as their objectives, function-dysfunction continuum, and views of change and motivation. Practical applications of each frame along with case studies demonstrate a new and reasonable methodology to organize theory for occupational therapy intervention. With all of the changes occurring within this field, Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy provides readers with the necessary guidelines to succeed professionally.

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"This is a superb introductory textbook on occupational therapy theory, with applicability for students, clinicians, educators and researchers alike. The book begins with a compelling discussion of current trends in health care and does a superb job of honoring the history of occupational therapy. It effectively sets occupational theory over the past century with the larger context of societal and health system trends. Tables accompany each chapter and effectively summarize these analyses. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students of theory and practice in occupational therapy, whether beginners or advanced, novice or experienced. This book represents a significant and thoughtful contribution to the short list of resources that attempt to provide a fair and even-handed overview of occupational therapy theory."  

— Mary Ann McColl, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556425738
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 44,112
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn B. (Marli) Cole, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapy Professor Emerita at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She is the author of Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy, now in its third edition (SLACK Incorporated, 2005). A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, she practiced for 16 years in mental health, pediatrics, and geriatrics. She holds an advanced certification in Sensory Integration and has published chapters on theory application, client-centered groups, occupational therapy (OT) interventions in retirement, volunteering, and end-of-life issues, theories of aging, and theory development in OT. As an educator, she has taught courses in therapeutic use of self, group leadership, frames of reference, psychopathology, geriatrics, sensory integration, group dynamics, evaluation, intervention, health conditions, problem-based learning, and research. As a fieldwork I coordinator, she has developed student experiences in hospital and community mental health, geriatrics, wellness, and prevention in the United States, England, Costa Rica, and Australia. Research interests and journal publications include mental health assessment, group size and engagement, time mastery, therapeutic relationships, civic engagement, and OT interventions for the Third Age (retirement). At home in Connecticut or in Freeport, Bahamas, Marli and her husband, Martin Schiraldi, enjoy traveling, cruising, skiing, sailing, and scuba diving.

Roseanna Tufano, LMFT, OTR/L, is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University as well as the Academic Coordinator for the department. Her interests and expertise are within the practice of mental health, where she has practiced for over 25 years among varied levels of care. As an educator, she has taught courses in OT theory application, psychopathology, group dynamics, psychosocial adaptation to physical disorders, and mental health interventions. She has published several chapters on related topics and has lectured and consulted to both professional and consumer-oriented audiences. With her advanced clinical degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Roseanna joins her husband Lou in a private practice called “Enduring Families” aimed to support individuals and families to endure meaningful roles. Likewise, she is very active in serving students within the Quinnipiac University community and was given the “Outstanding Faculty Award” by the Student Government Association in both 1999 and 2003. Among her most memorable endeavors at Quinnipiac, she delivered the “Freshman Address” at the University Convocation where her daughter, Carissa, sat among the incoming class of 2006. She enjoys traveling and spending family time with her husband; children, Carissa and Brett; and dog, Armani.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors

Chapter 1. Occupational Therapy’s Broadening Horizons 

• Eight Major Trends
• The Evolution of Occupational Therapy
• Paradigm Shifts in 20th Century Occupational Therapy
• Theoretical History of Occupational Therapy
• Learning Activities 

Chapter 2. Applied Models of Health Care in Occupational Therapy
• Medical Model
• Client-Centered Model
• International Classification of Functioning Model
• American Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
• Learning Activities 

Chapter 3. Applied Systems Theory in Occupational Therapy
• General Systems Theory
• Holism
• Core Concepts of Systems Theory
• Five Components of Systems Thinking: An Illustration
• Hierarchy Versus Heterarchy
• Impact of General Systems Theory
• Contexts as Subjective Systems
• Learning Activities 

Chapter 4. Theory Organization in Occupational Therapy
• What Is Theory?
• Levels of Theory
• Paradigm
• Occupation-Based Models
• Frames of Reference
• How to Evaluate Models and Frames of Reference
• Learning Activities 

Chapter 5. Applied Models of Community Health and Well-Being
• Occupational Therapy Practice Comes Full Circle
• Occupation, Health, and Well-Being
• Public Health and Occupational Therapy
• Health Promotion and Occupational Therapy
• United States Health Delivery System: A Mini Comparison
• Healthy People 2010: Goals and Objectives for the United States
• Determinants of Health
• Health Promotion Models for Community-Based Practice
• Learning Activities 

Chapter 6. Occupational Behavior
Chapter 7. Model of Human Occupation
Chapter 8. Occupational Adaptation
Chapter 9. Ecology of Human Performance
Chapter 10. Person–Environment–Occupational–Performance Model
Chapter 11. Model Integration 

Chapter 12. Applied Behavioral Frames
Chapter 13. Cognitive Behavioral Frames
Chapter 14. Biomechanical and Rehabilitative Frames
Chapter 15. Toglia’s Dynamic Interactional Approach
Chapter 16. Allen’s Cognitive Levels Frame
Chapter 17. Lifespan Development Frames
Chapter 18. Sensory Integration and Processing
Chapter 19. Motor Control and Motor Learning Frames
Chapter 20. Psychodynamic Frame
Chapter 21. Frames of Reference Integration


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