Psychosocial Frames Of Reference: Core for Occupation- Based Practice / Edition 3

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Third Edition describes the three variables of person, activity, and e nvironment and helps the reader to understand the relationships among these variables as they are viewed by the theoretical models presented in the text. The text provides an overview of the evolution of mental health theory models and thereby helps the reader put information int o perspective. Theoretical summaries are supplemented with extensive b ibliographies that the reader can explore and use as a springboard for finding evidence-for-practice. The theoretical and practice guides pr ovided in the text act as a basis for clinical reasoning and help the reader in the selection of a particular frame of reference and the ide ntification of intervention strategies.

This best-selling book has been updated and revised into a third edition. This pocket-sized reference is designed specifically for occupational therapy students and practitioners. Provided are many terms, concepts, and conditions essential to the field. This text is the perfect companion for school, fieldwork, preparation for the certification exam, and occupational therapy practice.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“…the authors skillfully engage both the novice and more experienced therapist in their outline of the theoretical approaches both within and outside of occupational therapy and provide us with a better understanding of the person in the person-environment-occupation relationship.”
— Alice Kusznir, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

“This new edition is especially relevant in today’s practice climate as novice and experienced occupational therapists endeavor to provide meaningful and collaboratively fashioned client-centered interventions which allow optimal engagement in occupation.” — Lawrence Zachow, MA, OTR/L, Doody Publishing

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Lawrence Zachow, MA, OTR/L(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: This book is succinctly described in its subtitle: Core for Occupation-Based Practice. It provides an expanded description of occupational therapy's continuing evolution in mental health and across its many other practice arenas. A focus on client-centered practice is central to this book. This third edition follows ones in 1987 and 1993.
Purpose: The authors purport to describe theoretical bases for intervention, to provide guidance in practical application of this knowledge, and to identify strategies for "best evidence-based practice and avenues for future research and theory development." These objectives are well met and the book provides a base for students and an impetus for professional growth through life-long learning.
Audience: This book is written for students — to prepare them for practice in a mental health setting and in multiple contexts outside the mental health arena. The authors are experienced clinicians and educators who bring years of expertise and reflection to this book, which is "grounded in the profession's belief that addressing psychosocial issues is at the 'core' of all occupational therapy." Given its descriptions of therapeutic intervention and related psychological, social, and cognitve theories, the book would also be appropriate for any practitioner wishing to better understand person-in-context fit and mental health concerns as they influence engagement in meaningful occupation(s).
Features: The book describes multiple and diverse models of practice or frames of reference for occupational therapy. Focus questions are supported by learning activities; highlighted terms and definitions enhance reading and comprehension. "Real-life" examples and cases are emphatically placed to elucidate. Appendixes are a positive feature and a useful adjunct to the text and valuable as free-standing resources.
Assessment: The authors continue to contribute meaningfully to the field of occupational therapy and the preparation of its future practitioners. This new edition is especially relevant in today's practice climate as novice and experienced occupational therapists endeavor to provide meaningful and collaboratively fashioned client-centered interventions which allow optimal engagement in occupation.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556424946
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 769,424
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Bruce, PhD, OTR

Mary Ann Bruce, MS, OTR, completed her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and home economics at Colorado State University and her master’s degree in counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently completing a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Southern California. She has pursued her interests in mental health, cognition, learning, group and community intervention, and administration in occupational therapy practice, education, consultation, and scholarly activities. Since beginning her career in 1967, some of her positions have included: Director of Occupational Therapy at Bethesda Hospital and Community Mental Health Center, Denver, Colorado; Associate Professor and Chairperson of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut; and Associate Professor and Interim Chairperson of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. She has assumed professional responsibilities as an accreditation site visitor for the American Occupational Therapy Association, reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, reviewer of several AOTA Self-Study projects, and test writer for specialty certification exams. Currently, she is an independent contractor in occupational therapy in Irvine, California.

Mary Ann’s current teaching and research focus is motivation, learning strategies, cognitive processing, and problem solving.

Barbara Borg, MA, OTR

Barbara Borg, MA, OTR, has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has engaged in occupational therapy practice and in individual, couple, family, and group counseling, consultation, and education with children and adults of all ages. She has held the position of Director of Occupational Therapy and Field Work Coordinator at Bethesda Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and for many years was part of the Colorado Council on Basic Education. She is currently assistant professor at Colorado State University, where she has taught for 8 years, and has also served as affiliate faculty. While teaching, she has maintained a small practice. In 1995, she received the Gilfoyle Award for Teaching Excellence.

Barbara’s articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and she has been a presenter at national and state professional conferences. She has been a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy amd Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, and served on the Editorial Board for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Cognitive Rehabilitation: Self-Study Series (1993). She and Mary Ann Bruce have co-authored two other books in the area of psychosocial practice: The Group System: The Therapeutic Activity Group in Occupational Therapy (1991) and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: Frames of Reference for Intervention (1987, 1993). Barbara and Mary Ann also contributed a chapter to Occupational Therapy: Overcoming Human Performance Deficits (Christiansen & Baum, 1991).

Barbara lives in Colorado with her two children, Andrew and Emily.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Evolution of Psychosocial Practice-Specialty and Core Occupational Therapy Contexts
Chapter 2: Person-Activity/Occupation-Environment/Context-Occupational Therapy Practice Variables
Chapter 3: Bases for Best Occupational Therapy Practice
Chapter 4: Psychodynamic Frame of Reference-Person Perspective and Meaning
Chapter 5: Behavioral Frame of Reference-Objective Perspective
Chapter 6: Cognitive-Behavioral Frame of Reference-Thought and Knowledge Influence Performance
Chapter 7: Model of Human Occupation-Systems Perspective of Occupational Performance
Chapter 8: Cognitive Disability Frame of Reference-Acknowledging Limitations
Chapter 9: Dynamic Interactional Model to Cognitive Rehabilitation-Developing Strategies for Multiple Contexts
Chapter 10: Sensory Motor Model-Physiological Basis for Improved Function
Chapter 11: Suicidal Behavior-Critical Information for Clinical Reasoning

Appendix A: American Occupational Therapy Association Psychosocial Core of Occupational Therapy
Appendix B: Uniform Terminology for Occupational Therapy-Third Edition
Appendix C: Life Developmental Tasks
Appendix D: Key Elements of Person-Environment Models
Appendix E: Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics
Appendix F: Occupational Therapy Process-The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice:Quick Reference
Appendix G: Mood Disorders-Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines: Quick Reference
Appendix H: Styles of Defense
Appendix I: Person Drawings
Appendix J: Intensive Outpatient Program Example-Application of Cognitive-Behavior Frame of Reference
Appendix K: Task Check List
Appendix L: Sample Cognitive-Behavior Group Descriptions
Appendix M: Processing Strategies and Behaviors-Dynamic Interactional Model
Appendix N: Developmental Groups
Appendix O: Group Assessment Examples-Dynamic Interactional Model

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