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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.