This course explores how occupational therapy can be used as a change process to impact and influence health at the individual and societal levels, given current healthcare trends. Using seminal literature and assigned textbooks, learners will critically analyze and apply theories and constructs that underlie the practice of current occupational therapy and determine theories’ utility to explain and predict phenomena or therapeutic change. Through reflection about clinical experiences and case-based learning, students will critically analyze occupational therapy and related theories, practice models and frameworks and reflect on theories’ strengths and weaknesses in relation to clinical practice and/or research. Finally, students will discuss how theories can be tested and advanced through clinical research and testing of hypotheses.
This course explores innovative occupational therapy practice models as well as emerging trends in practice.