Professional reasoning describes the reasoning process used by therapists as they plan, direct, perform and evaluate client care. Professional reasoning also can include reasoning conducted at a supervisory, managerial or educational level regarding occupational therapy service delivery. In the current complex practice setting, not only do therapist require high levels of professional reasoning but are also challenged with many situations that require ethical reasoning and face changing expectations of clients also require therapists to use shared decision making. This course will explore literature that examines and evaluates potential models for decision making by occupational therapists. Multiple case examples will be used to apply different types of professional and ethical reasoning and demonstrate methods for supporting professional development and ethical practice.
This course focuses on analysis of models and case examples of professional and ethical reasoning in occupational therapy.