Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice

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Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice


This book is a succinct and practical guide for students and practitioners applying occupational therapy models in the field. It provides an overview of the common models in practice and bridges the gap between theoretical texts on conceptual models and the immediate demands of practice. It describes occupational therapists' use of models within the realities of practice in a variety of contexts and takes the approach that practice models can be used as tools to guide clinical reasoning.
  • Provides an in-depth overview of 9 different models which can easily be compared and contrasted
  • Highlights the vital relationship between clinical reasoning and the practical use of models
  • Includes tools such as clinical reasoning memory aids, diagrams and major references
  • Presents models in the context of their culturally and historically situated development
  • Written by internationally renowned occupational therapists who are well experienced in applying models to practice


Chapter 1: Theory and practice Chapter 2: Professional reasoning in context Chapter 3: Occupational performance and adaptation models Chapter 4: Person-environment-occupation models Chapter 5: Canadian models of occupational performance and engagement

Chapter 6: model of human occupation

Chapter 7: Kawa model Chapter 8: Occupational therapy concepts

Merrill June Turpin, BOccThy, GradDipCounsel, PhD, Lecturer, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia and Michael K. Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BSc, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


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