1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
1 x 4-hour practical weekly
1 Admission into MOT-Master of Occupational Therapy
1a Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
2 6 of OCCT8001, OCCT8002, OCCT8003, OCCT8010, OCCT9007, REHB8101
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and 2)
OCCT8004 - Occupational Therapy Evaluation & Practice 2
Assignment(s), Class Participation, Examination, Practical Work, Test
Topic description

This topic will enable students to extend their knowledge and skills of occupational therapy practice to an advanced level in the areas of children and families and people who are affected by mental illness. Key occupational therapy practice areas and approaches that will be covered include; therapeutic communication, play, sensory processing and modulation, risk assessment, self-management and trauma informed care.

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework will inform examination and analysis and of the occupational implications of motor, cognitive, sensory-perceptual, social and communication skills, and psychosocial and emotional development.

Educational aims

This topic aims to extend students' application of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, and key theoretical approaches to practice to an advanced level. Students will refine and extend their skills in occupational therapy practice in the areas of working with children, families and people who are affected by mental illness at an individual and community level.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse complex case scenarios and apply these to relevant models of practice to determine an occupational evaluation and intervention plan in the context of selected conditions and practice environments
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and practice skills relevant to working with children and families and people affected by mental illness
  3. Apply therapeutic communication skills and reflective practice while working with children and families and people who are affected by mental illness
  4. Explain and demonstrate the importance of practicing in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner at an advanced level
  5. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of health, wellbeing and the impact of these on occupational engagement at an advanced level

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.