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OCCP5222: Psychosocial and Cognitive Strategies

2024 unit information

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to provide occupational therapy for people whose occupational performance is compromised by psychosocial and cognitive impairments. A variety of theoretical perspectives used to guide practice will be covered. Students will learn how to evaluate performance, design occupation-embedded therapy programs, clearly articulate the theoretical and evidence-based rationale for their programs, and select methods to evaluate outcomes from therapy

Unit details and rules

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Participation Sciences

Code OCCP5222
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the lived experience and impact on occupational engagement due to illness or disability with particular emphasis on people with mental illness and on others (e.g. carers) with psychosocial needs
  • LO2. understand the concept of recovery of people with mental illness and recovery as a guiding philosophy and practice within mental health field
  • LO3. understand the role of occupational therapy within the scope of mental health services and mental health specialist and generalist roles such as in early intervention, acute care, rehabilitation and community support
  • LO4. assess, using relevant occupational therapy assessments, the extent and nature of occupational performance in people with mental illness and with other psychosocial issues
  • LO5. analyse therapist’s own use of self as a therapeutic tool and apply therapeutic use of self in rapport building, engagement, assessment and intervention with clients
  • LO6. apply theoretical perspectives and best practice models in planning and implementing occupational therapy programs for people with psychosocial issues as individual sessions and within group therapy
  • LO7. describe the characteristics of major cognitive impairments impacting on occupational performance in adults with neurological disorders, and discuss the parallels that exist between adult disorders and those that exist in children with developmental and learning disorders
  • LO8. describe, compare and contrast major theoretical frameworks that have shaped occupational therapy assessment and intervention in this area of practice, and discuss contemporary perspectives on practice
  • LO9. observe, identify and describe the impact of cognitive impairments on occupational performance illustrated in video-taped examples of clients
  • LO10. establish occupation-focused goals and therapy aims from assessment findings, and develop intervention plans that are supported by the best available evidence
  • LO11. synthesise learning by developing a program submission for an occupational therapy program for clients with cognitive impairment.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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