Occupational Group Therapy helps group leaders achieve a higher and more dynamic level of therapeutic intervention, gain a better understanding of foundational concepts and research, and utilise active techniques that have meaningful and lasting effects on their clients. This practical guide encourages readers to use and develop their skills creatively in a range of interventions, including hospital-based work with acutely ill clients, physical acute care, and rehabilitation.
The text presents both the theoretical background and practical applications of occupational group therapy: core skills and concepts, styles of group leadership, clinical and ethical reasoning, and different models of therapy such as the functional group model, the model of human occupation (MOHO), and the occupational therapy interactive group model (OTIGM), alongside warm-up and ice-breaker techniques, role-play exercises, assertiveness and social skills training strategies, guidance on using psychodrama and the therapeutic spiral model (TSM) in group settings, and more.
- Develops the skills and self-confidence occupational therapists need to be effective group leaders
- Covers the functional and performance aspects necessary for occupational therapy intervention, including client handling, and structuring and communication skills.
- Discusses new ways of addressing common concerns and issues in various intervention settings
- Offers ideas and techniques for using higher-level interventions, such as psychodrama and the Therapeutic Spiral model
- Helps readers to design effective group experiences that allow their clients to “work on themselves” both inside and outside of the group
Written by an esteemed expert with decades of practical experience in the field, with a chapter from Louise Fouché, an accomplished occupational group therapist and developer of OTIGM, and foreword by Professor Emerita Sharon Brintnell, former President of World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT): Occupational Group Therapy is a must-have teaching manual and guide for undergraduate and post-graduate occupational therapy students, and for practitioners looking to increase their use of group work as a therapeutic intervention.
SECTION 1. THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND.
Chapter 1. Frames of Reference Relevant to Occupational Group Therapy and Classification of Groups
1.1. Frames of reference
1.2. Classification of occupational group therapy. Defining the scope of occupational therapy according to the level of emotional intensity.
Chapter 2. Research in Occupational Group Therapy
Chapter 3. Models of Occupational Therapy Relevant to Occupational Group Therapy
3.1. The Functional group model.
3.2. The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA)
3.3. The Canadian Model of Occupational Performance (CMOP)
3.4.. The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)
Chapter 4. The Occupational Therapy Interactive Group Model (OTIGM)
Author: Louise Fouché
Chapter 5. Core Skills and Concepts
5.2. Defense mechanisms
5.3.Transference and countertransference
5.4. Group format and structure
5.5. Cultural considerations in group work
Chapter 6. Clinical Reasoning, Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning Relating to Occupational Group Therapy
6.2 Ethical reasoning considerations in leading a therapeutic group..
Chapter 7. Styles of Group Leadership and Co-leadership. Guidelines to Address the Differences Including Working with Other Professionals
Chapter 8. Trans-disciplinary Service Delivery
SECTION 2 THE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO OCCUPATIONAL GROUP THERAPY
Chapter 9. Warm-up and Ice-breaker Techniques.
Chapter 10. Role Play
Chapter11. The Use of Psychodrama and the Therapeutic Spiral Model in Occupational Group Therapy
Chapter 12. Life Skills, Cognitive-behavioural Groups, Assertiveness Training and Social Skills Training (verbal and non verbal) Groups
Chapter 13. Community based Stress Management with the Emphasis on Group Work
Chapter 14. Practical Creative Activity-based Group-work in Various Clinical Settings, Including Hospital-based Group-work With Acutely Ill Mentally Ill Clients
Chapter 15. Maximising Occupational Group Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation
Appendix 1 Community Stress Management Manual
Appendix 2 Assertiveness