Course Number and Title: OTA 224 Psychosocial Intervention
OTA 221, OTA 223
This course introduces the theory and application of occupational therapy techniques with a focus on mental health and well-being. Skills are developed to facilitate group treatment in a variety of clinical settings.
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- Demonstrate professional behaviors during the study of the theory and application of techniques in treating clients with psychosocial conditions. (CCC 3, 4; PGC 5)
- Discuss psychiatric diagnoses as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). (CCC 1; PGC 1)
- Apply key concepts of the occupational therapy process for individuals with psychosocial conditions. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1)
- Describe occupational therapy models of practice and practice settings specific to clients with psychosocial conditions. (CCC 5; PGC 1)
- Apply occupational therapy principles, including adapting the occupation and purposeful activity, modifying the context, and therapeutically responding to client behaviors. (CCC 2; PGC 1)
- Develop and implement group protocols to enhance occupational performance. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 1, 4)
- Recognize at risk behaviors and potentially dangerous situations, and identify appropriate safety procedures. (CCC 2, 4; PGC 1, 2)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Demonstrate professional behaviors during the study of the theory and application of techniques in treating clients with psychosocial conditions.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors in the classroom.
- Respond appropriately to constructive feedback.
- Self-assess behaviors, and modify responses.
- Demonstrate sound judgment regarding safety of self and others adhering to safety precautions during all activities.
- Discuss psychiatric diagnoses as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
- Describe signs and symptoms of mental health diagnoses.
- Describe the application of the DSM-V to occupational therapy intervention.
- Describe medical and somatic interventions that enhance occupational performance.
- Identify psychotropic medications, their side effects, and implications for occupational therapy.
- Apply key concepts of the occupational therapy process for individuals with psychosocial conditions.
- Discuss the influence of sociocultural, socioeconomic, diversity factors, lifestyle choices, and ethical contexts in which a client chooses and participates in occupations.
- Discuss ethical and practical considerations that affect the health and welfare needs of those who are experiencing or at risk for social injustice, occupational deprivation, and disparity in the receipt of services.
- Describe the importance of the use of occupation and knowledge of global social issue for OT’s role in health promotion/wellness and prevention of disease and disability for the individual, family, and populations who are at risk.
- Describe the basic features of the theories that underlie the practice of occupational therapy.
- Describe appropriate OT assessments addressing occupational performance and/or performance skills to address mental health issues.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities for the registered occupational therapist (OTR) and certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) in documentation, screening, intervention, collaboration and referral for additional evaluation in the mental health setting.
- Collect, organize, and report on data for evaluation of client outcomes under the direction of an administrator, manager, or occupational therapist.
- Describe and demonstrate participation in the documentation of ongoing processes for quality improvement, and implement program changes as needed to ensure quality of services.
- Describe occupational therapy models of practice and practice settings specific to clients with psychosocial conditions.
- Identify the relationship of human behavior to occupation, purposeful activity, and occupational performance throughout the life span to various occupational therapy practice models.
- Identify interventions consistent with models of occupational performance to various psychosocial conditions.
- Describe basic features of theories that underlie the practice of occupational therapy with a focus on mental health and well-being.
- Describe basic features of occupational therapy models of practice and frames of reference that are used for the population with psychosocial conditions.
- Describe the contexts of health care, education, community, and social systems as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.
- Identify strategies to assist the consumer in gaining access to occupational therapy services for psychosocial conditions.
- Apply occupational therapy principles, including adapting the occupation, purposeful activity, modifying the context, and therapeutically responding to client behaviors.
- Discuss the importance of balancing areas of occupation for the promotion of health and prevention of diseases for the individual, family, and society.
- Demonstrate task analysis in the areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, context and environments, and client factors to implement the intervention plan.
- Select and provide rationale in order to adhere to safety regulations throughout the OT process as appropriate to the setting and scope of practice.
- Provide training in self-care, self-management, health management and maintenance, home management, community mobility, community access, and work integration.
- Describe techniques for relating to clients when using therapeutic use of self.
- Describe appropriate strategies for selecting, grading and adapting the occupations, purposeful activities, materials, and environment in order to meet the changing needs of the client and the sociocultural context.
- Describe ethical issues that are involved during a therapeutic relationship.
- Develop and implement group protocols to enhance occupational performance.
- Define key concepts associated with group process in OT intervention.
- Describe the various developmental groups, their characteristics, and the roles of the group leader.
- Describe the activities used in groups that facilitate development of performance skills and occupational performance.
- Develop and implement a group intervention based on the principles of group development and group dynamics across the life span while demonstrating the skills necessary to effectively lead/co-lead a group.
- Participate in experiential group learning activities.
- Respond appropriately to client behaviors using therapeutic use of self in a role play scenario.
- Self-assess one’s participation in group learning experiences.
- Recognize at risk behaviors and potentially dangerous situations, and identify appropriate safety procedures.
- Describe at risk behaviors that may signal a psychiatric emergency.
- Describe the procedures necessary to maintain the safety of clients and staff.
- Describe and apply safety techniques in group process.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Lab Practical: Design and Lead a Group
Research Article Review
Case Study and Presentation
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Demonstrate knowledge related to the occupational therapy assistant, including patient/client interactions, therapeutic treatments, activity analysis, documentation, safety techniques, and therapeutic equipment.
- Exhibit effective nonverbal, verbal and written communication in patient/client and family interventions and education and in professional relationships.
- Perform competently a full range of occupational therapy skills with patients/clients and various populations as occupational beings.
- Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking in performance of occupational therapy, according to the profession’s standards of practice.
- Demonstrate professional patterns of behavior consistent with the profession’s code of ethics.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.