Students bring to placements a wealth of information on contemporary occupational therapy theory and practice.  At times they are challenged to articulate how that theory and occupational therapy models and/or frames of reference influence their client centred decision making.  In order to facilitate student learning on placement guided by contemporary theory, practice educators may:

  • Request students to present to practice educators or at staff inservices on contemporary theory and literature within a practice area.
  • Reflect on their own use of theory for client centred decision making through reading the range of fact sheets and learning resources developed by the Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Program (OTCEP) in Queensland Health (click on linked resources below):

OTCEP Fact Sheet 1: Occupation and Occupational Therapy

OTCEP Fact Sheet 2: Occupation Focused Models

OTCEP Fact Sheet 3: OT Models - Challenging Misconceptions

Key Concept Learning Resource - Nature of Occupation

Key Concept Learning Resource - OT Models of Practice

Video: OT Theory & Clinical Reasoning

In this video, Jodie Copley from the University of QLD discussed how to embed OT theory into practice, Jodie also discusses some essential techniques to help your student develop their clinical reasoning skills through an OT framework.