The profession of occupational therapy has a highly specialised language, but until now there have been no standard definitions of its key terms.
Based on the work of the terminology project group of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), this book selects and defines the core building blocks of occupational therapy theory. Consensus definitions of a wide range of terms are developed through an analysis of published definitions from around the world. Concepts with similar meanings are clustered into groups, and the clusters are then arranged into a conceptual map. The book provides an analysis of what each term means in common usage, how it is used in occupational therapy, and its implications for therapeutic practice. The conceptual framework that emerges represents an important contribution to the profession's understanding of the fundamental concepts of occupational therapy.
The consensus definitions presented in this book will facilitate communication between professionals as well as with clients and others, and will be of interest to occupational therapy practitioners, students, educators and researchers.
Jennifer Creek is a freelance occupational therapist and a Mental Health Act Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission. She has been writing and speaking about occupational therapy theory and terminology for over 20 years, and has been working with the ENOTHE terminology group since 2003.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Anne Lawson-Porter. Preface. Section 1: Introduction. 1. The ENOTHE Terminology Group. 2. The Language of Occupational Therapy. 3. The Conceptual Framework. Section 2: The Performer's Perspective. 4. Forms of Action. 5. Action. 6. Structuring Action. 7. Boundaries to Action. 8. Personal Requisites for Action. 9. Energy Source for Action. 10. Social Contract for Action. 11. Place for Action. Section 3: The Observer's Perspective. 12. Understanding Action. 13. Measuring Action. 14. Facilitating Action. Index