Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy: The Theoretical Basis and Practice Application of Group Intervention
To lead effective groups, occupational therapists must develop the skills of group facilitation, design group experiences using different frames of reference, and adapt group interventions to a broad range of client populations. A core text for over 12 years, this revised third edition of Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy incorporates the AOTA's Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and provides an updated perspective on the design and use of groups in emerging practice areas.
Marilyn B. Cole explains how group activities can serve the needs of clients with similar physical disabilities and mental health issues by working on shared goals and providing a context of cultural and social support for engagement in occupation.
Throughout Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy, Third Edition, both theory and application are updated with regard to the AOTA's Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and the WHO's International Classification of Functioning. New chapter topics include client-centered groups, groups as social contexts, and a laboratory experience for students in developing cultural competence.
Cole's 7-step format for group leadership has been adapted for use in six different frames of reference: psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive behavioral, cognitive disabilities, developmental, sensorimotor, and the model of human occupation. This helpful processing method teaches students and therapists how to maximize client participation, facilitate group interaction, reinforce learning, and individualize application of occupational principles.
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I used this book in my OTA classes and fieldwork experiences in senior care and mental health facilities. Now that I've graduated, I'm turning to this book to organize groups in my work at a mental health facility. I would recommend the book to anyone that will be leading groups and wants to be well-prepared and organized.
I have graduated from Occupational Therapy School and am preparing for my NBCOT exam. I missed several questions on my last exam about groups. I found this book and read several chapters. I must say this was much better than the group dynamics book we used in school. I especially enjoyed the appendix tables groups and the detail it went into on pschodynamic and developmental groups. It gives ideas on how to teach students about groups and they seemed feasible in a classroom and that they would be effective. Some chapters seemd a bit wordy and I had a bit of diffoculty seeing how they specifically applied to groups, but in the end I felt like it was a much better book than what we had in school.