Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Crowder, Ruth
Pub Date: 07/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: July, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 7
Topic: NamedWork: Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Curtin, Michael; Molineux, Matthew; Supyk-Mellson, Jo
Accession Number: 262495839
Full Text: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION: ENABLING OCCUPATION, 6th ed. Michael Curtin, Matthew Molineux and Jo Supyk-Mellson, eds. Elsevier, 2010. 51.99 [pounds sterling]. 676 pp. ISBN 978-0-08-045084-1

The sixth edition of this key text retains the same purpose and quality as previous editions while presenting a radically new approach. Leaders from around the world share their current thinking on the development of occupation-focused practice as well as offering specific strategies and techniques.

The book does not present a consensus view of occupational therapy, but includes a range of perspectives which challenge our thinking and generate critical reflection of what we do. It aims to drive the development of occupation-focused practice, and begins with a section on the philosophy of the profession and why so many therapists struggle to define and articulate what they do. This is balanced with challenges from perspectives from those who experience the work of occupational therapists.

The second section explores occupational reasoning, models of practice and the broad concepts that inform occupational therapy practice. The next two sections explore the essential foundations for occupational therapy, for example, areas such as client-centred practice and occupational analysis; how occupational therapists work with and within communities, exploring the work therapists can do in building communities and partnerships to achieve occupational justice. The final section focuses on working with the individual and how specific strategies are selected across practice settings.

I would recommend this invaluable text to occupational therapists at any stage of their professional journey as it challenges and questions in a way that will help both pre-registration students learn and post-registration practitioners develop. It is clearly written and well structured, and shows both where the profession has come from and where it needs to go if we are truly to enable occupation for the population.

Ruth Crowder, Policy Officer Wales, College of Occupational Therapists.
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