Occupational Therapy

Communication and Reflection 2

Seminar, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
• acquire detailed knowledge of human communication and the related psychological mechanisms
• practise them intensively in small groups and in role play
• reflect on them
• apply different communication styles
• recapitulate the importance of social groups and their significance in a therapeutic setting
• take on and analyse several roles within a social group through self-experience
• learn to use the 4 phases of group building and group treatment in occupational therapy practice and derive a therapeutic benefit therefrom
• learn to deal with and analyse therapy groups taking into account different factors such as group dynamics, formal and informal structures, group cohesion and group norm, conflict and negotiation, and group management
• develop their reflective capabilities in discussion processes and in writing a learning portfolio
• experience critical reflection as empowering them in their development as an occupational therapist

Learning outcomes

The students are familiar with the occupational therapy process based on the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance (CMOP). They know about other models, theories and diagnostic systems in occupational therapy. They are able to combine the occupational therapy models and theories with medical fundamentals and apply them in their work with clients. They are able to keep documentation and compile information in written form. The students are also prepared for communication and reflection requirements in therapeutic settings.
Cognitive level:
The students
• are familiar with the occupational process, learn about models, theories and diagnostic systems (e.g. COPM) in occupational therapy and learn to apply them to case examples.
• are familiar with adequate documentation.
• know the principles of successful communication.
• acquire knowledge about dealing with conflicts and about non-violent communication
• understand the significance of groups for occupational therapy practice
Psychomotor level:
The students
• learn to carry out tests and assessments and can process the information in relevant models.
• can compile the information gained from the occupational therapy process in written form.
• are able to keep documentation.
• develop their methods of reflecting on their learning and actions
• apply communication, discussion and advisory techniques in a therapeutic setting
• test the group as a mechanism for participation and social learning in their own learning environment
Affective level:
The students
• reflect on their own actions and on those of the other students.
• experience themselves in different roles as patient, learner, proband and instructor.
• develop their skills of academic reflection and discussion of therapeutic actions based on the principles of professional ethics

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1-3

Assessment methods and criteria

Reflection within learning portfolio