Course Description

Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory, Concepts, and Application

  This course explores how occupational therapy can be used as a change process to impact and influence health at the individual and societal levels, given current healthcare trends. Using seminal literature and assigned textbooks, learners will critically analyze and apply theories and constructs that underlie the practice of current occupational therapy and determine theories’ utility to explain and predict phenomena or therapeutic change. Through reflection about clinical experiences and case-based learning, students will critically analyze occupational therapy and related theories, practice models and frameworks and reflect on theories’ strengths and weaknesses in relation to clinical practice and/or research. Finally, students will discuss how theories can be tested and advanced through clinical research and testing of hypotheses.  


This course explores innovative occupational therapy practice models as well as emerging trends in practice.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Distinguish the origins of the core foundations of occupation and occupational therapy theory.
  • Compare and contrast the constructs of occupational therapy theory.
  • Differentiate and understand the application of various theories with a particular population and in a particular context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using occupational therapy theory to guide practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the various occupational therapy theories developed then narrow it down to application of one occupation theory in practice.
  • Apply occupational therapy theory to cases.
  • Identify the role and purpose of occupational therapy theory in clinical research.
  • Appraise occupational therapy theory and research based in clinical practice; articulate an understanding of the need/importance for generating evidence based in practice.