The course takes place in period

2 (2020-10-26 to 2020-12-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student has knowledge about different types of practical models for occupational therapy in psychiatric care and is able to use them both with individual patient and in group sessions. Student also know how the psychiatric conditions affect occupational behavior. The aim is also to give the student knowledge how to meet the psychiatric patient in an ethically right manner and understand the definition and practice of Occupational Justice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to: - describe how the psychiatric- and addiction problem is interfering with activity and participation and how this occupational performance affects on the persons mental health - choose and use propitiate frame of reference/model/method for the OT process. - motivate reasoning and choice of assessment tool/method in the assessment process within Occupational Therapy in mental health services - clinically reason though out the planning and the goal setting phases in the OT-process and use the perspective of 'Occupational justice' in given case context - use an evidence based approach when working with persons suffering from mental health issues - be able to plan, carry through and evaluate a group sessions and motivate for the activity used, when the aim is to facilitate mental health process. - describe owns learning process by writing in Inside Arcada blog

Course contents

Activity, participation and mental health The meaningful use of activity and group sessions. Recommendations and law for rehabilitation in mental health Professional reasoning Psychiatric problems and occupational performance

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in Occupational Therapy, The Occupational Therapy process, Activity, Health and Society, Occupation and Participation, Medicine 2

Previous course names

Occupational therapy for patients with psychiatric disabilities, Activity and paticipation II

Additional information

All workshops and other practical parts are compulsory. Absence will be compensated by an article report on the topic dealt with. One report/ absent workshop. Seminars are compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

Borg, B. Bruce, M.B 1991. The Group System. The Therapeutic Activity Group in Occupational Therapy. Thorofare: Slack. ISBN 1-55642-065-X Borg, B. Giroux Bruce, M.A 2002. Psychosocial Frames of reference - Core for Occupation-Based practice. 3rd ed. Thorofare: Slack. ISBN 1- 55642- 494-9 Cole, M.B. 2005. 3 uppl. Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy. The Teoretical Basis and Practice Application of Group Treatment. Slack Inc. Thorofare.1-55642-687-9 Creek, J.(ed.) 2002.3 uppl. Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Churchill & Livingstone. China. 0443-06447-4 Eklund, M. & Gunnarsson, B. & Leufstadius Ch. 2010. Aktivitet och relation. Mål och medel inom psykosocial rehabilitering. Studentlitteratur: Lund. ISBN 978-91-44-04868-0. s.275 Finlay,L. 2004. The practice of psychosocial occupational therapy cheltenham:Nelson Thornes Ltd. ISBN: 074877257x. References: Brown, C. & Stoffel, V. 2011. Occupational Theraphy in Mental Health. A Vision for Participation. Philadelphia: F.A Davis Company. ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-1704-9. 2.811 Ikiugu, M.N 2007. Psychosocial Conceptual Practice Models in Occupational Therapy- Building Adaptive Capability. Mosby Elsevier: St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN 10:0-323-04182-5 Koffert,T. Kuusi, K. 2007. 11 uppl. Depressiokoulu. Opi masennuksen ehkäisy- ja hoitotaitoja. Suomalainen selviytyjä- julkaisusarja.Dark Oy. Vanda. 978-951-9454-90-0 Koskisuu, J. 2004. Eri tietä perille, mitä melenterveyskuntoutus on?. Edita. Helsingfors. ISBN 951-37-4119-2 Koskisuu, J. 2004. Oman elämänsä puolesta, mielenterveyskuntoutujan työkirja. Edita. Helsingfors. ISBN 951-37-3765-9 Salo-Chydenius, S. 2003. Yhdessä harkittu toiminta - mitä asiaksakeskeisyys on toimintaterapian mielenterveystyössä. Pro Gradu tutkielma. terveystieteen laitos/ Jyväskylän Yliopisto. 7.p df

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 4 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 16 hours
  • Practical exercises - 4 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 23 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours
  • Seminars - 8 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Examination: A case report that describes the OT- process for a given client.


  • Marina Arell-Sundberg
  • Werner Tove


Arell-Sundberg Marina

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2018-03-17

The timetable of the course

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Course enrolment period

2020-10-12 to 2020-11-08

Assessment methods

2019-12-20 - Reports and productions
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2020-11-17 12:00 - 16:00 Aktivitet och delaktighet för mental hälsa Studiebesök: Mentalvårdsmäsan Arell-Sundberg Marina
Werner Tove

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