OCC205 Occupational Engagement, Creativity and Groupwork (8)


This subject builds on knowledge developed in OCC100, OCC103, and the social science subjects completed by the students.  During this subject students will develop their understanding of and have opportunities to practice, managing group dynamics and group facilitation skills. Students will further develop their communication skills and strategies as a way to engage people in occupations.  In addition, students will develop their understanding and use of creative, restorative, and productive occupations in professional practice, and view these occupations in the context of an individual's life experience, values and goals, and to develop the skills required to engage with people both in groups and individually.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC205
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss why and how occupational therapists use groupwork in contemporary practice, with reference to the history and origin of group work within occupational therapy practice
  • Be able to articulate professional reasoning in the designing, planning, implementation, evaluation and critique of a group therapy program
  • Be able to develop an occupation-centred group work program that demonstrates key group co-facilitation and management skills, an understanding of group dynamics, and an understanding of different types of groups
  • Be able to demonstrate beginning skills in coaching and motivational interviewing as strategies to foster engagement
  • Be able to explore their own creative process and occupational choice and its relationship to occupational therapy practice
  • Be able to demonstrate the relationship of occupation to health, particularly to mental health and wellbeing


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of the history and origins of group work in general and within occupational therapy and how this has impacted on contemporary occupational therapy practice
  • Professional reasoning, theoretical models and frameworks that underpin group therapy programs
  • Designing, planning, implementing and evaluating group therapy programs
  • Group facilitation skills, group dynamics, managing and fostering effective group dynamics
  • Advanced communication skills to engage people in occupation
  • Occupational engagement and choice
  • Creative problem-solving and professional reasoning
  • Promoting health through creativity

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 1.5 days duration. Students are required to spend a minimum of 10 hours participating in a group run in the community.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.