OCC206 Enabling strategies: Working with individuals (Fundamentals) (8)


This subject guides students through application of the occupational therapy process to develop skills in assessment, intervention planning, evaluation and reporting to enable the occupations of individuals. Students will begin to integrate research evidence and use professional reasoning skills to support and guide decision-making. Students will use knowledge of theories, frames of references and evidence-based practice introduced in first and second year occupational therapy subjects, and apply these to clients from diverse backgrounds. Students will apply knowledge learnt in biomedical and psychology subjects to understand the effects of physical, neurological and psychosocial impairments on occupational performance. Activities and how they enable participation in meaningful roles is at the centre of occupation-focused practice. In this subject, students will learn how to identify and describe occupational issues and the importance of focusing on meaningful activities, including participation in education, work, play, leisure, social life, activities of daily living (e.g. showering, eating, sexual activity), instrumental activites of daily living (e.g. home and money management, shopping and accessing the community), rest and sleep. This subject will form the foundation for integrating relevant evidence into occupational therapy practice.


+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC206
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
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate evidence-informed hypotheses to describe the effects that physical, neurological and psychosocial impairments may have on occupational performance
  • be able to apply professional decision-making for assessment, intervention and evaluation with individual clients across the lifespan
  • be able to describe and appraise occupational therapy assessments and outcome measures to prepare for professional practice in a wide range of clinical areas
  • be able to develop a range of occupation-focused strategies/interventions to enable individuals to engage in personally meaningful life activities, informed by theory, evidence and current best-practice
  • be able to identify culturally sensitive and respectful strategies for engaging clients from diverse backgrounds in various stages of the occupational therapy process


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • A person's values and beliefs when applying the occupational therapy practice process
  • Principles of occupational therapy practice including purpose and nature of occupational assessment and the dynamic interaction between assessment and intervention
  • Planning and implementing generic and specific occupation-focused enabling strategies used by occupational therapists working with people from diverse backgrounds in the following practice areas: general medical and orthopaedics, neurological, ageing
  • Professional decision-making and clinical reasoning
  • Frames of reference/intervention approaches used by occupational therapists including but not limited to biomechanical and sensory-motor approaches; neural plasticity and recovery; strengths based approaches; task modification, grading and adaptation
  • Outcome measurement and evaluation of occupational therapy intervention
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Building on academic literacy skills to access, read, interpret and report on different forms of evidence


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.