OCC205 Enabling Strategies: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups (8)

This subject extends the students' knowledge of occupational therapy, and the social science subjects already studied, to enable students to gain the skills to design and run a group therapy program.

This subject introduces occupation based therapeutic groups and how to facilitate effective groups by applying knowledge of group dynamics, effective design principles of the group structure and the use of intentional therapeutic communication strategies.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie 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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of and skills in professional decision-making and critical thinking as applied to various client-based scenarios; understanding of and ability to apply key theoretical models, research and theories related to occupational therapy practice; understanding of person-centred practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to design an occupational "goal based" group therapy program through applying knowledge of group dynamics and psychosocial health and wellness issues;
  • be able to apply intentional therapeutic communication strategies to facilitate effective group cohesion and enable therapeutic outcomes;
  • be able to facilitate an occupation based group by applying knowledge of group dynamics that has been developed through the practice, observation and self-reflection of group experiences during this subject; and
  • be able to apply professional reasoning to justify the group therapy program design and group facilitation strategies used.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Importance of occupation based group therapy;
  • Group Theory including dynamics & social groups;
  • Occupation based group theory frameworks;
  • Designing an occupation based group program & protocol;
  • Implementing an occupation based group program & protocol;
  • Group work facilitation skills; and
  • Intentional communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC205 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Groupwork skills for occupational therapy practice
Group work protocol
Group work facilitation exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.